exhaustive list of projects awarded in 2020 globally

Every year in December, the organizers propose a handpicked list of projects, out of multitude of them. They have all received a prize during that year (preceding the conference at which they will be shown); the list is then approved by the Advisory Board and partners. This final selection contains 28 projects in the core programme and 14 projects in the preceding multimedia / new technologies segment IMAGINES


European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2020

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Category Conservation

  • Rubens’ Garden Screen and Garden Pavilion, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Hvar’s Arsenal, Croatia

  • Epitaphs of the University Church of Leipzig, Germany

  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary

  • Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, L’Aquila, Italy

  • LocHal, Tilburg, The Netherlands

  • Subterranean Caves and Wineries of El Cotarro, province of Burgos, Spain

  • The Iron Bridge, Shropshire, United Kingdom


Category Research

  • Tramontana Network III, France/Italy/Poland/Portugal/Spain

  • Turin Papyrus Online Platform (TPOP), Italy

  • Scanning for Syria, The Netherlands


Education, Training and Awareness-Raising

  • Cross-border Collaboration for European Classical Music, Czech Republic

  • Arolsen Archives Online, Germany

  • The Secret Life of a Palace, Gödöllő, Hungary

  • Uccu Roma Informal Educational Foundation, Hungary

  • Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away, Poland/Spain

  • The Ambulance for Monuments, Romania


European countries not taking part in the EU Creative Europe programme:


Category Conservation

  • Manor Farm of Bois de Chênes, Switzerland


Category Dedicated Service

  • Société de Lecture, Geneva, Switzerland


Education, Training and Awareness-raising

  • SARAT – Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey, Turkey


European Museum Forum

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The Council of Europe Museum Prize 2020

  • National Museum of Secret Surveillance “House of Leaves”, Tirana, Albania 


European Museum of the Year, Silletto Prize, Kenneth Hudson and Portimão Museum Award winners 2020 
will be announced in 2021


European Museum Academy

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Micheletti and DASA Award winners 2020 will be announced in 2021


Art Fund Prize

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Museums of the Year 2020

  • Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen

  • Gairloch Museum, Gairloch

  • Science Museum, London

  • South London Gallery, London

  • Towner Eastbourne, East Sussex


Museums + Heritage Awards

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Innovation of the Year

  • Harewood House Trust with Davy and Kristin McGuire | A Night at the Mansion


Volunteer Team of the Year

  • Worsbrough Mill Youth Action Volunteers Barnsley Museums


Sustainable Project of the Year

  • Museum of Oxford | Queering Spires: a history of LGBTIQA+ spaces in Oxford


Temporary or Touring Exhibition of the Year

  • London Transport Museum Hidden London Exhibition


Shop of the Year – turnover more than £500k

  • The National Trust for Scotland Transforming Retail at Culloden Battlefield


Shop of the Year – turnover less than £500k

  • The Charleston Trust Created for Charleston


Restoration/Conservation Project

  • Plymouth City Council (The Box) and Orbis Conservation | The Box Naval Figureheads Collection


Permanent Exhibition of the Year

  • English Heritage | Tintagel Castle Bridge & Landscape Project


Partnership of the Year

  • York Art Gallery and Kaiser Chiefs When All is Quiet | Kaiser Chiefs in Conversation with York Art Gallery


Marketing + Communications Strategy of the Year

  • Imperial War Museum North | Yemen: Inside a Crisis


Limited Budget Project of the Year

  • Horniman Museum and Gardens| Beat Plastic Pollution


Learning Programme of the Year

  • Leeds Museums and Galleries Careers for All | meaningful work experience for young people with additional needs


The International Project of the Year > £1m

  • OMM - Odunpazarı Modern Museum


The International Project of the Year < £1m

  • Studio Louter, OPERA Amsterdam and The Mauritshuis Shifting Image | In Search of Johan Maurits




Family Friendly Museum Award From Home 2020

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Best Film

  • Cooper Gallery, Barnsley | Wow Wednesdays


Best Social Media Activity

  • National Museum Wales | Minecraft your Museum


Best Website Activity

  • National Videogame Museum, Sheffield | Create Your Own Pixel Art Character


Best International Digital Activity

  • The Glucksman, Republic of Ireland | Creativity at Home


Going the Extra Mile

  • The Whitworth, Manchester | Still Parents


Hands on! International Association for Children in Museums

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The 2020 judging process is postponed to 2021


ICOM Russia Award 2020

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  • Orenburg Regional Museum of Fine Arts, Orenburg, Russia



Intermuseum 2020 Awards

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Intermuseum Grand-Prix 2020

  • Museum of Cosmonautics, Moscow, Russia


BankGiro Loterij Museumprijs 2020

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To be announced...



