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.
Throughout the pandemic our ability to travel near or afar has been severely limited. This year, to encourage young people to widen their geographical horizons, whether locally or much further afield, the Society is asking pupils where, how and why.
Where? Where might you want to travel to? We’d like you to give a geographical overview of the place you’d like to visit. It doesn’t matter if the place is local to you or much further afield, we’d like you to give its geographical overview and share your understanding of its key physical and human features.
How? How would you get there and what reasons might you give for the type/s of transport you might use? Is the place a short walk away or somewhere that would require transport to take you beyond the UK?
Why? What makes this place geographically interesting, important or meaningful to you?
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)
Entrants must enter into the Key Stage category they were in on the 30 June 2022.
The deadline for receipt of all entries is Monday 3 October 2022 at 5.00pm. Entries received after this time will not be accepted. All entries must be made electronically by uploading the files online and must be accompanied by an online entry form (link below), using the same format file name/type requirements specified on the online application form. Entries that do not follow the naming convention will not be considered.
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 in 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. 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
Submit your entry
If you have any queries or questions, please email email@example.com
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 StoryMap 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
Entrants' names and school names must not be written anywhere on submitted entries.
We do not have a preferred style for submissions. We are looking for eye-catching, innovative, informative and accurate submissions which show off the geography around where you would like to go to, how you'd go there and why this particular place.
Describe two or more geographical features using annotated images or diagrams
Describe four or more geographical features 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.
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