The medal has been annually awarded for the merits in popularization of the German language and culture outside of the German-speaking world and promotion of international cultural relations by the German Goethe-Institute since 1955, DW reports.
"African photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi and Georgian National Museum Director David Lordkipanidze also got awards," the statement reads.
Goethe-Institut President Klaus-Dieter Lehmann introduced the winners as "outstanding personalities and tireless intercultural mediators."
Yuri Andrukhovych was distinguished for translating German poets' works into Ukrainian, and for 'paving a new path to the German classics' for Ukrainian readers, according to the Goethe Institute representative.
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