Young Geographer of the Year 2015
Why does Antarctica matter?The question for this year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition coincides with the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition, which aimed to complete the first crossing of Antarctica. Despite failing in his original plans and being stranded on pack ice for over a year, Shackleton and his men returned safely and the expedition is recognised as one of the most remarkable feats of leadership and endeavour.
This year’s competition is an opportunity for students to explore why Antarctica still matters today. This may be for a number of reasons, spanning:
- Antarctica's world-leading science
- The continent's unique biodiversity and landscapes
- As a location which still inspires people with awe and wonder of the natural world
- Antarctica's unique status as the only continent in the world without countries
- Antarctica's governance by the Antarctic Treaty which promotes science, peaceful purposes, sets aside territorial claims and prevents military activity
The competition has four categories: Key Stage 2 (students aged 9-11), Key Stage 3 (students aged 11-14), Key Stage 4 or GCSE (students aged 14-16) and Key Stage 5 or A Level (students aged 16-18). The Society encourages schools to run their own local semi-finals before entering their top-placed entries into the national competition.
The deadline for all entries is 5pm on Friday 16th October 2015.