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

Перед праздником Бакалдын. Амурская область. Фото: Наталья Поспелова, участница 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 "Ethnography and Art History".

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


Лучники на национальном празднике Сурхарбаан. Республика Бурятия. Фото: Евгений Коноплёв, участник конкурса РГО "Самая красивая страна"

The topic of the fifth week, when the Day of Cultural Workers is celebrated in Russia (March 25), is "Ethnography and Art History". We are waiting for the most memorable and entertaining facts that impressed the students, and non-standard questions from the world of traditions and creativity of the peoples of Russia that stood out for the mentors.

The ideas submitted to the contests within the framework of this topic should be devoted to the ethnography and art of the peoples of our country. Questions and facts may relate to:

holidays, everyday life, languages of the peoples of Russia;

folk arts and crafts;

literary works, folklore, fine arts, music and dance of the peoples of Russia;

history of the formation and development of multinational and multi-confessional Russia.

Questions and facts about ethnographically defined toponyms, the activities of domestic ethnographers, and the study of the Russian population, including by foreign researchers, are welcome.


Масленица в городе Калининск. Саратовская область. Фото: Галина Танишева, участница конкурса РГО "Самая красивая страна"

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.


Праздник "Балтай". Село Мордовская Кармалка, Татарстан. Фото: Юлия Калинина, участница конкурса РГО "Самая красивая страна"

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.