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The Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong (RGS-HK) announces the winners of the Hong Kong Young Geographer of the Year Awards (YGOTY)

HONG KONG, June 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — RGS-HK is delighted to announce the successful conclusion of the YGOTY 2022 contest. Winners will be announced on June 11 ahead of RGS-HK Quiz Night. The last remaining tickets for Quiz Night are available via

YGOTY is open to primary, secondary and tertiary students in Hong Kong. This year, the competition grew to 520 entries from 400 students.

Rupert McCowanDirector of RGS-HK said, “This year, we are pleased to see that the level of the competition has reached new heights. We continue to see good representation in international and local institutions, which highlights that of Hong Kong underlying diversity. »

Participating students were required to submit a visual image along with a brief written explanation demonstrating their knowledge and application of geographic concepts. These covered four themes:

  • Nature: the uniqueness of Hong Kong’s natural environment and species
  • People & Culture: the character of hong kong people and their ideas, customs or behaviors
  • Urbanscape: the signatures of that of Hong Kong built environment
  • Critical look: the social, socio-economic or environmental issues of hong kong

Viktor ParaschivRGS-HK board member and competition director, said: “It’s impressive to see the dedication and resilience of hong kong students in these difficult times. They show their commitment to matters important to our city – and their general love for hong kong.”

There is one final award, the People’s Choice Award, which needs the public vote directly for a preferred entry before June 10:

Contest winners will be announced on:

Notes for Editors

The jury composed of a wide range of experts in the fields of geography and natural sciences, photography, education and nature enthusiasts, all familiar with hong kong. They were tasked with selecting the winning entries based on effectiveness in conveying the category theme through originality, impact, composition and technique in the visual, as well as knowledge of geographic content and connection to the theme in the written explanation.

The Royal Geographical Society – hong kong (RGS-HK) is the largest English-speaking company in hong kong with some 2,500 members. Each year, it hosts over 100 geography-related events, including numerous conferences with distinguished speakers, field trips to unique locations, and special events such as photography workshops and wildlife talks. RGS-HK also runs a successful school outreach program, offering students from local and international schools the opportunity to learn from guest speakers as part of the Society’s main curriculum.


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