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 this year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition we are asking young people to create an annotated map which reveals how their lives have been shaped by the Covid pandemic.
We are interested to see maps which illustrate and describe:
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 has four categories.
Key Stage 2 (pupils aged 7-11)
Key Stage 3 (pupils aged 11-14)
Key Stage 4 or GCSE (pupils aged 14-16)
Key Stage 5 or A Level (pupils aged 16-18)
Students should enter the Key Stage category they will be in on 30 June 2021.
The deadline for receipt of all entries is Thursday 22 July 2021 at 5.00pm. Entries received after this time will not be accepted. Due to the volume of entries we receive, we will only contact you/your student if you are selected as one of our winners. Winners will be announced by the start of the autumn term.
Submissions can be made by individual students or teachers. Teacher and school contact details must be provided. If you are a teacher sending in entries, please note how many students took part in the competition. We cannot accept or judge any entries by post.
All entries must be made electronically by uploading the files online and must be accompanied by an online entry form. We encourage schools to run an in-house competition and only send their top 10 entries into the national competition.
The submission process has two steps:
Step 1: Submit the entry form for up to 10 students
Step 2: Upload your entries
Enter competition here
KS2, KS3 and KS4 students will produce an A3 size entry. This can be handmade (then sent in electronically via a scanned copy or photograph) or using PowerPoint, Word, Publisher or PDF, etc.
KS5 students will produce an Esri Story Map containing no more than 1,500 words.
All entries should address this year’s theme and must meet the following criteria:
Excellent attention to spelling, punctuation and grammar
Use of accurate geographical terminology
Clearly labelled and appropriately acknowledged sources, including diagrams, charts, maps or images
Accurate use of symbols, scales and keys
Original and independently produced - class sets of identical entries or entries which have copied information from other sources, such as the internet, will not be accepted
If produced electronically, please use a minimum font size of point 10
We do not have a preferred style of map. We are looking for eye-catching, innovative, informative and accurate maps which reveal how Covid has shaped young peoples’ geographical understanding of their local area. Young Geographer of the Year 2021 supports the Society’s work on the ‘mapping home’ strand of www.stayhomestories.co.uk which is researching how the pandemic changed our relationship to home.
Describe two or more geographical features on their map using annotated images or diagrams
Describe four or more geographical features on their map using annotated images or diagrams
Describe at least six geographical features using annotated images, data and diagrams
Describe and discuss multiple geographical features, through a strong use of annotated images, diagrams and data. Submitted as an Esri Storymap.
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.
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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