KS4 winner: Kate James
The winners of the 2021 Young Geographer of the Year competition have been announced.
Young Geographer of the Year is a national competition run by the Society to encourage pupils to engage with geographical issues. This year’s competition asked pupils to create an annotated map which reveals how their lives have been shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic for the theme: ‘Remapping our lives’.
Steve Brace, the Society’s Head of Education and Outdoor Learning said: “Geography plays a crucial role in our understanding of place and space. Given the extraordinary obstacles faced by pupils again this year, we’re delighted to see so many submissions cleverly reflect the adaptations made by pupils to their lives on both local and global scales. They’ve also demonstrated how their lives are interconnected and influenced by these locations and revealed how both human and physical geographical processes interact with them. The standard was exceptionally high, and the work was produced in a thoughtful and knowledgeable way. Congratulations to all who took part.”
The Young Geographer of the Year competition recognises the best entries across four categories: Key Stage 2 (pupils aged 9-11); Key Stage 3 (11-14); Key Stage 4/GCSE (14-16); and Key Stage 5/A Level (16-18). The judges were very impressed with the range, quality, and number of competition entries received.
The overall category winners are:
9-11 years: Aarav Gupta, King's College Junior School
11-14 years: Faatimah Ali, Lancaster Girls' Grammar School
14-16 years: Kate James, Lady Eleanor Holles School
16-18 years: Katie O’Shea, Bilborough College
See the full list of winners and highly commended pupils
The Young Geographer of the Year competition and the Rex Walford Award are run by the Society in conjunction with Geographical magazine and are kindly supported by Esri UK, Ordnance Survey, Philip’s and Cotswold Outdoor.
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