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Awards for Being Inspired by Nature
An ocean adventurer, a television journalist and a paragliding photographer have received awards from Herbapol Lublin, a Polish producer of herbal supplements, cosmetics and food, for being “inspired by nature” in their work.

The annual Herbapol Esencja Natury (Natural Essence) awards were handed out for the seventh time in a ceremony at the Royal £azienki Park in Warsaw Oct. 29.

The award in the “Inspired by Nature in Life” category went to Aleksander Doba, a 69-year-old Polish traveler who made an epic, seven-month, solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a kayak. The citation for the award describes his expedition as “a one-of-a-kind feat that is unlikely to be repeated by anyone in the near future.” Doba was praised for his “perseverance, self-reliance and determined pursuit of his goals and for his optimism, fortitude and endurance in his struggle against external obstacles and his own physical shortcomings.” In May next year, Doba is planning to cross the Atlantic in a kayak from New York City to Portugal.

This year’s “Inspired by Nature in the Media” award went to television journalist and presenter Agnieszka Cegielska for combining “her passion for journalism with a need to help other people.” Cegielska was also praised for promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.

The award in the “Inspired by Nature in Art” category went to Pawe³ M³odkowski, a photographer and paraglider pilot who takes aerial photographs of landscapes. M³odkowski received the award for “being original and daring to gaze at the world from above, for being passionately creative and steadfastly following his own artistic path.”

An award for “Nature Used in a Research Paper” went to £ukasz Ruczaj, the author of a number of publications on wild edible plants. He won praise for “promoting the concept of a ‘wild garden’ focused on maximum biodiversity and for rediscovering the forgotten potential of nature.”

A special award went to television producer and journalist Ewa Wachowicz, an ex-beauty queen and former government spokeswoman. Wachowicz was praised for “versatility in her career, for her own philosophy of life and her energetic attitude and for always staying open-minded to what nature has to offer.”