GTK’s annual layman’s sample competition is now on. GTK grants a cash reward to the people who sent the most promising samples during each year. The national award ceremony is held at the end of each year, usually in the region where the person receiving the grand prize lives. The competition aims to raise awareness of geology as a hobby and to encourage rock enthusiasts to send their samples for testing at GTK’s layman’s samples office. Each sample we receive gives us valuable data on the bedrock we live on, and the locations of possibly valuable minerals. All it takes to win is to send in a good sample!
Samples of ore, industrial minerals, construction stones and gemstones are all accepted to participate in the layman’s sample competition. The total size of the prize pool is €15,000. The prizes by ranking are: 1st prize €4,000, 2nd prize €3,000, and 3rd prize €1,500. The prizes for the young sample senders’ category (under 16) are 1st prize €1,000, 2nd prize €500 and 3rd prize €250. The remainder of the total prize pool will be divided to prizes of €500–€100, which are awarded according to the quality and significance of the samples received. The final prize amounts are decided annually by the GTK according to the amount and quality of the samples received that year. Evaluation criteria for the samples include location – whether the sample is found in area the GTK is already interested in and researching, or if the area is a new discovery or if it has restrictions – the quality of the sample and its analysis results, and whether the sample was taken from a boulder or bedrock, among other things.
Samples taken by hired contractors, from locations already being investigated or that have previously been sent to other similar competitions are excluded from the layman’s sample competition. The prizes can be awarded for samples that provide valuable new data on a previously studied area.
See the Instructions tab on this website for instructions on delivering samples https://kivinayte.gtk.fi/en/instructions/. If you wish to include your sample in the young senders’ category, please include this information in your parcel.
Currently GTK’s main interests in the research of raw material deposits in the Finnish bedrock lie in battery minerals, and a four-year project was recently launched to research and map out Finland’s battery mineral reserves. The project specifically focuses on researching and mapping deposits of lithium, cobalt and graphite. Bedrock and geophysical terrain surveys, research on the moraine geochemistry and deep drilling are all currently conducted at selected locations. We invite all amateur geologists to send us more samples that can be analysed and studied for potential battery mineral discoveries. Battery mineral samples will also be prioritised when evaluating samples for the layman’s sample competition.