The Young Geographer of the Year competition is run in partnership with Geographical and is kindly supported by Esri UK, Ordnance Survey, Stanfords and Philip’s.
For the 2021 Young Geographer of the Year competition we were asking young people to create an annotated map revealing how their lives have been shaped by the Covid pandemic.
We were interested to see maps illustrating and describing:
Which local human and physical features they and their family used during the pandemic
Why some places were especially important to young people
The places they couldn’t visit and why
If the pandemic has led to them experiencing any new places in their local area
How the pandemic changed their geographical understanding of their local area
Any links which ‘stretch’ their maps to other places which were also important to them during the pandemic
The competition had four categories: KS2 (pupils aged 7-11), KS3 (pupils aged 11-14), GCSE (pupils aged 14-16) and A Level (pupils aged 16-18). The Society encouraged schools to run their own semi-finals before entering their top-placed entries into the national competition.
The competition winner and highly commended entries will be published in a future Routes issue. Routes is the UK's first open-access, peer-reviewed e-journal written for and by sixth form and undergraduate geographers. Peer-reviewers are expert geography teachers and academics. Publishing in Routes is a mark of geographical distinction. It gives students a space to share their ideas, stand out, and develop as the next generation of geographers.
Aarav Gupta - King's College Junior School, London
Amy Wang - The Study Prep, London
Grace Seward - Stafford Grammar School, Stafford
Millie Nabarro - Thomas's Clapham, London
Aarav Gupta (Winner)
Amy Wang (Highly Commended)
Grace Seward (Highly Commended)
Millie Nabarro (Highly Commended)
Faatimah Ali - Lancaster Girls' Grammar School, Lancaster
Kiera Price - Samuel Ryder Academy, St Albans
Michaela Yates - Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy, Pelsall
Alexandra Draper - St John's College, Cardiff
Faatimah Ali (Winner)
Michaela Yates (Highly Commended)
Kiera Price (Highly Commended)
Alexandra Draper (Highly Commended)
Kate James - Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton
Sophia Nelson - Weydon School, Farnham
Jessica Claridge-Law - Cowes Enterprise College, Cowes
Claudia Caisley - Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, Elstree
Kate James (Winner)
Sophia Nelson (Highly Commended)
Jessica Claridge (Highly Commended)
Claudia Caisley (Highly Commended)
Katie O’Shea - Bilborough College, Nottingham
Fiona Bostock - Cowbridge Comprehensive School, Cowbridge
Hollie Corfield - Durham Sixth Form Centre (43424), Durham
Issy Reid - The Coopers’ Company and Coborn School, Upminster
Paul Greenhalgh - Berkhamsted Boys’ School, Berkhamsted
The Young Geographer of the Year competition and Rex Walford Award are kindly supported by:
Experiences of home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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