Meeting of the Media Club of the Russian Geographical Society

Photo by: the press service of the Societ
Photo by: the press service of the Society

September 18, a meeting of the Media Club of the Russian Geographical Society was held in a new format: on board the ship. Guests of the event learned about the most striking projects of Russian Geographical Society, findings of expeditions, and plans of the Society for the future.

In August of this year, the Russian student became an absolute champion at the international geographical Olympiad (iGeo) in Quebec, Canada, taking the first place in the overall ranking with a large margin from the others. Alen was named the best young geographer in the world in 2018. Together with Olga Bogdanova who won the iGeo "silver" and head of the Russian team, member of the world Olympic organizing committee Alexey Naumov, Alen Kospanov took part in this meeting.

First Vice-President of the Russian Geographical Society, academician Nikolai Kasimov talked with the winner of the Olympiad about how his passion for geography had begun, and also discussed with the young scientist the project for the development of the Siberian region, "The Russian ark". 

Nikolai Kasimov also spoke about the expeditions of the Society. So, this year the archaeological research of the Valley of Kings in the Republic of Tyva has continued. The main object of the research has been the unique Tunnug mound. Apparently, it is one of the earliest and largest monuments of the Scythian culture. 

In addition, the archaeological expeditions "Secrets of the ancient artists of Siberia", "Salvation of archaeological monuments on the bottom of the Sayan sea”, "Akra, the ancient city of Bosporus" and others also continued. And members of the Hogland expedition on Bolshoy Tyuters Island discovered rare specimens of German weapons of the Great Patriotic War.

In autumn, the Russian Geographical Society will continue active research and educational activities.

In October, the all-Russian social events "Geography for children" starts. This is a special program for children left without parents, during which the Days of the Russian Geographical Society will be held in children's homes. Regional branches and youth clubs of the Russian Geographical Society will participate in these events.

"The events are aimed, first of all, at keeping children’s interest in geography, and secondly, at attracting our volunteers, members of youth clubs to such an important problem. The event will be attended by famous scientists, travelers, photographers who will be able to tell children about this country", said Nikolai Kasimov.

Works by winners and finalists of the Most Beautiful Country photo contest have been traditionally exhibited in Moscow, other cities of Russia and abroad for several years already. On October 1, the fifth contest starts.

"This year there will be a new category in the contest "Shot with a smartphone". Sometimes, a professional camera may not be with you at a right time, and the phone is always at hand," said adviser to the President of the Russian Geographical Society on Information Policy Anastasia Chernobrovina.In addition, a separate contest "The most beautiful country through the eyes of children" will be launched. Young photographers aged 5 to 16 will be able to take part in it. It has five categories. Winners in each category will receive a camera.

The winners of the VI contest will be awarded in December.

Another important event organized by the Society is the international geographical dictation. It will be held on November 11 at 12: 00 local time in all regions of the Russian Federation and many foreign countries. The annual event will take place both in person and online, on the website at!

Winners of the second all-Russian contest "The Best guide of Russia" were awarded at the meeting of the Media Club. The ceremony was moderated by Valdis Pelsh, a member of the jury and TV presenter. Editor-in-chief of the TV channel "My planet" Nikolai Tabashnikov, TV presenter John Warren and other famous people, members of the jury of the project, took part in the ceremony. 

Marina Nozhenko from Kizhi Island won the first prize in the category of the “Guide-professional. Museum” (she made a guided tour of the Museum complex of the island). Alexander Varlamov from Vladimir was the best in the category of "Guide-professional. City". Dmitry Tikhomirov from Moscow became the best in the category "Guide-professional. Route-maker". Anna Pivovarova from Rostov-on-Don was announced the best guide-amateur (she presented a talented video, where she read a rap about the city). The winner of the children's category was Arseniy Smakov from Ufa (the young guide is interested in history and wants to restore the Ufa Kremlin). Also, the jury decided to award special prizes to Evgenia Malyshko from Moscow and Philipp Batenin from Dmitrov.

Медиаклуб РГО впервые прошёл в новом формате - на борту теплохода. Фото: пресс-служба РГО
Первый Вице-президент РГО Николай Касимов. Фото: пресс-служба РГО
Победитель Международной географической олимпиады Ален Коспанов. Фото: пресс-служба РГО
Член совета отделения РГО в Республике Крым Геннадий Самохин. Фото: пресс-служба РГО
Заведующий кафедрой социально-экономической географии зарубежных стран географического факультета МГУ имени М.В.Ломоносова Алексей Наумов. Фото: пресс-служба РГО
Советник Президента РГО по информационной политике Анастасия Чернобровина. Фото: пресс-служба РГО
Сын легендарного альпиниста Евгения Абалакова - Алексей Евгеньевич Абалаков. Фото: пресс-служба РГО
Победители Всероссийского конкурса "Лучший гид России". Фото: пресс-служба РГО
Участники проекта "Зимний Снежный барс" Сергей Селивёрстов и Абилдаев Роман. Фото: пресс-служба РГО
Передача флага РГО участникам проекта "Зимний Снежный барс". Фото: пресс-служба РГО
Член жюри Всероссийского фотоконкурса "Лучший гид России" Валдис Пельш. Фото: пресс-служба РГО
Гости мероприятия. Фото: пресс-служба РГО
Победители Всероссийского конкурса "Лучший гид России" и члены жюри проекта. Фото: пресс-служба РГО
Скульптор Алексей Евгеньевич Абалаков передал в дар РГО ледоруб своего знаменитого отца. Фото: пресс-служба РГО