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Young Geographer of the Year 2017
Rex Walford Award 2017
Past competition winners
David W Smith Memorial Prize 2017

Young Geographer of the Year 2017

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What is the geography of your favourite place?

This year’s competition provided students with the opportunity to explore their favourite place. ‘Place’ is one of the most important terms used by geographers, allowing an exploration of the people, processes and connections that make particular places meaningful.

Everyone’s favourite place is different and unique. It could be somewhere everyday – such as a local space, a football stadium or a museum – or somewhere extraordinary – such as a holiday destination, a place that holds a special memory, or a place that you have read about or seen in a film.

In an exploration of their favourite place, pupils considered how their favourite place is shaped by local, national and global process, and what these geographical processes – both physical and human – are; the people and connections that make this place meaningful; and the social, cultural, political and environmental geography of their favourite place.

The competition has four categories: Key Stage 2 (students aged 9-11), Key Stage 3 (students aged 11-14), Key Stage 4 or GCSE (students aged 14-16) and Key Stage 5 or A Level (students aged 16-18). The Society encouraged schools to run their own local semi-finals before entering their top-placed entries into the national competition.

The 2017 winners are:

Key Stage 2 (students aged 9-11)

Winner: Charlotte Dunn, Caterham Prep School | View entry (JPG)

Highly Commended entries:

Key Stage 3 (students aged 11-14)

Winner: Sophie O'Riordan, Pate's Grammar School | View entry (JPG)

Highly Commended entries:

Key Stage 4 (students aged 14-16)

Winner: Katy Williams, St Helen and St Katharine | View entry (JPG)

Highly Commended entries:

Key Stage 5 (students aged 16-18)

Winner: Phoebe Jackson, Peter Symonds College | View entry (PDF)

Highly Commended entries:

The Young Geographer of the Year competition and Rex Walford Award are kindly supported by:

Cotswold Outdoor Ordnance Survey Philips

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