The Traveling summer school of karst (UNESCO) successfully completed

On May 15, 2017 Fourth edition of the International Competition "Karst under Defense - a Generation Gift" was announced. It will be held in the traditional 5 categories, as some of the competition rubrics have been updated and new ones have been added. The competition will be held within the framework of the next International Science and Practice Forum "Protected Kast Territories - Legislation, Tourism, and Monitoring" (ProKARSTerra`2019, Sofia). The deadline for participation in the competition is 14 April 2019. circular letter of invitation will be sent to many institutions and organizations in Bulgaria and around the World. For more information, please review the sections of this site and see for updates.

On September 23, 2015, in the Grand Hall of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia, the results of the Third edition of the competition and the laureates were officially announced in a solemn atmosphere. The event was included in the program of the International Scientific and Practical Conference "Protected Karst Territories - Training and Education" and was also honored by the attendance of many international guests participating in the Forum.
After the awarding ceremony, an exhibition was opened with awarded entrees from the competition, hosted in the halls of the National Museum of Natural History - Sofia. Students of Prof. Yoshida Nakano from the University of Yamaguchi (Japan) also participated in the exhibition with their original art installation "Phantom in karst III".
The prizes for the third edition of the competition were provided by UNESCO (Participation in the Summer of Karst in Bulgaria, 22-31 July 2015) and Zlatna Panega cement plant “Titan Bulgaria” JSC (original statuettes with minerals and rock fragments). All award winners received also special diplomas.
The next, Fourth edition of the competition is scheduled for 2018/19 and will be a part of the program of an authoritative international scientific and applied forum: "Protected Karst Territories - Legislation, Tourism, Monitoring" (ProKARSTerra`2019, Sofia).

It was held from 22 to 31 July 2015 in typical karst regions of North Bulgaria. It was attended by 23 award-winning authors and their mentors from the Third edition of the International Competition “Karst under protection – gift for the future generations”, including the new winners of the Grand Prix from Montenegro. The other winners were from Bulgaria, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Tatarstan and the Czech Republic. Along the journey 9 karst caves were visited, as well as a number of other natural and historical sites of national and international importance, situated in karst areas.
August 15, 2015

Winning works from the third edition of the competition "Karst under protection - gift for the future generations" are already known

In most of the competition-submitted works we observe sincere originality and compelling emotions. This made the work of the International 9-member Jury (Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic, Japan) very difficult. It was particularly so in determining the favorites in the different competition categories.

After summarizing the individual score of each jury member (on 6 pre-set criteria of the contest) 42 awards were laid in total (9 first, 16 second and 17 third awards), in 12 competition categories. Additionally, other 24 works were distinguished with Encouragement awards and they will be included in the exhibition of the competition and their authors will receive honorary diploma.

For the Grand Prix the Jury members nominated 6 competition works from 3 different categories. After processing the results and coordination with the Jury members, the Jury Prize in the Third edition of the Competition will be awarded to 17-year old high school students Dajana Motika-Raonic and Anja Pjesivac from Zabljak, Montenegro, for their project “Karst of Durmitor” (category “Work with natural materials”).

The official presentation of the competition results and the award ceremony are scheduled for September 23, 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria during the solemn Session of the International Scientific-practical conference "Protected karst territories - education and training". It also includes the opening of an exhibition of winning works, which after the Forum will be posted on the Competition site.

The winning authors of Grand Prize and the First Prize of the categories will receive an official invitation to participate in a Traveling Summer School of Karst (UNESCO), which will be held from 22 to 31 July 2015 in attractive karst regions in Bulgaria.
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For the third time we have witnessed serious preparation and sincere enthusiasm for elaboration of the competition works. We would like to thank all contestants for their good performance and the compelling emotion in their works. We remain hopeful that whatever the results are, the authors will retain their interest in karst and its secrets, and karst will continue to inspire them.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all members of the International Jury for their responsibility and high professionalism in rating the competition works. Dear colleagues, it has been a great honor to work together with you!

On behalf of the Competition Organizing Committee:
Petar Stefanov

June 12, 2015

The Third edition of the International competition ended

The Third edition of the International competition ended. A hundred sixty-one (161) authors from 7 countries participated: from Bulgaria, Germany, Latvia, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Czech Republic and Japan. They presented 142 competitive works in total. After checking for compliance with the competition rules, the Organizing Committee submitted them to the attention of the International Jury for evaluation. Results and rating will be published on the Competition web sites on June 12, 2015. Winners of the Grand Prize and the First Prize of the Competition categories will receive official invitations to participate in the Traveling Summer School of Karst (UNESCO), which will be held from 22 to 31 July 2015 in attractive karst regions in Bulgaria.

We would like to thank all participants for their interest and their original impressive works. We wish them success in their rating!

In the Third Edition of the Competition we already have participants from:

Expect and your. Deadline: 30 April 2015

New prizes of the Competition

In the end of 2014 UNESCO informed us that the Bulgarian project “Travelling summer school of karst” within the Program 2014-2015 has been approved. According to this project, presented by NIGGG BAS, a part of the Traveling School participants will be the winners of the respective categories of the International competition “Karst under protection – gift for the future generations”. In this way, together with the winner of the Grand Prize all participants qualified for first prize of the competition categories will have the a chance to see unique karst objects in Bulgaria.

The traveling school will be held in the second half of July 2015 along a special trail, within 10 days. All costs incurred by the participants in Bulgaria will be covered by the organizers of the competition, who are also the authors of the UNESCO project.

Please expect further information

The first competition entries received

The first two competition entries have been received on 13 February from Rostov-on-Don (Russian Federation).

We are expecting your works: deadline: 30 April 2015