Established in 1995, the Australian Geography Competition encourages young Australians to pursue excellence in geographical fields. More than 66,000 students from over 670 schools entered the competition last year.
This year, the Competition will be held in schools between 26 April and 9 May. Students from Year 7 or younger to Year 12 can take part in this national geographical challenge.
Outstanding Year 11 students are in the running for a place in Australia’s team to the International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) to be held in Quebec City, Canada, in 2018.
Two Year 11 students, one female and one male, from each state and the combined territories will be selected to take part in Geography’s Big Week Out (GBWO) – an intensive six-day residential program with challenging geographical activities.
From that event, Australia’s team for the 2018 International Geography Olympiad will be chosen.
This year, four students from the 2016 GBWO will represent Australia in Belgrade, Serbia.
At the 2016 event, in Beijing, China, the four Australian students took out the top spot ahead of teams from 44 nations in this highly contested international challenge.
The top 10 schools in Australia will be announced and the top school in each state and combined territories will receive a prize.
The competition is organised by the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and is supported by the Department of Education and the University of Queensland.
Visit www.geographycompetition.org.au/ for more information.