A joint competition run by the Society and the Financial Times.
By entering the competition, entrants agree to these terms and conditions. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in disqualification.
Entries must be in English and submitted using the online form, with the required accompanying information. There is a limit of one entry per student.
The competition is open to sixth form geography students aged 16-18 who are registered to study A Level geography or equivalent in Year 12 or 13 on the closing date.
Employees and immediate family members of employees of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) (RGS-IBG) or The Financial Times Limited (FT), employees of FT’s associated companies, professional advisers, advertising and promotional agencies or anyone else professionally associated with this competition are not eligible to enter.
The competition closes on 1 October 2021 (5.00pm). Entries will not be accepted after this time.
Entries will be judged by a panel of judges including representatives from the FT, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and a third party. Details of the judging panel will be available on request. The judging panel will judge all valid entries submitted against the following criteria to select ‘a Winner’. The judging criteria will include:
A clear essay or ArcGIS StoryMap which is well-evidenced and reaches a clear conclusion
Submissions should not exceed 1,000 words
You should provide referenced sources of information and data
Submissions must be your own work and be relevant to the title and guidance
The winner will receive a £50 Amazon voucher, which may be delivered directly by email. The winner and highly commended entrants will also be offered a free ticket to the FT conference on Global Food Systems on 30 November 2021. The winner’s entry will be published on the Society’s website and may also be published on FT.com, however, publication on FT.com is at the sole discretion of the FT. The winning and highly commended entries may also be published in Routes Journal. The winning prize is subject to Amazon Gift Card Terms and Conditions.
The judging panel's decisions are final, and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into.
The winner will be notified around mid-November 2021 by email. If the winner cannot be contacted from the details supplied within three business days of notification, a replacement winner may be chosen at the Society’s discretion and will then be notified. The original entry that was chosen will then be forfeited. The winner is responsible for providing valid contact details. The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) will not be liable for any failure, delay or inability to contact the winner.
The winner may be required to complete and return an eligibility form stating their age.
There is no fee to enter the competition and no purchase is necessary to enter.
No responsibility for late, incomplete, corrupt or lost entries will be accepted.
The RGS-IBG and FT reserve the right to, at their absolute discretion, cancel, suspend, or vary the competition, or any part of it (including these Terms and Conditions), or vary the prize as required by the circumstances. RGS-IBG and FT reserve the right to disqualify any individual who has not complied with the letter or spirit of these Terms and Conditions. Any failure by RGS-IBG or FT to enforce any provision in these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
Entrants warrant that their entries are not offensive, defamatory, libellous, obscene, indecent, harassing or threatening or otherwise unlawful, and are unique, have not been plagiarised and do not infringe the intellectual property rights or any other rights of a third party. By entering the competition, entrants agree to hold RGS-IBG and FT harmless for any liability, damages or claims for injury or loss to any person or property, relating to, directly or indirectly, participation in this competition, or claims based on publicity rights, third party intellectual property rights, defamation or invasion of privacy.
Entrants retain ownership over their entries. By submitting an entry, entrants grant to each of FT and RGS-IBG a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, sub-licensable, royalty-free licence to display, publish, transmit, copy, edit and use the entry in any media, in whole or in part, in any way they see fit, including, but not limited to, for publishing on www.rgs.org, in Routes journal and on FT.com, without compensation to the entrant. Rights to edit copy where the publishers deem necessary is reserved although entrants will be fully credited.
FT and RGS-IBG are not responsible for (i) any incorrect or inaccurate information used in connection with the competition; or (ii) failures or errors which may occur in the administration of the competition. To the fullest extent permitted by law, FT and RGS-IBG exclude liability and entrants agree to release and hold harmless RGS-IBG and FT for any damage, loss, liability or injury to person or property or for any claim arising as a result of your entry into the competition (save in the case of death or personal injury caused by the negligence of RGS-IBG or FT).
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