Every year we hold our annual Rockstar Young Geologists’ Competition and not only is this great fun to be a part of but you can win some fantastic geological prizes. It’s open to anyone under the age of 18! We have a number of competition categories (ages and media) you can enter.
It’s a fantastic activity to do during the school summer holiday period when you have more time to find out about a geology topic that interests you. It’s your chance to show off your knowledge and skills without the pressure that goes hand in hand with school work – this is all for fun!
Your entry can be about rocks, fossils, dinosaurs, mountains, cliffs, caves, beaches, building stones, volcanoes, metals, crystals, geological pioneers and explorers, landscapes, earthquakes, or anything else geological you can think of!
Your entry can also take any form you want it to, such as geology-themed models, board games, word games, drawings, paintings, illustrated books, recipes, presentations, short films, embroidery, knitting, clothing, puzzles and sculptures. The variety has been astonishing in the past and we expect to be amazed again this year!
Win Fabulous Prizes
- All section winners will each receive £150 worth of geological equipment, specimens, books, videos, or art materials.
- Second placed entrants will receive £125 worth of prizes.
- Third placed entrants will receive £100 worth of prizes.
- Plus the young geologist voted overall Rockstar Winner wins an additional £150 prize!
- The Rockstar Young Writer Winner receives £150 plus Student membership of the Geologists’ Association (GA) and your article may be published in the GA magazine (this would look great on your CV when applying for university or a job!).
All winners will also be invited to attend a special prize-giving ceremony in London and have your work featured in our magazine and on our websites. It’s a very prestigious affair and a fabulous day out for winners and their families.
Everyone who enters the competition will receive a small gift.
Key Competition Dates and Details
Deadline for entries to be sent in by 8 September 2021.
Winners notified by 30 September 2021.
Prizegiving will take place in October 2021.
We want as many young geologists as possible to enter our competition and so there are a number of competition categories you can enter including:
- Rockstar 8 years and under
- Rockstar 8 and under (movie/sound)
- Rockstar 9-12 years
- Rockstar 9-12 (movie/sound)
- Rockstar 13-16 years
- Rockstar 13-16 (movie/sound)
- Rockstar Young Writer (16-18 years)
If you are entering a movie/sound category your entry should be a maximum of 5 minutes long.
What are Judges Looking for?
There are six criteria when judging each competition entry which are:
- geological content
- geological accuracy
- artistic/literary merit
- inventiveness and knowledge (age-related)
Help on Getting Started
Read our hints and tips for advice on how to get started on any category of competition entry.
Rockstar 2021 is sponsored by Anglo American Group Foundation.