Associação Portuguesa de Museologia

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To be announced...




Swedish Museum Association / ICOM Sweden

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Museum of the Year 2019

  • Sörmlands museum, Nyköping


Finnish Museums Association

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Museum of the Year 2020 will be announced in 2021 



Estonian Museum Awards 2020

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To be announced


Museums Association United Kingdom

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Best Lockdown Project

  • Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books | Supporting Families in Byker During Lockdown


Best Museums Change Lives Project

  • National Museums Northern Ireland in collaboration with Nerve Centre, Northern Ireland Museums Council, and Northern Ireland Screen | Reimagine, Remake, Replay


Best Small Museum Project

  • Dylan Thomas Centre | Literature and Trauma



Collections Trust Award 2020

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To be announced



The Society for the History of Technology

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Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits 2020 will be announced in 2021



The Best in Heritage

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IMAGINES Project of Influence 2020

  • #NewSelfWales by State Library of New South Wales, Australia

The Best in Heritage Project of Influence 2020

  • Helsinki Central Library Oodi, Finland

asia & pacific

Chinese Museums Association

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Most Innovative Museums in China Award 2020

  • ​Jinsha Site Museum, Chengdu

  • Palace Museum of the Manchurian Regime, Changchun

  • Jiangxi Provincial Museum, Nanchang


2020 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

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To be announced


Japanese Association of Museums Award 2020

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  • Showa Era Life Style Museum, Kitanagoya


2020 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)

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To be announced


2020 Victorian Museum Awards

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To be announced


2020 New Zealand Museum Awards

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2020 awards are deferred to 2021


IMAGinE Awards 2020

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Innovation & Resilience – Galleries / Volunteer or up to 2 paid staff

  • Pari | Gallery Warming


Innovation & Resilience – Galleries / 3-10 paid staff

  • Goulburn Regional Art Gallery | Of hope and longing – Sidney McMahon


Innovation & Resilience – Galleries / 11+ paid staff

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales | Faboriginal: Australia’s deadliest art game show


Innovation & Resilience – Museums / Volunteer or up to 2 paid staff

  • Port of Yamba Historical Society | Yaegl Cultural Garden as part of the Enhancement of Yamba Museum Precinct


Innovation & Resilience – Museums / 3-10 paid staff

  • Bathurst Rail Museum | New Museum


Innovation & Resilience – Museums / 11+ paid staff

  • Sydney Living Museums | Convict Love Tokens Live Virtual Event


Imagination Award 2020

  • Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery | Culture Hub

  • Fairfield City Museum & Gallery | Living the Past Digital Project

  • Griffith Pioneer Park Museum | Vintage Voices – Tune in to Griffith’s History

  • New Italy Museum | The New Italy Heritage Trail

  • Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre | Margaret Olley Children’s Book



2020 Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNA)

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Indigenous Project or Keeping Place - Level 1

  • Mosman Art Gallery | Three Views


Indigenous Project or Keeping Place - Level 2

  • Bay Discovery Centre | Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka (Truth-Telling Together)


Indigenous Project or Keeping Place - Level 3

  • Indigenous Art Centre Alliance (IACA) | Belonging, Contemporary Indigenous Art from Far North QLD 


Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout - Level 2

  • Shire of West Arthur | Betty Brown Historical Centre 


Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout - Level 3

  • Tweed Regional Museum: Land | Life | Culture


Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout - Level 4

  • Australian Sports Museum | Australian Sports Museum Refresh 

  • Sydney Living Museums | Hyde Park Barracks Renewal


Research - Level 1

  • QUT and QUT Art Museum | Vis-ability: Artworks from the QUT Art Collection 


Research - Level 2

  • Museum and Art Gallery of the NT | New species of rainbowfishes from northern Australia: discovery through collections-based research and citizen science


