A meeting of the jury of “The Best Guide of Russia” contest was held at Moscow Headquarters of the RGS on September 5. Professionals in the field of tourism and travel journalism chose the winners of the project - the most enthusiastic and talented guides who can rise genuine interest to their region of the whole country.
Among the jury members of the contest are editor-in-chief of My Planet TV channel Nikolai Tabashnikov, president of the Association of Guides and Translators Alexander Osipov, winner of “The Best Russian Guide - 2018” Marina Nozhenko, editor-in-chief of Vokrug Sveta magazine Sergey Apresov, and other eminent experts. The jury received more than 600 works - vivid, informative, reliable mini-tours of the city, museum, natural route.
Nominations of the contest "The Best Guide of Russia" this year:
- “The Best Guide. Museum". This is about the history of museum collections and their collectors, amazing facts about the exhibits and buildings in which they are stored, legends of the great patrons of art and creators of museums in Russia.
- “The Best Guide. City". The nomination is for those who prefers the streets of his/her native city, town or village, full of sounds and images of the past, to museum storerooms. Not only stories are important, but the author's approach to the presentation, the ability to tell about a street, a house or a monument in his or her place of birth in unusual and fascinating way.
- “The Best Guide. Conductor". This nomination is for people who can conduct an excursion along ecological paths, specially protected natural territories, extreme, mountain and natural routes, find a path to rare flowers, tell where it is better to listen to an oriole, where the largest porcini grow and where the most picturesque view of the valley opens.
- "The Best Guide. Up to 18 years old". This is for young lovers of their native land who are able to make an interesting video tour of their favorite places (from 12 to 18 years old inclusive).
The special prize "Moscow Guide" from the TV channel "Moscow 24" will be awarded to the best story about the Russian capital.
The acceptance of work for "The Best Guide of Russia" contest ended on August 20. Any person over 12 years old could take part in the competition - both a professional guide and an amateur guide. It was necessary to shoot a two-minute video to partcipate in the competition. Ready-made stories were taken on the website of the project лучшийгид.рф.
In total, more than 1000 videos were received for the competition. Preliminary selection was 646 works that comply with the rules of the competition. Video tours came from all over the country - from Sevastopol and Nakhodka, Yoshkar-Ola and Magadan, Kaliningrad and Zheleznovodsk, Moscow and St. Petersburg
Guides approached the task creatively. Contestants' stories contain rare facts, amazing stories, poetry and lyrics, fun and drive, and always love and pride for their small homeland. Interestingly, this year the guides loaded dozens of bike tours. Volunteers, participants of expeditions of the Russian Geographical Society, also tried themselves in the matter. So, the videos came from Tuva, where the Complex Archaeological and Geographical Expedition of the Russian Geographical Society for the Study of the Tunnug Kurgan is carrying out, as well as from the Crimean Comprehensive Archaeological and Geographic Expedition "Akra - the Ancient City of Bosporus". You can watch the videos of the contestants here.
The winners will be named at the opening of the Festival of the Russian Geographical Society in the Zaryadye park on September 13. They will become the heroes of a series of documentaries on the My Planet TV channel, their unique tours will be seen by the whole country. The best guides of “adult” nominations will receive a cash prize of 100,000 rubles, and the winner of the “children's” nomination will become the owner of a video camera.
Nikolai Tabashnikov, editor-in-chief of My Planet TV channel: “For the third year in a row, it has been my pleasure to watch how people try to beautifully represent themselves and their small homeland. Once again, we watched with great pleasure participants that are very inspired by the project, have enthusiasm and creativity in approaches".
Alexander Osipov, president of the Association of Guide-Translators: “Evaluating the work of participants is such a hard job! We watched a huge number of great videos. It is very pleasant that there are so many talented, enthusiastic people in our country. Thanks to you, we find out new interesting facts about the history, culture of Russia, about us and our people".
Marina Nozhenko, tour guide at the Kizhi Museum-Reserve, winner of "The Best Guide" competition in the category "Best Guide - Professional. Museum": "This was the first time I participated in the jury of such a responsible competition. It was incredibly difficult to evaluate the work, as recently I myself, like you, was preparing to participate in the competition, came up with a script for the video, worried about the results. Thank participants that they love their homeland, tell us and everyone, who watches these videos, about the places we live in and how beautiful our country is. And special thanks for raising the profile of our profession. Driving excursions is great, interesting and even fashionable, because there are a lot of young participants. You are all the winners! "
Sergei Apresov, editor-in-chief of Vokrug Sveta magazine: “I was very glad to see works, I received great pleasure from it and am grateful to the contestants for this. I must note a very high level of technical level. You used modern scenic moves and installation methods, special effects, and this is amazing”.
Zeta Ermakova, head of the public association of guides and guides in the resort city of Sochi: "We are participating in the jury for the third time, and every year we are more and more surprised at how diverse the works that people submit to the contest, with what enormous love they are made. "Mastery in filming videos, selecting texts and finding interesting places is growing. They are shown so that the audience immediately wants to go there. This, I think, is the main point of the competition - to arouse the desire to travel around Russia".