On November 24, 2016, the State Kremlin Palace hosted a ceremony of presenting of the Russian Geographical Society Award.
This is an award in the field of national geography, ecology, preservation and popularization of the natural, historical and cultural heritage of Russia. It is held once every two years and has an international status.And it was held in 2014 for the first time.
Congratulations to the winners of 2016!
Project "Hydrographic Research to Create a Digital Model of the Bottom Features of the Russian sector of the Central Arctic".
Prizes were awarded to the participants of this large-scale expedition by the First Vice-President of the RGS, a well-known researcher of the Arctic and Antarctic, Hero of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation Artur Chilingarov, as well as Russian journalist, TV presenter, traveler Mikhail Kozhukhov.
Category "Education and Enlightenment"
Project "Tatarstan At Your Fingertips"
The authors of the project Nail Safargaleyev and Gelyusya Zakirova were awarded by a member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society Viktor Vekselberg and film director, chairman of the Union of Filmmakers in Russia Nikita Mikhalkov.
Category "Scientific Research"
Project "Medical And Geographical Atlas of Russia "Natural Focal Diseases".
Atlas editor-in-chief Svetlana Malkhazova and her colleague Varvara Mironova received an award from the hands of representatives of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society Sergey Ivanov and Konstantin Chuychenko.
Category "Public Recognition"
The project that won the nomination - "Complex Expedition "The Pole of Cold Connects the Oceans" was not chosen by the jury, but by popular vote on the website of the Russian Geographical Society.
The award was given to the expedition leader Nikolai Nakhodkin and his colleague Afanasy Nikolaev by two-time Olympic champion Vyacheslav Fetisov and Olympic champion in high jump Anna Chicherova.
Сategory "Popularization of the Natural, Historical and Cultural Heritage of Russia"
Project "Vostok Station. On the Verge of Life"
The award to producer Alexander Zhukov and director Olga Stefanova was presented by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
“Dear friends!” Vladimir Putin addressed the audience. “I would like to say a little more than I am supposed to say about the last nomination.”
“And first of all, taking this opportunity, which is not often provided to us, I would like to thank everyone, absolutely everyone, who takes a practical part in the life of the Russian Geographical Society. Those who, under the auspices of this remarkable organization, conduct scientific research, lectures, environmental watches, search works and expeditions. All those who work in all our categories. And of course, I would like to thank people without whom these projects could certainly not take place - I mean our trustees.
All of you do a very important, necessary, and, without any exaggeration, extremely interesting, exciting work. With your work, achievements, you give an example of creative, useful participation in the life of our country. And it is important that the number of followers of this type of activity is constantly growing ...
The jury of the Award is headed by the President of the Russian Geographical Society Sergey Shoigu. The seating of judges also includes the First Vice-Presidents of the Russian Geographical Society Arthur Chilingarov and Nikolay Kasimov, directors Nikita Mikhalkov and Fyodor Bondarchuk, TV presenters Nikolai Drozdov and Mikhail Kozhukhov, a scientist and traveler Frederic Paulsen, as well as other famous scientists, public figures, representatives of culture and art.
Applications for the Award were accepted from July 1 to September 30, 2016 on the website of the Russian Geographical Society. For three months, the RGS received about 400 projects from all over Russia, as well as from other countries of the world. The geography of competitioners is vast: in addition to our country, there are Brazil, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Uzbekistan, Belarus and others. A citizen or organization from any country in the world could apply for the Award, upon condition that their projects are dedicated to Russia.
In addition, the winners of the photo contest "The Most Beautiful Country" were announced at the award ceremony.