Interpretation, Learning & Audience Engagement - Level 1

  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery | Stories from Wonnarua Country


Interpretation, Learning & Audience Engagement - Level 2

  • Art Gallery of South Australia | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in the classroom programs and resources 


Interpretation, Learning & Audience Engagement - Level 4

  • Museums Victoria | Road to Zero Education Complex @ Melbourne Museum


Temporary or Travelling Exhibition - Level 1

  • Hurstville Museum & Gallery | School Days


Temporary or Travelling Exhibition - Level 2

  • State Library of NSW | Eight Days in Kamay


Temporary or Travelling Exhibition - Level 3

  • Sydney Living Museums & State Archives of NSW | Songs of Home


Temporary or Travelling Exhibition - Level 4

  • Art Gallery of South Australia | Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art 2019


National Winner

  • Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka (Truth-Telling Together) | Bay Discovery Centre

north america

American Alliance of Museums

Award for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion / Organisation

  • Shedd Aquarium

Award for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion / Program

  • New-York Historical Society: The Citizenship Project


EdCom Award for Excellence in Programming 2019

  • Hammer Museum: Classroom-in-Residence, Los Angeles


EdCom Award for Excellence in Resources 2019

  • Shedd Aquarium: Sea Curious Kids Video Series, Chicago


EdCom Award for Innovation in Museum Education 2019

  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: The Urban Farming School Program, Miami

  • Shiloh Museum of Ozark History: Wa Kuk Wa Jimor: Canoe of One Community, Springdale


The Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA) 2019

  • Charles H. Wright Museum and Michigan Science Center, Detroit

Facilities/Site Operation - Existing Facility

  • Buffalo Bill Center of the West Cody, WY

Facilities/Site Operation - New Construction

  • Museum of the American Revolution Philadelphia, PA

Institute of Museum and Library Services

National Medal for Museum and Library Service 2019

  • Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Library (Sequim, WA)

  • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • New Haven Free Public Library (New Haven, CT)

  • Gulfport Public Library (Gulfport, FL)

  • Meridian Library District (Meridian, ID)

  • Barona Band of Mission Indians - Barona Cultural Center and Museum (Lakeside, CA)

  • New Children's Museum (San Diego, CA)

  • Orange County Regional History Center (Orlando, FL)

  • National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel (Memphis, TN)

  • South Carolina Aquarium (Charleston, SC)

Canadian Museums Association Awards 2019

Award for Conservation

  • Canadian Conservation Institute: Preventive Conservation Guidelines for Collections project


Award for New Media

  • Pointeà-Callière Museum: Archéoloab. Quebec


Award for Education  

  • Surrey Art Gallery: Indigenous Contemporary Art Education and Engagement


Award for Cultural Heritage / budget of less than $1M

  • BC Sports Hall of Fame: Indigenous Sport Gallery


Award for Cultural Heritage / budget of over $1M 

  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre: We Took Care of Them


Award for Art Exhibition / budget of less than $1M

  • Burnaby Art Gallery: Traveller on two roads


Award for Marketing

  • Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal: A Crack in Everything


Award for Art Exhibition / budget of over $1M

  • Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal: A Crack in Everything

Alberta Museums Association Awards 2019

Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility

  • Musée Héritage Museum, St.Albert, Canada


Leadership Award for Engagement

  • Army Museum of Alberta, Calgary, Canada


Leadership Award for Sustainability

  • Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum, Wetaskiwin, Canada

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multimedia and new technologies

2019 MUSE Awards

AR, VR, and Mixed Reality


  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: René Magritte: The Fifth Season Interpretive Gallery


  • Lucid Realities: Claude Monet – The Water Lily Obsession


  • Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia: Tomb 7, the Chamber of Ancestors Digital and Interactive Experience

Digital Campaign



  • The Museum of English Rural Life: “look at this absolute unit.”


