NUS Geography Challenge 2022

NUS Geography Challenge 2022 Trailer


The National University of Singapore Geography Challenge (NUS GC) is an annual non-profit Geography-centered competition jointly organised by the NUS Department of Geography and the NUS Geographical Society. As NUS GC runs for the 26th year, we will continue on our quest to ignite passion and inspire secondary school students to develop a keen interest in the dynamic discipline of Geography. Through healthy competition, we seek to engage, empower and educate students on world issues and highlight the omnipresence of Geography in our everyday lives. In the course of participating in this challenge, NUS GC also aims to encourage students to embark on independent learning.

The theme for the 2022 edition of the Geography Challenge is:

Eco-Utopia: Blueprints for our Green Futures.

The COVID-19 pandemic, according to many scholars, has resulted in what is known as a “global reset”, thereby transforming our way of life and the functions of cities. Hence, in this age of change, we hope to come together, as future citizens, to create the blueprints for our future. We will leverage on the Singapore Green Plan 2030 and United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in our quest to create an Eco-Utopia that is beneficial to both the current and future generations.

Through NUS GC 2022, students will be empowered and inspired as Singaporean citizens, as well as world citizens in thinking critically of the larger picture to do their part as #GenerationRestoration protect our immediate future and in the next decades. Students will also explore the potential solutions and opportunities to promote active citizenry as they adopt a role to envision their Eco-Utopia, creating the Blueprints for our Green Futures.

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COVID-19 Precautions

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Preliminary Round will be held online while the Geo-Trail (Semi-Finals) and Grand Finals rounds will be held in-person with the proper safe-distancing measures and procedures in place. The NUS GC will strictly adhere to the safe-distancing guidelines throughout the course of the entire competition.

More information on the in-person Geo-Trail (Semi-Finals) and physical Grand Finals will be given closer to the component dates themselves.

GC 2022 Engagement Activity

The organising committee has curated an engagement activity for interested students to take part in. Details of the activity can be found in the link below. The activity will begin on 4 January 2022 (Tuesday) at 0000 hrs and will end on 19 March 2022 (Saturday) at 1300 hrs.

The additional engagement activity will be open to ALL students from Secondary 1 to 5 regardless of whether they have registered for GC 2022. Do note that this individual activity is entirely optional and is different from the Creative Component.

As the top responses will be showcased during the Grand Finals of GC 2022, do encourage your students to actively participate in this component by sharing the activity link with them! We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions for this activity, which can be found below.




Each school team must have 4 students for NUS GC 2022. These students must be between Secondary 1 to 5 as of 1st January 2022. Students who have participated in previous iterations of NUS GC are ineligible to participate in NUS GC 2022.

Adhering to the Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) outlined by the Ministry of Health, all registered GC 2022 participants will have to be fully vaccinated to protect the safety and well-being of all participants. For the physical components, participants will be required to show their vaccination status via the TraceTogether Application/Vaccination Certificates.

*Note that participants who are currently unvaccinated/partially vaccinated as of the registration period are permitted to register for GC 2022, on the condition that they will be fully vaccinated by 19 March 2022 (Day of Geo-Trail (Semi-Finals)).

** Do note that GCOC adheres to the Multi-Ministry Taskforce guidelines regarding the definitions of a fully-vaccinated individual. It implies that an individual is only considered “fully-vaccinated” 14 days after receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.


The registration fee for NUS GC2022 is SGD20 per team. Make sure to indicate your preferred method of payment (IFAAS or iBanking) in the registration form. Once your submission is received, a confirmation email with the payment details will be sent to you. We will be sending the consent forms for students in the confirmation email as well, consent forms will need to be emailed back to us on the day of Preliminary Rounds.

Registration begins on 4 January 2022 (Tuesday), 0000 hrs and will end on 9 February 2022 (Wednesday), 2359H.

Flowchart of GC 2022 Components

If there are any registration-related issues, please contact us at

Creative Component


4 January 2022 – 9 February 2022

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The CC comprises one main deliverable, which is a 3 to 5-minute long video. This involves the use of video-editing software and the application of striking, engaging visuals to communicate information quickly and clearly. To express their creativity, students’ videos can be in the form of a skit, a public speaking campaign, a news report on a breaking story, vlog, satire news or a combination of any of these ideas. However, these are just suggestions and they can feel free to explore any format they prefer.

The video may be filmed remotely and edited using online media tools (e.g. video-conferencing platforms, virtual visualisation software, etc.), or filmed in-person (while abiding by official Safe Management Measures). Videos will be judged on the creativity of the presentation methods, demonstration of knowledge pertaining to the Singapore Green Plan or the SDGs, and the engagement of the target audience (secondary school students). It is not necessary to create a ‘high-level’ video and no additional marks will be awarded for additional spending on video production. 

Should students require a free software or crash course regarding the basic skills for video editing, the organising committee has created a video guide for the students covering the basic tools required for video editing.

Video Editing Guide

In this optional component, each participating team can complete one of two options:


Current and future school initiatives that align with the Singapore Green Plan 2030 and the Eco-Stewardship Programme OR


Evaluating and suggesting improvements for an existing urban solution adopted by Singapore, drawing links between the chosen solution and the UN’s SDGs.

For more details regarding the options, do refer to the Creative Component Circular, which can be found below.

The organising committee has specially curated 2 sample videos to answer the respective prompts. You may refer to the sample videos for reference. Do note that these videos merely illustrate the basic requirements of the submission and are not meant to be replicated either wholly or in part. They should NOT be treated as a model template.

Sample Video for Option 1

Sample Video for Option 2





Aesthetics and Engagement




All submissions are to be sent to Further details such as format and file naming conventions can be found in the CC circular below. Example submissions can also be found within the circular. Note that if the format is not adhered to, the school will be forfeited from this optional component.

You may refer to the Creative Component Circular, the submission template, and marking rubrics by accessing the link below:

Preliminary Round


26 February 2022

9.00 am – 4.30 pm
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Together with the Creative Component, the Preliminary Round serves to qualify capable participants for the subsequent GeoTrail and Finals Rounds. Participants will be tested not just on their geographical knowledge, but also on application and technical skills so useful in the field and beyond. The top 25 teams from the Preliminaries will progress to the next stage, along with the top 5 teams from the Creative Component.

Due to the exceptional circumstances brought about by COVID-19, the GC2022 Preliminary Round will be conducted online. Instructions for accessing the questions and submitting answers will be disseminated via an online briefing on the actual day itself.

Individual Component


Team Component


Semifinal Round: Geo-Trail

19 March 2022

8.00 am – 3.00 pm
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The Semifinal Round, also known as the Geo-Trail, will see the top 30 schools compete against each other as they learn more about geographical concepts in the Singaporean context. Participants will apply what they know to what they see, and this round is sure to test their application skills. From this round, 5 teams will progress to the Final Round.

Grand Finals

19 March 2022

3.30 pm – 7.00 pm
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As the name suggests, this is the final round that tests the Top 5 teams to see who comes out on top. We have planned an intense competition where participants will be challenged beyond what they already know. This exciting closure to NUS GC2022 will be held in the National University of Singapore (Kent Ridge Campus), and it will be live-streamed for all to watch! You may access the live stream here on the day itself.