Frequently asked questions

Is the deadline of 18 October 2019 the date you need to have received the entries, or the date we need to have posted them?

The date of 18 October 2019 is the final deadline, and all entries must have reached us by 5.00pm on that date.


When will the winners be announced?

The final judging will take place at the end of October, with the winners being announced and contacted early November.


I want to send in my Key Stage 5 entry, how do I do that electronically?

Please complete an entry form and email it to with a copy of your essay or your story map.


What does the 1,500 word count for the Key Stage 5 entry include? Can I go slightly over or under?

Map, diagram and graph annotations are included in the word count. Titles, subtitles, tables of contents and references are not included in the word count. The word limit of 1,500 means that we do not wish any entries to be over 1,500 words.


When will the Award Ceremony take place?

Winners and Highly Commended entrants will be informed of all of the details regarding the Award Ceremony by the beginning of November.


Are international schools allowed to enter this competition?

We gladly accept entries from schools outside of the UK.


I am planning to submit my entry/entries for Young Geographer of the Year - do I need to send anything with them?

All entries must be accompanied by an entry form.


What do we win?

Winners and Highly Commended students will win an award and a selection of geography prizes.


When will Young Geographer of the Year 2020 be announced?

The question and all of the entry details will be announced in April 2020.


My entry is larger than an A3 poster - is this acceptable?

All KS2, KS3 and KS4 entries must be A3 posters. KS5 entries must be no longer than 1,500 words.


Will my entry be returned?

Unfortunately due to the high volume of entries, we are unable to return entries. Please ensure you take photographs or photocopies of your entries. Winners and Highly Commended students will have the opportunity to take their entry home after the Award Ceremony.


I am a teacher, how many entries can I submit?

Where a school has more than 10 entries, we suggest that teachers run their own semi-final and select the best 10 entries to be submitted into the competition. A certificate of commendation is available to download.