  • The Barnes Foundation: Seeing the Barnes Campaign


  • The Museum at FIT: #WearingMemories

Enterprise Technology



  • J. Paul Getty Museum: The Getty Docent Website


  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Curio Publisher: Curio Interactive Object Labels


  • Detroit Institute of Arts: Protecting Collections in a Visitor-Centered Museum

Mobile Experience



  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution: Hirshhorn Eye


  • Art Institute of Chicago: The Teen Audio Guide


  • Minneapolis Institute of Art: Riddle Mia This: An Escape Room Experience

Online Experience



  • Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art: The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769–2018


  • Keepthinking: Asia Art Archive


Onsite Digital Experience



  • National Palace Museum: ANiMAL – Art Science Nature Society


  • Detroit Institute of Arts: Tea Table

  • Idaho State Historical Society: Big Burn Exhibit


  • Corporación Parque Explora: MUSIC: You are the Orchestra




  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: Beyond the Paint: Contemporary Muslim Fashions


  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: Raw Material: an arts + culture podcast from SFMOMA Season 4: Luvvers


  • Clyfford Still Museum: A Daughter’s Voice

Research and Innovation



  • National Soccer Hall of Fame: Facial Recognition Personalization Software


  • Witte Museum: H-E-B Body Adventure, Powered by University Health System


  • The Cleveland Museum of Art: Advancing Open Access: Tools and Protocols for Best Practice


Video, Film, Animation, and Live Media or Digital Performances



  • J. Paul Getty Museum: Getty Unshuttered


  • Corporación Parque Explora: Musical Landscapes


  • YouTube Channel of the Corning Museum of Glass

Museums and the Web GLAMi Awards 2019


  • Digital platform for management and distribution of accessible and interactive visit solutions, The Besancon Fine Arts and Archaeology Museum


Education Program

  • Getty Unshuttered, J. Paul Getty Museum


Education and Collection Extension / Website 

  • John Mawurndjul website: Ngayi ngakarrme bokenh – mankerrnge la mankare, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia


Education and Collection Extention / Non-website

  • The Photo Positioning Puzzle – Old Narva, Dept. of Media & Communication, University of Oslo


Exhibition Media or Experience / Immersive 

  • Immersive technology and its integration with curatorial practice in Wonderland exhibition, ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)


Exhibition Media or Experience / Non-immersive 

  • Mandela: Struggle for Freedom – Poster Making Activity, Canadian Museum for Human Rights


Marketing and Promotion

  • Van Gogh Highlights, The Letters, Van Gogh Museum


Museum-wide Guide or Program 

  • Hirshhorn Eye, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institutuion


BEST of the GLAMi Awards Winner

  • Immersive technology and its integration with curatorial practice in Wonderland exhibition, ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)

Heritage in Motion Awards 2019

Best Achievement Award 2019

  • DigitaltMuseum.org – Museum collections online, Espen Andersen Nordenhaug


Games & Interactive experiences

  • Radiophonic Spaces


Film & Video

  • The Ljubljanica River by Irena Šinkovec



  • ArchAIDE - #Archaeorevolutionisnow, Francesca Anichini



  • DigitaltMuseum.org – Museum collections online, Espen Andersen Nordenhaug

AVICOM F@IMP Awards 2019

Grand Prix - Claude Nicole Hocqard prize of AVICOM

  • Magic Wall for travelling exhibition Sissy and Hungary by Hungarian National Museum, Hungary


Short Film

  • Hungarian National Museum: Malenkij Robot Memorial Place by Hungarian National Museum, Hungary

  • Three-dimension virtual film of《The Grand Canal》 by Nanjing Museum, China


  • The Bronze Standing Figure (1200 B.C.-600 B.C.) by Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum, China


  • Luxurious Underground Palace Tomb of Liusheng by Hebei Museum, China


Medium Film

  • The Easter Expectations in village Komna by Museum of J. A. Comenius, Czech republic


  • The Qianlong Era by The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site


  • Fragile by Museum of Ethnography, Hungary


Augmented Reality

  • HistoPad of the Airborne Museum (Sainte-Mère-Eglise, France) by Airborne Museum, France


