579 projects from 27 countries of the world will compete for the Crystal Compass International Award, which is being awarded for the tenth time this year. For the first time, the participants from Belgium, Canada, Kenya and Portugal will compete for the “geographical Oscar” together with representatives from Russia, Serbia, China, India, the USA and other countries. Among the Russian regions, Moscow (73 projects), the Republic of Tatarstan (39), the Krasnodar Krai (36) and Kemerovo Oblast (27) were the most active.
“We have received a large number of various applications and projects that were implemented last year, despite all the limitations and difficulties caused by COVID-19. Now the expert council has a big and responsible job to do — to identify the worthiest heroes of today, whose example will become a reference point for many others in the study and popularization of our planet," said the chairman of the expert council of the Crystal Compass National Award, Honorary President of the Russian Geographical Society, academician Vladimir Kotlyakov.
According to the organizers of the contest, the most popular categories traditionally were "Education" (123 projects), "The best socio-informational project for the conservation of natural, historical and cultural heritage" (110) and "The best mass media project" (74).
“This year the Crystal Compass National Award celebrates its landmark anniversary. For the tenth time, the ‘geographical Oscar’ ceremony will bring together the best projects and achievements from different parts of our planet. Already today we are trying to make it really special,” said the chairman of the organizing committee of the Crystal Compass National Award Ivan Chaika.
We would like to remind you that the tenth, anniversary, award ceremony will be held in September 2022 in Moscow. Meanwhile, 11 statuettes for the winners of the "prize of a high scientific and geographical caliber" have already been created by the masters of one of the oldest glassmaking centers in the north-east of Penza Oblast.
The Crystal Compass Award has gained international fame and authority during its existence. 3312 projects and unique achievements from 44 countries of the world and all 85 regions of Russia have been nominated for awards in ten years. More than two million people have expressed their preferences in the special category "Public Recognition", where the winner is determined by Internet voting.
Among the winners of the award and holders of the already famous crystal statuette are the National Geographic Society, the Swiss Polar Institute, Frederik Paulsen, the Institute of Glaciology and Ecogeography of Lanzhou University, “KAMAZ” PTC, Fedor Konyukhov, Lomonosov Moscow State University, and many others. The award is held under the auspices of the Russian Geographical Society with the support of the Presidential Foundation for Cultural Initiatives.
The winners of the eighth and ninth Crystal Compass International Awards were awarded on May 27, 2021, at the Moscow International House of Music. The ceremony became a bright event in the cultural and scientific life of the country. It brought together outstanding scientists, famous artists, public figures, authors, travelers, researchers, people who are not indifferent to the future of the planet. The meeting was held under the motto "The time of the first".
The strategic partner of the tenth Crystal Compass National Award Ceremony is “Gazprom Transgaz Krasnodar” LLC, the style partner is the company “Indever”.