National Geographic Russia Supports Clean Future for Lake Baikal

Submissions are being accepted for the 2012 Wildlife of Russia photo competition organized by National Geographic Russia magazine and the Russian Geographic Society. With support from the BonAqua company, a new nomination in the contest has been established: A Clean Future for Lake Baikal.

Lake Baikal is unique. Its crystal clear water contains so few minerals that it can even be used as distilled water. More than 300 rivers feed into Lake Baikal and only one, the Angara, flows out. Lake Baikal is home to more than 2,500 species of plants and animals, two-thirds of which are only found there. It is therefore no surprise that Baikal has become a natural magnet not only for ordinary tourists and travelers, but for photographers as well.

Today, the world’s deepest and cleanest freshwater lake is threatened by pollution. As a special new category in the 2012 Wildlife of Russia photo contest, A Clean Future for Lake Baikal is designed to draw attention to the ecology of this amazing region while there is still time to preserve it.

Submissions for the A Clean Future for Lake Baikal nomination will be accepted through Nov. 4. The best works will be presented in a photo exhibition at the Lumiere Brothers Photography Museum from Dec. 11 to Jan. 13.

Details and rules for submitting in the A Clean Future for Lake Baikal category can be found online at www.nat-geo.ru.

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