On 26 January, the opening ceremony of the fifth Russia's Primeval Nature festival was held at the Central House of Artists in Moscow. Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov, Chair of the Far Eastern Leopards Supervisory Board, opened the festival.
In his greetings, Mr Ivanov noted that the festival's agenda is full of various events as always, while its traditional photo exhibition is the focus of the festival.
"Having travelled through all of Russia, including its most remote areas, wildlife photographers are presenting their truly unique works here, in the centre of Moscow," Sergei Ivanov said. "I know how these pictures are taken, and I always admire wildlife photographers for their patience, for their ability to wait for the right moment to snap an unforgettable picture."
Mr Ivanov also noted that the Year of the Environment gave a strong impetus to environmental protection in Russia, which helped to solve more problems related to this issue. He also reminded those present that 2018 was declared the Year of Volunteers in Russia, and that on one day, 3 February, visitors of the Russia's Primeval Nature festival will be able to learn more about Russian national parks' volunteer projects.
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Special Presidential Representative Sergei Ivanov, left, photographer Sergei Gorshkov and Swedish Ambassador to Russia Peter Ericson at the opening of the Russia’s Primeval Nature festival
The festival's opening ceremony also featured the commemorative cancellation of postage stamps of the Russian Fauna series depicting woodpeckers and the awards ceremony for the winners of the Camera Trap 2017 national contest.
As per tradition, the Russia's Primeval Nature festival's exhibition showcases unique photos of animals from various Russian regions — foxes, Amur tigers, snow leopards, sables, lynx, bears and many others. This year, a display dedicated solely to Far Eastern leopards was set up near the Central House of Artists' entrance. Visitors will be able to enjoy pictures of predators caught on camera in the wild and learn many interesting things about the rare cat and conservation efforts.
The Russia's Primeval Nature festival will run in Moscow until 25 February. Then the exhibition will travel to other Russian cities and abroad as well. To see the detailed programme of events, visit the festival's official website.