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President Margvelashvili: I Encourage Scientists and Artists to Participate in State Contests of Shota Rustaveli Prize, Vazha Pshavela Prize and National Georgian Prize

President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a meeting with commissions of Shota Rustaveli Prize, Vazha Pshavela Prize and Georgian National Prize to discuss details of the forthcoming contests. President Margvelashvili has encouraged scientists and artists to submit their works to the commissions and take part in the contests.
"Considering some legislative shortcomings, our society has not had a chance to mark our scientific and artistic accomplishments for a long time. Today we have a legal basis for recognizing and evaluating works in art, science and journalism that have been accumulated for the past five years,” President Margvelashvili said.
As he further noted, it is great that these commissions, whose members are well-known and highly respected in the society, are joined by this important purpose.
"I am looking forward to these contests to reveal and highlight special achievements of Georgian people and once again demonstrate them to the society,” President Margvelashvili added.
Shota Rustaveli Prize is awarded once in 3 years (each winner is awarded 10 000 GEL). The Prize is awarded to the creators of the most prominent works in the fields of literature, music, cinematography, performing art, fine art and architecture. Artistic qualities of these works should gain national recognition and should be bound up with the universal ideals of patriotism, liberty and humanism.
Vazha Pshavela Prize is awarded once in 2 years (each winner is awarded 5 000 GEL). The Prize is awarded to the authors of the most outstanding works in literature, prose, poetry, and journalism that will gain national recognition due to artistic dignity and will be bound up with the universal ideals of freedom, humanism and patriotism.
Georgian National Prize is awarded annually (each winner is awarded 10 000 GEL). The Prize is awarded to the creators of sophisticated works in the areas of natural, humanitarian, social, political, economic, legal, medical science and engineering. These works should gain universal recognition and contribute not only to Georgian science, but global economic and social development.
Winners of Shota Rustaveli and Vazha Pshavela prizes will be revealed by the general commission of President Margvelashvili, composed of 9 members. The chairperson and composition of the commission are approved by President Margvelashvili. While, laureates of the Georgian National Prize will be announced by the separate commission, whose composition is also approved by President Margvelashvili.
The contest was announced on April 11, 2018. Applications will be accepted including May 1.
 

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