Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media competition

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan is pleased to announce that it will begin accepting applications for the 2016 “Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media” competition. This year’s results will be announced July 5, the eve of the Day of Capital. The competition is organized in cooperation with Kazakhstan’s Chief Editors Club.

Non-Kazakhstani authors are invited to send their applications to contest@mfa.kz by June 25. Applicants are required to submit a written piece about Kazakhstan that has been published in a non-Kazakhstani media outlet between January 1 and June 25, 2016.

The winners will be awarded a trip to Kazakhstan in September 2016, which includes visits to Astana and Almaty and the resort area of Borovoye, as well as an extensive cultural program.

The competition spans five macro-regions, with a winner selected from each region.

This year’s “Kazakhstan through the Eyes of the Foreign Media” competition, the third of its kind, is made possible through partnerships with JSC “NC “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy”, the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Rixos President Astana and Rixos Borovoye hotels, and the Argymak Transport Company.

The Foreign Ministry is also pleased to be partnering with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which in May 2016 announced that it would fly four times a week between Amsterdam and Astana.

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry is grateful for the support of its partners in ensuring the winners’ experience in Kazakhstan is comfortable and memorable.

Over the past two years, the contest has attracted growing interest in foreign media and has shone a light on Kazakhstan’s culture, economy and people.

 Guidelines for the contest can be accessed on the Foreign Ministry’s official webpage (www.mfa.gov.kz).


1. The contest’s aim

Encouraging authors of the best and most objective journalistic reports, stories, and analytical pieces about Kazakhstan in foreign media outlets, as well as promoting development of professional reporting on Kazakhstan in foreign media.

2. Idea behind the contest

The contest will help to create favorable conditions for non-Kazakhstani authors who are interested in visiting the country to highlight key events and activities at national, regional and international levels.

3. Task of the contest

Promoting creation and spread in the international media of bright, qualitative, objective materials about the economy and lifestyle, culture, art and diversity of the contemporary Kazakhstan.

4. The Organizing Committee:

The Organizing Committee will hold the contest.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, overseeing the International Information Committee will head the Organizing Committee.

Members of the jury carry out the final examination of entries.

The Jury will consist of:
- Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan;
- Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan overseeing the International Information Committee;

-         President of Kazakhstan’s Chief Editors Club.

5. Awards for the winners:

The main prize is a trip to Kazakhstan in September this year, with a visit to Astana and Almaty and the resort Borovoye that includes the provision of economy class air travel, accommodation in a hotel (four stars or above) and an extensive cultural program.

In addition, the winners will be awarded diplomas of gratitude from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.

Arrangement of meetings of the contest winners with government officials, scientists, experts and journalists, academia and artists of Kazakhstan will be also provided. This will open new opportunities for long-term contacts and cooperation with a professional pool of foreign journalists with the aim of qualitative, professional and unbiased highlighting of the country in the international media.

6. Geography of the contest:

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

7. The contest procedures:

Those who want to participate in the contest should provide information material placed in a foreign media of any country (except Kazakhstan) in the period between January 1, 2016, and June 25, 2016.

The Organizing Committee will accept applications by June 25, 2016.

Applications must be sent to e-mail: contest@mfa.kz. File Format: PDF.

Language of publication: English, Russian. If a story was placed in another language, a written translation into English, Russian, or Kazakh must be provided.

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

From June 27 to July 1, 2016 selection of the best applications across all geographic areas will be held. The Organizing Committee will pass to the jury the best applications so it determines a winner in geographic macro region by scoring on a 10-point scale.

The results of the contest will be announced on July 5, 2016.

Before traveling to Kazakhstan, a winner will need to sign a letter of commitment certifying that within a month after the trip he or she would produce and place in a media outlet in his or her country at least one piece about the trip.

9. Contest participants:

Individuals representing foreign print, electronic and online media outlets, staff and freelancers are eligible to apply.