New Blitz Contest for Questions for Geographical Dictation – 2023 Has Started

Геодезический знак в Крыму. Фото: Даниил Прокопов, участник конкурса РГО "Самая красивая страна"

The Russian Geographical Society invites you to take part in a series of thematic blitz contests, thanks to which everyone can offer their ideas for the questions for the Geographical Dictation – 2023. The topic of this week is “Cartography and Computer Science".

Let's briefly repeat the general concept. Seven blitz contests "Write Your Question for the Geographical Dictation" are timed to the Year of the Teacher and Mentor.

A couple of contests are held weekly on a specific topic inspired by memorable dates and somewhat related to school courses.

Facts and questions sent to each of the blitz contests should be focused on the geography of Russia in relation to the proposed topic.

Students compete in stories about the most interesting facts that they have learned thanks to their teachers, and mentors share the most unusual questions that their students have asked.

The international contest "Write Your Question for the Geographical Dictation – 2023" is held from February 13 to May 17. You can submit no more than three original questions for it. Participation in both the series of blitz contests and the international contest is welcome, but sending the same question is not allowed.


План столичного города Москвы, 1859 год. Геопортал РГО.

The topic of the third week, when the Day of Geodesy and Cartography Workers is celebrated in Russia on the second Sunday of March, is "Cartography and Computer Science". We are waiting for the most memorable and entertaining facts that impressed the students, and non-standard questions from the world of geoinformatics that stood out for the mentors.

The ideas submitted to the contests under this topic should be devoted to cartography and geoinformatics. Questions and facts may relate to:

geographical names on the map of Russia, the history of the discovery and exploration of geographical objects on the territory of Russia as a whole;

history of the development and modern achievements of Russian cartographic science and the activities of Russian cartographers in the study of the Earth's surface;

images of Russia on maps created by foreign cartographers;

specifics of displaying geographical objects located on the territory of our country that have a distinctive display on a map or satellite image, and their dynamics.

Questions and facts about objects and concepts from the field of cartography and geoinformatics, tools and methods used in these fields of knowledge are also welcome.

In order for your idea to be accepted for the contest and, in case of victory, form the basis of one of the tasks of the main version of the Geographical Dictation of 2023, the fact or question sent must meet a number of criteria.

Types: Closed-type questions with multiple answers are accepted for the contests, and there can be only one correct answer in each question. Therefore, for a fact from the world of geography, only one indisputable interpretation should be possible. The requirements for questions and facts and examples of their presentation are listed in Appendix No. 1 in the Regulations of the Contest.

Originality: The contests accept questions and facts that do not repeat the content of the tasks of the Geographical Dictation of previous years. You can view all the variants of the previous seasons of the event – and at the same time test yourself – here.

Number: There is a strict restriction here – one person can offer only three ideas.


Геодиктант в Санкт-Петербурге. Фото: Юлия Дугнист

Let us briefly remind you how the series of short thematic contests is conducted.

Questions and facts are checked by the experts who determine the best ideas on the basis of which the tasks of the main version of the Dictation will be formulated.

Two winners of each topic – a mentor and a student – will receive certificates and a gift certificate that allows you to pay for a tourist trip with an open date along one of the routes recommended by the RGS.

The list of winners will appear on the RGS’s website no later than May 17, 2023.

The competition commission can also determine a group of finalists, from among which no more than four runners-up can be named within each topic.