The international competition "KARST UNDER PROTECTION – GIFT FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS“ is a Bulgarian initiative. It is organized by the National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Foundation Center of Karstology "Vladimir Popov".

The Competition editions are carried out in partnership with many institutions and organizations, namely: UNESCO, Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Directorate of Nature park "Shumen Plateau", Regional Library "Stiliyan Chilingirov" – Shumen, National Museum "Earth and Man" - Sofia , Scientific-methodological journal "GEOgraphy` 21", Yamaguchi University – Japan, Administration of the PLA "Moravian karst" - Czech Republic, Cave Administration of the Czech Republic, and others.

The Competition remains open for new partners and sponsors.


We express our sincere gratitude to the people who contributed to the organization of this competition for their hard work.
We thank all contestants for their interesting works and the compelling emotion expressed in them. We sincerely hope that karst will continue to inspire them.
We owe special thanks to all members of the International Jury for their responsibility and high professionalism evaluating the competition works.