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Picture and pitch on Tsenkher hot spa in Mongolia wins IGA’s Geothermal Photo Contest

Tsenkher hot spa, Mongolia (source: Kasia Kurek, IGA Geothermal Photo Contest 2019)
Alexander Richter 15 Oct 2019

A picture and pitch on the impact of the Tsenkher hot spring/ spa in Mongolia wins the annual IGA Geothermal Photo Contest 2019 and the photographer, Kasia Kurek a free ticket to the World Geothermal Congress 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The International Geothermal Association continued its tradition of the Annual Geothermal Photo Contest, this year, but… in a different format!

IGA was asking for a photo or a video showcasing spectacular geothermal vistas, sites with extraordinary technical set ups and pretty landscapes including geothermal manifestations.

At the same time, it wanted a short pitch for geothermal that is somehow connected to the photo being sent in.

Today, IGA’s Team and Photo Contest Committee announced the winner of the Photo Contest and thereby a ticket to the World Geothermal Congress 2020. About 70 contributions were sent into the competition including pitches on the photos.

IGA congratulates Kasia Kurek on winning the award and WGC2020 ticket.

Here her pitch for the photos of Tsenkher hot spa in Mongolia here below on the photo collage title “Geothermal unknown magic … ”

“On the 1860 meters above sea, based in the old volcanoes structure a hot geothermal spring flows all year long with unsalted, highly mineralised waters of 86°C. Throughout a system of primitive pipelines the hot geothermal water powers the local households, warms the animals shelters in the harsh Mongolian winter and is used for simple greenhousing.

Thanks to this hot spring the tourism sector emerged and a geothermal spa and a tourist yurts camp is constructed. The geothermal resource is an economic leverage to this small, rural community in the middle of Mongolia.

Tsenkher has no paved road access thus, the geothermal spring is the main the source of energy and thereby the source of community life. Moreover, the geothermal spring is given a magical significance by the locals and village shamans perform their prayers at the source estuary…”.

ThinkGeoEnergy congratulates to this great case study and photographs. Inspiring to see what impact geothermal energy can have on remote local communities.

Source: International Geothermal Association

Disclaimer: The author is the President of IGA.