  • Shanghai History Museum mobile digital guide effect demonstration by Shanghai History Museum, Shanghai

  • The Art of Restoration by All-Russian Art Research Restoration Center named after Academician I.E. Grabar, Russia


Creative Exhibition Installation

  • Displaying Absent Artefacts by CULTNAT, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt


  • Virtual Darkroom by ROSPHOTO Museum, Russia


  • Mov(e)ing Cabinet Media Installation by Petőfi Literary Museum, Hungary

Digital Interactive Installation

  • Museum of archaeological wood "Tatarskaya Slobodka" of Sate Museum-reserve "Town-island of Sviyazhsk" review video by State Museum-reserve "Town-island of Sviyazhsk", Russia


  • A Journey Inside Paintings and Calligraphy-VR Art Exhibition by National Palace Museum, Taiwan

  • Rambling around in the Imperial Garden(Yu huayuan) by The Palace Museum, China


  • Bishop Karels dream by Olomouc Museum of Art, Czech Republic



  • METEROR KISS by Shanghai Science & Technology Museum, China 


  • Hand / Craft / Art by Hungarian Open Air Museum, Hungary


  • Ribbons and Branches by Museum of Ethnography, Hungary

  • Sovinec 1947–1989 by Olomouc Museum of Art, Czech Republic


Education & outreach

  • Paul Klee - Unstable Balance Exhibition by Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasil


  • Ming Dynasty: The Radiance of Knowledge by The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site, Russia

  • Square Kettle with Lotus and Crane by Henan Museum, China


  • Trailer of the 11 Conti Museum by La Monnaie de Paris, France

  • What is today’s meal? by Ochanomizu University, JapanW


Interpretive Exhibition Installation

  • Tibetan Dragon Sutra Immersive Interactive Installation by National Palace Museum, Taiwan


  • Intelligent@Suzhou Museum by Suzhou Museum, China

  • The Holy Shroud: Between Faith, Art and Science by Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo, Brasil


  • Digital Library of MANaM by Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy


  • Photos from the past by Multimedia Art Museum, Russia


  • I'm from Hungary by Hungarian Open Air Museum, Hungary 


  • Changxin Palace Lamp 3D Interactive APP by Hebei Museum, China

Museums Australia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) 2019

APP ​Level B

  • Australian Museum​: Australian Museum Games App - Whale Trail



  • Multicultural Museums Victoria: www.mmv.org.au



  • Australian Museum: australianmuseum.net.au


  • Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new microsite​



  • ​Orange Regional Museum: Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange and district



  • Art Gallery of New South Wales: The lady and the unicorn​



  • Museum of Brisbane: The Designers' Guide: Easton Pearson Archive​



  • Sydney Jewish Museum: Video for Capital Appeal campaign, 'Keep Their Voice Alive'​


  • State Library of NSW: #NewSelfWales

2019 Shorty Awards


  • JFK Moonshot by Digitas, JFK Presidential Library & Museum



  • #Romanovs100 AR Photo Album by RT



  • JFK Moonshot by Digitas, JFK Presidential Library & Museum



  • JFK Moonshot by Digitas, JFK Presidential Library & Museum

2019 Annual Webby Awards

Websites - Cultural Institutions / 2019 People's Voice / Webby Award Winner

  • Anne Frank House by IN10


Websites - Education / 2019 Webby Award Winner

  • Smithsonian Learning Lab


Apps, Mobile, and Voice - Art & Experimental/ 2019 People's Voice

  • David Bowie Is, by Planeta, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and The David Bowie Archive


Apps, Mobile, and Voice - Culture & Events / 2019 People's Voice

  • Unravel Van Gogh by Dept


Social - Arts & Entertainment / 2019 People's Voice

  • #10yearchallenge in The Museo Del PRADO by Museo Nacional del Prado


Social - Education & Discovery / 2019 Webby Award Winner

  • The Field Museum Instagram Account by The Field Museum

Museums in Short Awards 2019

Museums in Short 2019

  • Freud Museum of London: “A Surreal Christmas"


Public Vote Prize

  • Gallery of Matica Srpska: "Momentum"

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