The Expert Council of the International ARCTIC AWARDS' 2018 has determined the list of the best projects in 9 main categories - "Achievements in the development of the Arctic and Antarctica", "For a promising innovative Arctic project", "Living planet", "Knowledge - power", "Polar star", "Not icy heart", "Cinema and the Arctic", "Outstanding sports achievements", "Development of children's and youth sports in the world", as well as in the special category "For the best coverage of the Arctic and Antarctica in the media".
The Committee had to examine more than 1,500 projects from around the world before presenting to the Expert Council 95 projects which meet strict criteria of the International ARCTIC AWARDS. Mandatory conditions are that the project should really contribute to the development of the Northern regions, be unique, and have international significance. The Expert Council has selected 40 nominees whose projects had been included in the short list of the Award.
Among the nominees are the T-MOSAiC project dedicated to the study of the Arctic shelf and the Arctic ocean, program "Towing icebergs" developed by the Arctic and Antarctic research Institute (AARI), an Improved floating nuclear power unit developed by the "Iceberg" CDB in cooperation with SC "Rosatom", GEOPLAT Pro project - a solution for the search, exploration and development of hydrocarbon deposits in remote places. The Expert Council also paid attention to the humanitarian aspect – ecology, literature, education, charity, cinema. Such projects as the national Park "Russian Arctic", the series "Polar classics" of the publishing house "Paulsen" are noted. Interregional charitable public Fund "New names" named after I. N. Voronova, University of the Arctic (UArctic), Albert Gore Foundation of Climate Reality Project, ARCTIC MIA project of "Russia today", for supporting innovative projects in the field of ecology, the award nominated to the Hollywood actor and philanthropist Leonardo DiCaprio. You can see the full shortlist here.
International ARCTIC AWARDS was established by the Arctic World Club and the Association of polar explorers in 2015. Its laureates at different times were the most famous people in their field, whose activities and achievements really draw public attention. For example, Arthur Chilingarov, a legendary researcher and corresponding member of the RAS, was awarded the Prize by the Award Committee for his contribution to the development of the Arctic and Antarctic. In the category "For a promising innovative Arctic project" the famous sea traveler and Arctic Explorer Inge Solheim was awarded. In the field of charity foundations "Children's destinies" and "Gift of life" were awarded. "Snow legend" was the name of the nomination, the winner of which was Roman Patrushev, a man who became a legend of Para-Olympic sports during his lifetime. In 2018, the award was presented to the head coach of the Russian football team Stanislav Cherchesov for his invaluable contribution to the development of national football and high sports achievements.
The International ARCTIC AWARDS ceremony will be held on December 1, 2018 at the Ritz Carlton Moscow hotel as part of the Arctic Ball charity event.