Launch: December 2021 | Submission deadline: 1st March 2022 | Winners announced: Early Summer 2022
After the extraordinary success of last year’s edition, with more than 400 submissions competing for 17 prizes (each between $1,000 and $5,000), the RGS-HK is excited to announce the launch of the 2021-2022 Hong Kong Young Geographer of the Year competition.
As a reminder, some of the winners were 8 year old Elidi YANG from the French International School (primary education overall winner) and 15 year old Man ANTONY from Stewards Pooi Kei College (secondary education People and Culture Theme prize) – you can find all the winners at https://vpl.ink/win.
This year we are increasing the number of prizes to 20, including the very popular People’s Choice award. The submission format remains a visual (photograph, map, sketch or infographic, and now also collage) accompanied by a brief written explanation that demonstrates knowledge and application of geographical concepts that connect to the competition’s themes. Even more than last year, our judges will reward originality in the written explanation.
Each student can enter one submission for each of the following themes:
- Nature: the uniqueness of the natural environment and species of Hong Kong
- People & Culture: the character of Hong Kong people & their ideas, customs or behaviour
- Urbanscape: the signatures of Hong Kong's built environment
- Critical Eye: the social, socio-economic or environmental issues that matter in Hong Kong (NB: this theme is only open to secondary and tertiary categories)
Entries are going to be judged on their effectiveness in conveying the theme of the categories through originality, impact, composition and technique in the visual, and the geographical content knowledge and connection to the theme in the written explanation. This should also include an acknowledgement of any references used where relevant.
Please refer to the entry form below for details on the submission process, including the number of words for the written part and technical details concerning the visuals.
The winning entries are going to be displayed in a Hong Kong Young Geographer of the Year exhibition and there is going to be a prize giving ceremony for the winners. Prizes are distributed per theme amongst age-groups: primary, secondary lower, secondary upper (ages 15 or above), with the awards comprising financial prizes and RGS-HK student benefits.
The judging panel will include a diverse range of experts in the fields of geography and the natural sciences, photographers, educators and nature enthusiasts familiar with Hong Kong.
We look forward to your institution's students participating in the second annual Hong Kong Young Geographer of the Year competition.
Until then, we hope your students keep exploring Hong Kong!