makes 2018 Arctic Awards shortlist
© RIA Novosti. Pavel Lvov makes 2018 Arctic Awards shortlist

The expert council of the 2018 Arctic Awards international prize has included the website on its list of best projects, compiled in nine main categories. The organizers selected 95 projects from over 1,500 entries, with the expert council making a shortlist of 40.

The Arctic Awards' nine nominations are: Achievements in Exploring and Development of the Arctic and Antarctica, Prospective and Innovative Arctic Project, Living Planet, Knowledge Is Power, Polar Star, Not an Ice Cold Heart, Cinema and the Arctic, Prominent Sports Achievements, Development of Children and Youth Sports in the World, and the special nominations, For Best Media Coverage of the Arctic and Antarctica

The award nominees include the T-MOSAiC project, the Propulsion of Icebergs program, the improved floating nuclear unit developed by the Central Design Bureau Iceberg in cooperation with the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, the GEOPLAT Pro project. Such spheres as environment, literature, education, charity, and cinema are represented as well: among the nominees are the Russian Arctic National Park, Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency's website, the Polar Classics series by the Paulsen publishing house, A Step Together charitable project, the University of the Arctic (UArctic), and Albert Gore's Climate Reality Project. Hollywood actor and philanthropist Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for his support of innovative environmental projects. 

The Arctic Awards international prize was established by the Arctic World Club and the Association of Polar Explorers in 2015. Its laureates have included most prominent Arctic researchers whose activities and achievements elicited great public response. Among them are Arthur Chilingarov, a legendary researcher and corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who received the prize from the award committee for his contribution to the development of the Arctic and Antarcticа, and renowned polar adventurer and sea traveler Inge Solheim, who received a prize in the nomination Promising Innovative Arctic Project.

The 2018 Arctic Awards ceremony will take place at The Ritz Carlton Moscow on December 1 as part of the Arctic Ball charity event, held by Arctic World Club together with the Winter Ball charity foundation.