The Airplane Rescue, Mologa Return, Bears Life: Who Has Got the RGS Award

The Awards of the Russian Geographical Society were bestowen in the State Kremlin Palace on December 7, 2018.

We congratulate the winners of the Russian Geographical Society Award - 2018.

RGS Award winners:

Nomination: "The Best Educational Project in the Field of Geography"

"The All-Russian Reserve Lesson" is an interactive lesson for schoolchildren, that tells about reserves and specially protected areas of Russia. "The All-Russian Reserve Lesson" was made possible thanks to the Ecological and Educational Center "Zapovedniki" and the support of the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Education and Science. Classes were held in more than 20 thousand schools of Russia for more than 500 thousand children. You can get acquainted with the project on the website: https://заповедныйурок.рф.


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Nomination: "The Best Research Project"

"The MSU Digital Herbarium is Russia's largest biodiversity database". This is a portal with images and metadata of almost all types of flora of Russia and neighboring countries. Immense informational base integrated with similar international platforms. Over one hundred people worked on the informatization of biodiversity. Only three states have this kind of the digital herbaria. There are a million specimens in the funds now. The herbarium is freely available.


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Nomination: "The Best Historical and Cultural Project"

"Flooded shrines of the Mologa region" is a large-scale study of the territory of the Rybinsk reservoir in the most interesting historical sites of the Mologa and Rybinsk districts. Experts restore images of flooded monuments, studying the archives, interviewing experts and local residents, conducting underwater photo and video recording.

Divers have already explored the flooded areas of such cities and villages as Vetrino, Ilovna, Borisogleb, Yugskaya Dorofeeva desert. After that, the experts analyzed the materials and on their basis built 3D models of the bunder, the foundation of the Musin-Pushkin maner in the Ilovna and Borisogleb villages. Now everyone has the opportunity to see the building in its original and modern forms. Work continues.


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Nomination: "The Best Youth Project"

"Good Surfing" is a travel service with a meaning. This is not as much a web service to search for various volunteer programs on one site, as the international community for all volunteers. There applicants can send an application, and organizers can easily find participants for their projects. The platform was launched on February 9, 2018. The starting point was the group in the social network. It quickly gained an audience. It turned out that many people tend to travel with meaning and are glad to consider this kind of offers. For the time being, the service and social networks of the project “Good Surfing” function in two languages ​​- Russian and English. The project has offers for volunteers to go to 59 countries. Thanks to the platform, volunteers from 73 countries of the world participated in Russian projects.


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"Special Prize of the Jury Prize of the Russian Geographical Society"

"Youth volunteer project for the flooded lighthouse-temple in Krokhino preservation". For ten years in a row, young people from all over Russia come to the village of Krokhino in the Vologda region to restore the unique Nativity Church. This temple is a symbol of the dramatic history of the Russian village. It was flooded in 1961 along with the settlements of Belozerye. The temple was located on a hill and was doomed to slow destruction, becoming a lighthouse at the mouth of the Sheksna River. Volunteers have developed a dam project that will help connect the island under the church with the land. The plans are to create a waterproofing system and equip a traveling chapel in Krokhino.

45 volunteer expeditions came to Krokhino from 2011 to 2018. They conducted emergency operations at the lighthouse, built a manmade dam, and rebuilt the laying of the washed-out walls of the temple. In eight seasons of work, more than 500 volunteers have been in Krokhino.


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Nomination: "The Best Media Project"

"Kamchatka Bears. The Beginning of Life". The documentary film tells about the first year of brown bears life. For seven months, the film crew LESFILM watched bear families in the territory of the South Kamchatka Federal Reserve named after T.I. Shpilenk to capture the secrets of growing one of the largest predators of Russia. The picture takes the viewer to the reserved world of volcanoes, rivers and wild animals.

