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Inspired by Nature
December 30, 2016   
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Awards honoring individuals who use nature as an inspiration in their life and work were handed out in a ceremony at Warsaw’s Royal Łazienki Park Oct. 25.

The annual Herbapol Esencja Natury (Essence of Nature) awards, first given out in 2009, are funded by Herbapol Lublin, a Polish producer of herbal supplements, cosmetics and food. The company says the awards are a token of its appreciation for researchers, athletes, artists and other remarkable people who take inspiration from nature and inspire others.

This year’s Herbapol award in the “Inspired by Nature in Life” category went to Ryszard Kałaczyński, a farmer-turned-marathoner who recently set a Guinness world record by running 366 marathons in 366 days. Herbapol awarded Kałaczyński for his “courage, perseverance and strong spirit.”

An award for promoting nature in the mass media was presented to Tomasz Michniewicz, an accomplished Polish explorer who is also a published author, journalist, photographer and expedition organizer. A role model for those who want to learn to travel, Michniewicz introduces his readers to what he calls “parallel worlds.”

Herbapol gave its “Inspired by Nature in Social Media” statuette to Sebastian Kulis, a man who shares his passion for gardening with thousands of people through social media.

Photographer Adam Brzoza was singled out for praise for being “Inspired by Nature in Art.” He takes exceptional photographs of landscapes, giving them an air of mystery and “transporting onlookers to fascinating, alternate worlds.”

The “Debut” award went to Lara Gessler, an avid confectioner and restaurant owner, for her “tireless exploration of new flavors.” Gessler’s book Lara’s Sweet Herbarium delivers a collection of herb-based dessert recipes.

This year the award judges also presented a special award to television journalist and presenter Dorota Wellman. The popular, outspoken media personality received the award for keeping “nature present in her life, literally as well as figuratively, and for supporting pro-health and environmentally friendly initiatives.”

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