Magazine article Geographical

Competition Judge Judith Mansell Discusses This Year's Entries

Magazine article Geographical

Competition Judge Judith Mansell Discusses This Year's Entries

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This year's Young Geographer entries came in a startling variety of forms: from PowerPoint presentations, video diaries, 'radio' broadcasts and Google Earth virtual journeys to the more conventional written form. In describing their proposed journey to the Arctic, many entries covered the equipment and clothing they would need, while the best also outlined the purpose of the journey and the environment through which they would travel.

The competition rules called for entrants to specify one luxury item that they would include, along with their reasons for choosing it--and the answers offered the judges much amusement. There were the predictable cameras and camcorders to record the momentous journey, although Keshvi, 13, from Old Palace of John Whitgift Schoolin Croydon, added lots of memory cards. Monica, 13, from King Edward VI Five Ways, Birmingham, packed all of her information into a suitcase-shaped folder, including her luxury, a jar of honey to give her energy and make the food taste better. Food was a popular luxury and Joe, 16, from the Kings School, Chester, specified a jar of Frank Cooper's Thick Cut Marmalade, just as Captain Robert Falcon Scott had with him on his final expedition almost 100 years ago. …

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