‘#Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media’ contest – call for applications

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce the call for applications to the 2017 ‘Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media’ competition. The contest seeks to reward original articles about Kazakhstan that have been published in a foreign (non-Kazakhstani) media outlet, between 1 January and 25 June, 2017.

The prize board will select five winners (each from the following geographic regions – the Americas; Europe; CIS & the Baltics; Middle East & Africa; Asia, Australia & Oceania), who will be awarded a trip to Kazakhstan in August 2017. A week-long trip will include stops in Astana, Almaty and the Borovoye Resort, an extensive cultural programme and a visit to the Astana EXPO 2017 International Specialized Exhibition. Only non-Kazakhstani applicants are eligible to participate in the contest.

 The submission deadline is 25 June, 2017.

The winners will be announced on 5 July 2017, on the eve of Astana Day.

To apply, authors are asked to send their applications to [email protected].

For more information about the contest, submission guidelines for applicants, and the prize rules, please visit here or send an email to [email protected]

Organized in cooperation with Kazakhstan’s Chief Editors Club, this year’s “Kazakhstan through the Eyes of the Foreign Media” competition – the fourth of its kind – is made possible through the generous support of the Astana EXPO 2017 National Company, the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy National Railways Company, the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan, the Ramada Plaza Astana and the Rixos Borovoe hotels, and the Argymak Transportation Company.

The Foreign Ministry is also pleased to be collaborating with LOT Polish Airlines, which launched regular flights between Warsaw and Astana in May 2017, that operate four times a week.



  1. The contest’s aim

This contest aims to recognize and reward the authors of the best and most objective journalistic reports, stories and analytical pieces about Kazakhstan, which are published in foreign media outlets. Alongside this, it aims to promote professional reporting on Kazakhstan in the foreign media.


  1. 2. The idea behind the contest

The contest will assist selected non-Kazakhstani authors who have an interest in visiting the country, by giving them an opportunity to cover key events and activities at national, regional and international levels.


  1. The purpose of the contest

The contest is to promote and support the creation of high quality reportage within the international media, which exhibits the many facets that Kazakhstan has to offer. This includes a diverse range of subjects, from excellent coverage of diplomatic or economic news, to broader insight into the lifestyle, culture, art and diversity of contemporary Kazakhstan.


  1. 4. The Organizing Committee:

The contest shall be held and managed by the Organizing Committee.

The Organizing Committee is headed by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, who oversees the International Information Committee.

A panel of judges will carry out the final review of entries.

The judges will consist of the following experts:

  • The Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan;
  • The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, who oversees the International Information Committee;
  • The President of Kazakhstan’s Chief Editors Club.
  1. Awards for the winners:

The main prize is a trip to Kazakhstan in August of this year, including a visit to Astana, Almaty, and the Borovoye resort. The prize also includes the provision of economy class air travel, four star or above hotel accommodation and an extensive cultural program.

In addition, the winners will be awarded the Kazakh Foreign Minister’s Certificate of Appreciation.

The contest winners shall also have the opportunity to meet Kazakh government officials, scientists, experts, journalists, academics and artists. The meetings will provide them with the necessary contacts and cooperative efforts to facilitate further high-standard coverage of important advancements and developments within the country.


  1. Geography of the contest:

Geography of the contest covers five wider regions:
– The Americas;
– Europe;
– CIS and the Baltic States;
– Middle East and Africa;
– Asia, Australia and Oceania.
One winner will be chosen from each of these regions.


  1. 7. Contest procedures:

To participate in the contest, please provide information of any reportage or material published in any foreign media in the period between January 1st and June 25th, 2017. Final deadline for submissions is June 25, 2017.

Applications must be sent to the following e-mail address, in PDF format: [email protected].

Please send articles in English or Russian. If a story was published in another language, please provide an English, Russian, or Kazakh translation.

The word count of the publication should not exceed 2,000 words.

From June 25 to July 1, 2017, the best applicants will be shortlisted. The Organizing Committee will pass the shortlist to the panel of judges, who will select the winners from each region.

The results of the contest will be announced on 5 July 2017.

By accepting the award, the winners of the contest agree to publish an article in a foreign media outlet about their experience in Kazakhstan within a month following their visit.

9. Eligibility for participation:

Journalists or freelancers representing foreign print, electronic and online media outlets are eligible to apply.


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