The annual National Nature Conservation Awards, named after the first Director of the Rila National Park Mimi Pramatarova, is part of the activities of the Fund.

The Board of Directors of NTEF approved the initiative as a way to encourage creativity devoted to natural conservation in different artistic areas.

Mimi Pramatarova was the first Director of Rila National Park. With her enthusiasm and professionalism she succeeded to inspire thousands of nature lovers and nature conservationists. She always took the most difficult and demanding ways to innovation. Her charismatic personality, crystal clear soul, exceptionally professional performance, love and devotion to Nature and to children and young people turned her name into one of the symbols of Bulgaria`s wildlife protection and conservation.

- Award Committee 

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Mimi Pramatarova 2017

NTEF, in partnership with Fondation "Ecological forum Plus and National Park Rila, have announced the Mimi Pramatarova 2017 competition for completed school projects related to climate change.

The awards were given on 05.06.2017 during the Annual event of NTEF.

This year the competition was for school projects on climate change. First prize went to Secondary School “Ivan Vazov”, Mezdra, for their "Vazovche" Project and they received a statuette, diploma and the prize of 1000 leva. The project team will build a mini-weather station to aid the students in their climate education. The second place was awarded to Maths and Science Highschool "Prof. Emmanouil Ivanov ", Kyustendil, for the project" Environmental Monitoring of the Dragovishtitsa River ", for which they were awarded a diploma and 500 leva with which to continue working on their project. Ranked third were the students of PGT "Dr Vasil Beron ", Veliko Tarnovo, for the project" Classroom - borrowed from nature ", and received a diploma and 300 leva. The awards were presented by the Deputy Minister of Environment and Water Mrs. Atanaska Nikolova, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NTEF Ms. Irena Georgieva and Anita Kirilova from the Prizewinners of the competition’s club. The cash prizes are intended to support the implementation of upgrading project activities.


 A short videomaterial for the opening of the ecocreative camp "Ecological island"from the students of the PGT "Dr Vasil Beron ", Veliko Tarnovo, held on 19.10.2017

Mimi Pramatarova 2016

for pupils from secondary schools

National Trust Eco Fund, Eco Forum Plus and Rila National Park announced the tenth consecutive edition of the Mimi Pramatarova Nature Conservation Competition 2016 - a literary competition entitled "The Climate and Me. The human face of climate change. "

The contest was aimed at students from the secondary schools of the Republic of Bulgaria born between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2000.

The pupils participated in the contest with literary works entitled "Climate and Me. The human face of climate change."

Winners in the competition

First award – Iveta Angelova, Varna
Second award – Denitsa Nedelcheva, Elenovo
Third award–  Angel Tyutyundzhiev, Russe

Awarded with diplomas

Lilyana Yavorova Mladenova, Shumen
Pamela Dimitrova Dimitrova, Shabla
Gergana Hristinova Georgieva, Burgas

The awards were presented on 02.06.2016

Mimi Pramatarova 2016

for students and pupils

The competition was divided into two sections - for students and for pupils. Students created videos on the topic, and pupils drew up project proposals for interesting and innovative projects to persuade their peers to contribute to their behavior towards mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

The competition was held within the Public Awareness Climate Change Project with the support of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear Safety.

The awards were announced during the closing event of the project in the city of Plovdiv.



Healing Potion, Hidden in a Flask written competition

On June 4th, 2010 the Nature Conservation Awards were handed over for the fifth time in turn by Bulgaria`s first Lady Ms. Zorka Parvanova and the Deputy Minister of environment and water Ms. Evdokia Maneva.

The awarded written works were published in special collections and in the media.


Writing competition on the topic If They Could Talk…

1st place – In the Eyes of the Wild Bear essay by Bozhidar Naydenov, Dupnitsa
2nd place – If They Could Talk… essay by Kamelya Koycheva, Stara Zagora
3rd place – The Female Wolf story by Donka Draganova, Pshenichevo, Stara Zagora Municipality

The competition laureates participated at an international youth seminar in the summer of 2009. The European Youth Programs and Initiatives National Center financed the initiative as part of the Youth in Action Program. The seminar was dedicated at the climate change and the role of the youth in the nature preservation.


Writing competition on the topic The Wood – One Endangered World

1st place – Clearing poem by Milcho Gramadarov, Smolyan
2nd place – The Wood – One Endangered World essay by Lilya Alexandrova
3rd place – …But not Doomed… essay by Mileslava Bogdanova


Essay competition on the topic Nature and People of Bulgaria in 21 Century

1st place – The Ruler of the World by Zlatina Botseva, Yahinova, Dupnitsa Municipality
2nd place – And God Said: Let’s be Light! by Aygyul Asanova, Sevlievo
3rd place – Naming a Bike by Dimitar Karadzhov, Stara Zagora


The first award was given to the United Children Complex, Blagoevgrad, for their long-term partnership and support of the Rila National Park.