On May 8, 2011, Coca‑Cola celebrated its 125th anniversary. To commemorate this historic moment, celebratory events were held around the world. In Russia, the anniversary was marked by a traveling exhibition which told the history of Coca‑Cola and a 125 Happy Years contest for the best Coca‑Cola contour bottle design.
A total of 652 entries were received out of which 67 made it to the final round to compete for first place – a trip to Atlanta, Georgia,U.S.A. – home to The Coca‑Cola Company. Following a tough deliberation, judges from The Coca‑Cola Company and Coca‑Cola Hellenic awarded first place to Maria Kolenkina, an artist from the city of Orel. In her work "From the Past to the Future", Maria stylishly and creatively showed that through the passage of time what remains unchanged is Coca‑Cola.
The Coca‑Cola System in Russia thanks all contest participants and congratulates Maria Kolenkina on her merited victory. Maria will travel to Atlanta at the end of February 2012 and will visit the home of Coca‑Cola, learn the story of Coca‑Cola's success at the company's museum which also houses the world’s most famous secret recipe.
"When I learned that I won the All-Russia "Coca‑Cola: 125 Happy Years" contest I was just shocked and tears of joy started falling from my eyes," says Maria Kolenkina. "It is the same euphoria that I feel now as I anxiously look forward to traveling to Atlanta!"