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Friday, November 27th, 2020

Winners of the Fourth International “Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media” Contest Announced


According to the Ministry of Internal Affair of Kazakhstan, 83 entries from 29 countries competed in this year’s contest, with five regional prizes awarded to journalists. The jury included Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhamonv, Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko and President of the Chief Editors Club Yerlan Bekkhozhin.

Pervane Sultanova from Azerbaijan was chosen as the winner among journalists from the CIS and Baltics for her article titled Kazakhstan’s new mission: from energy to peace diplomacy published on

Ilaria Capitanio, an Italian based in Brussels, is the winner among European journalists with her story titled Kazakhstan is riding the wave of modernization through opportunities and challenges published on Vocal Europe.

An article by a Canadian author Tom Taylor 5 reasons you need to visit Kazakhstan published on was the best publication among journalists from the Americas.

From Asia, Australia and Oceania, the jury chose Joel Lee of South Korea for his article Ethnic Koreans sow the seeds of success in Kazakhstan published in The Korea Herald daily newspaper.

Last but not least, the winner from the countries of the Middle East and Africa is Udi Shaham from Israel, who published an article titled Kazakhstan seeks role as capital of ‘New Silk Road’ in The Jerusalem Post.

Apart from the contest winners, authors with outstanding publications each representing one of the five regions have been selected to receive the Kazakh Foreign Minister’s Certificate of Appreciation.

According to the rules of the competition, the five winners are awarded a trip to Kazakhstan in August this year. Journalists will visit the cities of Astana and Almaty, as well as the Borovoye resort. The winners of the contest will visit the pavilions of the EXPO 2017 International Specialized Exhibition, cultural and historical sites, and will have an opportunity to interview Kazakhstan’s senior government officials, experts, journalists and representatives in the field of culture, sports and tourism.

Source: Kazakhstan 2050