The jury of the all-Russian ‘Best guide of Russia’ contest met at the Moscow Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society. The contest was aimed at finding the most enthusiastic and talented guides who can make the whole country fall in love with their region.
In order to take part in it, it was necessary to shoot a two-minute video in Russian, containing a bright story about a wonderful attraction in any Russian region (of cultural, museum or nature significance) and publish on the website at: лучшийгид.рф or on the official page of the Russian Geographical Society in the Vkontakte.
There were five categories:
-Professional Guide. Museum;
-Professional Guide. City;
-Professional Guide. Route-maker. For professional guides to special routes, e.g. mountain walking, ecological trails, specially protected nature territories.
-Guide-amateur. Under 18.
This year the jury will consisted of: Alexander Osipov, the President of the Association of Guides, Interpreters and Tour managers; Viktor Kruzhalin, the vice-chairman of the Russian Geographical Society Commission on the development of tourism; Valdis Pelsh, a TV person and author of documentary films; John Warren, a TV showman; Nikolay Tabashnikov, the chief editor of "My Planet" TV channel; Anastasia Chernobrovina, the Advisor to the President of the Russian Geographical Society on Information Policy; Tatiana Bukharina, a TV presenter and Chairman of the Association of Guides in Crimea; Ekaterina Leshchanova, the President of the Nizhny Novgorod Association of Tour Guides; Zetta Ermakova, the head of the Public Association of Guides and Tour Guides of Sochi.
The jury reviewed about six hundred videos tours that had been submitted for the contest and selected winners in all categories. Their names will be announced in mid-September. The winners will get a unique opportunity to become characters of films on "My Planet» TV channel; and their author's excursions will be watched by the whole country! Best guides over 18 years old will get a prize of 100,000 rubles, and the winner in the category for young guides (under 18) will receive a video camera.