Where can geography take you? The theme for the 2019 Young Geographer of the Year competition gave pupils across the country the chance to unleash their creativity and imaginations, with entrants looking at everything from far-flung locations around the world, the role the subject can play in both the planet and mankind’s future, to the career paths it can open up for the geographers of tomorrow.
The five winning submissions, covering Key Stages 2 to 5, plus three highly commended entries in each stage were unveiled at the Society’s annual awards event at the Kensington home of geography, hosted by inspirational TV presenter and explorer, Dwayne Fields FRGS, who spoke engagingly about his own path to geography from his childhood in Jamaica to becoming the first black Briton to walk over 400 miles to the magnetic North Pole.
The winners were Aleena Bennett (KS2), Catherine James (KS3), Jessica Barber (KS4) and Victoria Caddick (KS5). Victoria Pellant took home the Rex Walford Award for the teacher with the best lesson plan related to the theme. All of the winners and highly commended entries can be viewed online at geog.gr/ygoty19. Details of 2020’s competition will be announced in Geographical later this year.
• Young Geographer of the Year is kindly supported by Cotswold Outdoor, Esri UK, Ordnance Survey, Philip’s and Stanfords.
Get the best of Geographical delivered straight to your inbox by signing up to our weekly newsletter and get a free collection of eBooks!