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GA awards 2020

About the GA Awards

The annual GA Awards ceremony recognises the achievements of individuals, schools and publishers during the previous year. The 2020 GA Awards were presented at the GA Annual Conference held online.


Award for Excellence in Leading Geography

This award is presented to those articles in each of our journals that have made the greatest contribution to the development of good practice, as decided by a poll on the GA website.

This year’s winners are:

Primary Geography

‘Place attachments: A sense of security’

Julia Tanner

Summer 2019


Teaching Geography

‘Brexit and borders: topical geography’ 

Joe Usher

Autumn 2019



‘The witch, the wasteland and the gateway to Hell: Iceland’s volcanoes and their hazards’

Fiona Tweed

Autumn 2019


GA Publishers’ Awards

The GA Publishers’ Awards are given for materials associated with geography in schools and colleges that are considered to make a significant contribution to geographical education and professional development. This year we have awarded in the Highly Commended and Silver categories.

The awards are as follows:

Highly commended: A level Geography Independent Investigation

Insight and Perspective


Highly commended: Short and Long Carbon Cycle Knowledge booster videos

Time for Geography/University of Exeter


Highly commended: Temperate deciduous woodlands Knowledge booster video

Time for Geography/University of Greenwich, London


Highly commended: Multiculturalism in London Knowledge booster video

Time for Geography/Kingston University, London/ESRI UK


Highly commended: Stores of Carbon on Planet Earth Knowledge booster video

Time for Geography/Liverpool John Moores University


Highly commended: Evidence of climate change Knowledge booster video

Time for Geography/University of Sussex


Highly commended: Structure of the earth Knowledge booster video

Time for Geography/TREX/Swansea University/Keele University 


Highly commended: Weddell Sea Expedition – Education Resources

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in partnership with the Weddell Sea Expedition


Highly commended: Coral Oceans Geography 14-16

Encounter Edu


Highly commended: Climate and Energy 14-16

Encounter Edu


Silver: Geography Education’s Potential and the Capability Approach

Palgrave Macmillan


Silver: Geogo!

Oaka Books


Silver: Tectonic hazards: tsunamis Knowledge booster video

Time for Geography/Bangor University/University of Dundee


Silver: DRY: the diary of a water superhero

University of the West of England


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Honorary membership

This is the highest award that the GA makes and recognises the enormous contribution that the recipients have made to the GA and to geography in education. This year the award goes to Steve Rawlinson.


Annual award for excellence

This award is for an individual who has made a significant contribution to furthering geographical knowledge and understanding through education and/or the work of the GA over the previous year. This year the award goes to Anthony Barlow.


Distinguished service award

This new award recognises individuals who have made a notable contribution to the work of the GA and its charitable mission, particularly through specialist volunteer groups in the geographical community over a sustained period of time. The first awards go to Alan Marvell and Paul Weeden.


GA Outstanding Service Diploma

This award is given for outstanding service to the GA through membership of and contribution to the work of its committees and special interest groups. This year’s awardees are Catherine Owen, Paula Owens and Charles Rawding.


GA Certificate

This award is given for service on GA committees and special interest groups. This year, the award is given to Mike Simmons.


Quality Marks

The GA’s Primary and Secondary Quality Marks exist to recognise quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development, teaching and learning.

View Primary Geography Quality Mark award holders

View Secondary Geography Quality Mark award holders


Professional award

The GA Professional Award recognises and rewards teachers of geography who can demonstrate that they geography who can demonstrate that they can evidence and have reflected on the impact of professional development on their practice.

This year the recipients are Emma Johns and Simran Jouhal.



WW reservoire

The International Geography Olympiad is a team competition for the best 16 to 19-year-old geography students from all over the world. Zachary Elliott, Alex Teeuw, Naomi Gammon and Freya Ruparel won a GA competition to represent the UK at 2019’s event in Hong Kong.

WorldWise runs a number of competitions for students. The team from Forge Valley School, Sheffield won the 2019 WorldWise Challenge Weekend at Preston Montford Field Studies Centre.


Physical Geography Photo Competition

This competition offers a chance for secondary students to showcase their photography skills combined with skills in describing and explaining the physical geography they have captured. The theme for 2019 was ‘Wonderful physical geography’ and the winners are:

From the 11-14 category:

1st prize goes to Zoe Cripwell from Monmouth School for Girls

2nd prize goes to Sarah Beck from the Burscough Priory Academy

3rd prize goes to Helen Neacsu from Monmouth School for Girls

And Highly Commended goes to Willian O’Nions from Bromsgrove School

From the 14-18 category:

1st prize goes to Annabelle Hart from St Helen and St Katharine School

2nd prize goes to Emma Hubbert from Downend School

3rd prize goes to Aleksandra Flak from BORG Obendorf (Salzburg, Austria)

And Highly Commended goes to Jamie Porter from Colyton Grammar School

View the website article for large versions of the winning photos


Independent investigation competition

This competition is designed to encourage good practice in work that students are already undertaking for their independent investigation. The winner of the competition for 2019 is Charlotte Parish from Bilborough College with her study entitled: To what extent is there a relationship between age and the perceived success of regeneration in Southwater?



Olwen Lintern-Smyth has been appointed Chair of Trustees

Dan Cowling has been appointed as an elected member to Board of Trustees.

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