On April 29, Vitya Lyagushkin and I had the honor to attend the presentation of the May (2017) issue of National Geographic (Georgia) Magazine, as well as the premiere screening of the film The Genius about Albert Einstein, to which the issue of the magazine is also dedicated. To our regret, we understood little from the movie, since it was in Georgian, but appreciated the excellent work of the magazine team and the high level of organization of the event.
The presentation had been held in the inner courtyard of the National Museum of Georgia. The wine was magnificent, the buffet was wonderful, the atmosphere was friendly.
Dear new National Geographic (Georgia) Editor-in-Chief Natia Khuluzauri, thank you for inviting us, it was a big pleasure to be there!
A small stuff in National Geographic (Russia) Magazine (November 2016) about the amazing inhabitant of the Lake of Baikal – gastropods turriformis. Photo: Viktor Lyagushkin, text by me, your humble servant.
Special thanks to Professor Dmitry Shcherbakov for an entertaining night conversation about snails 🙂
We are very proud of the publication of the splendid Viktor Lyagushkin’s photograph of the Blue Lake (Caucasus, Russia) in all local editions of National Geographic Magazine in the section Visions of Earth. Will try to collect all the international issues!
Problems of Lake Baikal are not just concern of Russia, it is an issue of all mankind. Baikal is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, and today its unique ecosystem is at risk. The article at the National Geographic site, illustrated with photos by Viktor Lyagushkin, is devoted to the problems of the lake.
Baikal piece at the NG site
My piece in National Geographic (Россия) Magazine (Nov 2015) dedicated to ecological situation in Baikal Lake.
In the autumn of 2013 near the town of Severobaikalsk storms washed ashore about a half thousand tons of tangled thread-like algae; the green mass laid rotting on the shore and spreading an unpleasant smell. Accumulations of stinking slime appeared near other settlements around Baikal. Local people were worried. Then jittery news began to appear, that the Spirogyra – so the name of alien had been heard for the very first time – kills Baikal.
In 2015 Baikal Limnological Institute announced the situation was caused by anthropological influence and urgent measures are needed.
The Lake is on the edge of ecological catastrophe. We did media coverage of the development of the situation; the results are published in the different magazines and documentary at My Planet Channel. Are Russian authorities going to change the situation? We have a hope that pressure of public (both Russian and International) opinion would have influence. The PHOTOTEAM.PRO is going to come back and complete the reportage about threat of death of the biggest fresh water reservoir of our planet and its unique biological ecosystem.
UPD: The article online is here
The TV channel “My Planet” took 10 documentaries about the top 10 Nikon photographers within the project “Russia through the Nikon lens”. One of them is a story of our National Geographic expedition to the Baikal Lake in June 2015.
We are very grateful to scientists from Baikal Limnology Institute Igor Khanayev and Professor Dmitry Shcherbakov, the Nikon company, and all persons who lend a helping hand.
And here’s the movie:
Yay! My mini feature about Black sea bottlenose dolphins in National Geographic Russia (Dec 2014) telling about a dolphin with unusual fate.
As usually with photography by Viktor.
And yes – Black Sea Indigenous – is a title of the piece.
Dolphin. Myths and Reality – this is the theme of our lecture in National Geographic Russia headquarters, which had been held today. We were so happy to meet people, concerned on problems of our environment and interested in nature so deeply.
We only could wish to have such an audience for any our project! They listened attentively, asked a lot of questions.
Read more about the lecture here.
Mini feature in National Geographic Russia Magazine Oct 2014, dedicated to ice caves, describing kinds of ice and snow collecting in caves, explaining what characteristics and case should meet a cave to become a storage of cold.
Text: Bogdana Vashchenko, photography: Viktor Lyagushkin
Me dear friends, we are happy to tell you about suspenseful feature in the Unterwasser Magazine #8 2014 about archaeological exploration of the Issyk-Kul lake, evolution of diving gear and searching of Tamerlan’s Palace on the bottom of the lake by National Geographic expedition.
Text: by me, Bogdana Vashchenko, photography by Viktor Lyagushkin.