GeoDictation blitz contests continue: ETHNOGRAPHY AND ART HISTORY

Before Bakaldyn holiday. Amur region. Photo: Natalya Pospelova, participant of the Russian Geographical Society contest "The Most Beautiful Country".

The fifth blitz contest is open on March 20-26

The Russian Geographical Society invites you to take part in a series of short thematic competitions, thanks to which everyone can submit their ideas for the questions of the Geographical Dictation – 2023. Let's briefly repeat the general concept:

  • Seven blitz contests "Write your question for the Geographical Dictation" are dedicated to the Year of the Teacher and Mentor.
  • Two competitions are opened weekly on a specific theme, inspired by anniversaries and related to school courses.
  • Facts and questions sent to each of the blitz contests should be focused on the geography of Russia in conjunction with the proposed topic.
  • Students compete in most interesting facts that they learned thanks to their teachers; Mentors share the most unusual questions their students have asked.
  • From February 13 to May 17, 2023, the international competition "Write your question for Geographical Dictation – 2023" is held, for which no more than three original questions can be submitted. Participation in both the blitz series and the international competition is welcome, but the submission of the same question is not allowed.


Archers at the national holiday Surkharbaan. The Republic of Buryatia. Photo: Evgeny Konoplyov, participant of the Russian Geographical Society contest "The Most Beautiful Country".

The theme of the fifth week of blitz contests when Russia celebrates the Day of Cultural Workers (March 25) is "Ethnography and Art History". We are waiting for the brightest and most entertaining facts that impressed the Students, and non-standard questions from the world of traditions and creativity of the peoples of Russia that the Mentors heard from their pupils and students.

Ideas submitted a pair of blitz contests under this topic should be dedicated to the ethnography and art of the peoples of Russia. Questions and facts may relate to:

  • holidays, everyday life, languages of the peoples of Russia;
  • folk art crafts;
  • literary creativity, folklore, fine arts, music and dances of the peoples of Russia;
  • the history of the formation and development of multinational and multi-confessional Russia.

We also welcome questions and facts about ethnographically conditioned toponymy, the activities of Russian ethnographers and the study of Russian population, including researches conducted by foreign scientists.


Maslenitsa in the city of Kalininsk. Saratov region. Photo: Galina Tanisheva, participant of the Russian Geographical Society contest "The Most Beautiful Country".

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

1. Question types. The competition accepts questions of an exclusively closed type, with multiple answers. Important: there can only be one correct answer per question and, similarly, only one unquestionable interpretation is possible for a fact. Requirements for questions and examples of their presentation are fixed in Appendix No. 1 to the Regulations on the competition (in Russian).

2. Originality. The competition accepts questions and facts that do not repeat the content of the tasks of the Geographical Dictation of previous years. You can see all the variants for past seasons of the Geographical Dictation here (and test your knowledge as well).

3. Amount of submitted questions. There is a strict limit here – one person can submit no more than three questions to the blitz contest.

Let us briefly recall the procedure for holding a series of short thematic competitions:

  • Questions and facts are checked by experts who determine the best ideas, on the basis of which the tasks of the main variant of the Geographical Dictation will be formulated.
  • Two Winners of each topic – the Mentor and the Student – will receive Contest certificates and a gift certificate that allows to pay for a tourist trip "with an open date" along one of the routes recommended by the Russian Geographical Society.
  • The list of Winners will appear on the website of the Russian Geographical Society no later than May 17, 2023.
  • By decision of the Competition Commission, a group of Finalists can also be determined, from which no more than four Prize-winners can be selected within each topic.



Holiday "Baltai". The village of Mordovskaya Karmalka, Tatarstan. Photo: Yulia Kalinina, participant of the Russian Geographical Society contest "The Most Beautiful Country".