The world premiere of the documentary "Kamchatka Bears. The Beginning of Life" was held on February 2, 2018 at the DocPoint International Documentary Film Festival in Helsinki and Tallinn. The national festival premiere took place at the closing of the Doker International Film Festival at the October Cinema in Moscow on April 17, 2018. To date, the film has been selected for 35 domestic and international festivals and received 17 awards. From October 11, 2018, "Kamchatka Bears. The Beginning of Life" is shown in 72 cinemas in 46 cities of Russia.

Nomination: "The Best Environmental Project"

Ecological educational project "Clean Games". The project originated in St. Petersburg and by 2018 spread to 114 cities of Russia and three foreign countries (Nigeria, India, Ukraine).

Holding the ecoquests is the business card of the project "Clean Games". During the competition, young people collect and sort waste, clean up natural objects and get points for it. The winner is the team that collects the largest amount of waste. Each event involves 100-200 people: students, high school students, representatives of youth volunteer associations, young married couple and local residents.

According to the rules of the game, participants have to post a photo of the completed task with a geolocation mark. Each event takes 2-3 hours. During the quest, participants collect from 2 to 5 tons of garbage, and about half of it is disposed. Events are held every week in different regions of Russia. Since 2014, 262 events have taken place. More than 20,900 people participated in them and more than 440 tons of waste were collected.


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Nomination: "The Best Expedition in Russia"

"Tyurikov Board. The Return". Expedition members have been preparing for evacuation from the Taymir tundra of the legendary "Douglas C-47" aircraft for more than three years. It has great historical value, since it is the only Lend-Lease aircraft on the territory of Russia. Members of the RGS regional branch communicated with the relatives of the crew members, raised archival materials. In 2016, on the external suspension of the Mi-8 helicopter, and then on the barge along the Pyasina and Yenisei rivers, the aircraft’s fuselage was evacuated. For technical reasons, the wings at this stage had to be left in place, they were removed only in 2017. Now the aircraft is being restored. After that, "Douglas C-47" will go to the Park Museum of the North on Molokov island in Krasnoyarsk.

Reference: Aircraft "Douglas C-47" entered the USSR from the USA under the Lend-Lease program during the Great Patriotic War. After the war, it operated regular civil flights. On April 23, 1947, the plane made an emergency landing in the tundra in the north of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, 180 km from the Volochanka village. During an emergency landing, the crew commander Maxim Tyurikov managed to save all the passengers aboard. The plane could not be detected. Four days later, the pilot, two crew members and six passengers themselves went to seek help, but got lost and went for a burton. Many years later, only the remains of M.Tyurikov were discovered. Rescuers found those who remained at the plane and they were evacuated a month after the accident.


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The ceremony was attended by the Chairman of the RGS Board of Trustees Vladimir Putin and the RGS President Sergey Shoigu. The head of state presented the award in the nomination "For the Best Expedition in Russia."

The amount of the prize in each nomination is 500 thousand rubles. The winners of the Prize were awarded by well-known public figures, scientists, representatives of culture and art, leaders of the Russian Geographical Society such as the TV presenter, MGIMO University academic Yuri Vyazemsky, the director Karen Shakhnazarov, the member of the RGS Media Council Konstantin Ernst, the President of the National Research Center "Kurchatov Institute" Mikhail Kovalchuk, etc.

The RGS Award is one of the most prestigious Russian award for outstanding expeditions, innovative ideas in the field of education and enlightenment, scientific research, films and books that unlock unknown aspects in Russia.

The first award took place in 1847, just two years after the foundation of the Society. There was presented the Zhukov Prize (after the name of the major manufacturer Vasily Zhukov of the 19th century). Then, in different years, the Russian Geographical Society presented the award named after Alexei Tillo, Nikolai Przhevalsky, Semyon Dezhnev to scientists.

This tradition was interrupted in the twentieth century, but it has continued since 2014. The Award is presented every two years.

The RGS received 542 applications in 2018 - by one third more than during the previous competition. The participants were residents of 76 regions of Russia and foreign countries.