GIS and Map Contests Roundup


Map and GIS data competitions are a great way to promote geospatial work and receive industry recognition.  Geospatial competitions range from both paper and digital map contests as well as contests designed to showcase the potential of different types of spatial data.  Here are current map and GIS related competitions listed in order of the competition deadline.

To submit a map or GIS contest to this list, please fill out the form below the list.

2018 Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

The GeoTech Center is pleased to announce the 2018 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition! The intent of the competition is to showcase the geospatial technology skills of U.S. undergraduate students. Competing students will create a project that utilizes geospatial technology to address a real-world problem. The student will then present the project and the resulting deliverables as a Poster that not only highlights their use of geospatial technology, but also demonstrates their communication and presentation skills.

Submission Deadline: April 20, 2018 at 1pm eastern.

Visit: 2018 Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

9th Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest at Boston College

Boston College students are invited to present their GIS mapping work as part of a campus-wide celebration of geospatial research at Boston College.  Prizes will be awarded to the top student entries which will be displayed in the O’Neill Library lobby area on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018.

Visit: Finding Spatial Data for Mapping (GIS) : BC Libraries Contest


Contest guidelines and poster instructions are on the submission form.
URL:  Contest deadline: April 6th, 2018

Li360 Data Duel

The Duel is designed for you to show off your analytic and cartographic skills, and what you can achieve with our class-leading data catalog. We recently opened the Pitney Bowes Software and Data Marketplace which makes it easy to explore and sample the catalog, so we encourage you to pull down as much data as you like and start experimenting.  Sample datasets are available for San Francisco, Toronto, Sydney and Reading (UK) – use any to develop your project and add any other data you like. Create a visualization in MapInfo or one of our other GIS tools (Maps not required for the contest).  The contest will close on April 25, 2018. Visit: Data Duel Competition.  

Esri Storytelling with Maps

Each entry must make use of one of the Esri Story Maps apps. The story map may be hosted anywhere, including by Esri, but the code must originate from an Esri Story Maps app.  Visit: Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest.  Entries must be received by May 7, 2018, 5pm PDT.

NACIS Student Map and Poster Competition

Students who’d like to display their works at NACIS 2018 should register for the Student Map and Poster Competition. We encourage all students to submit their maps and cartography-related technical/research posters for a chance at one of two $500 prizes!
There are two competition categories: cartographic design quality and cartographic research quality. There is no entry fee. All entrants will be displayed in the Map Gallery, and the winners will be selected by a ballot of all meeting attendees.

NACIS Student Dynamic Map Competition

NACIS recognizes the importance of dynamic mapping in cartography. We are sponsoring the 19th Annual Student Dynamic Map Competition to promote excellence and innovation in interactive cartography.
There are two competition categories: individual projects and group projects.
Each map will be judged by a panel of three professional cartographers. The winners will be announced (and demonstrated) during the 2018 NACIS annual meeting in Norfolk.

2018 Ristow Prize

The Ristow Prize encourages young scholars in the field of the history of cartography by recognizing outstanding papers. The competition is open to full- or part-time undergraduate, graduate and first-year post-doctoral students attending accredited colleges and universities anywhere in the world. The winner of the best paper submitted will receive a cash award of $1000, a one-year membership in the Washington Map Society, and publication of the work in The Portolan, the Society’s journal. Submissions are due June 1, 2018.

Comprehensive information, including a list of prior winners of the Prize, may be found on the Washington Map Society’s website at

CaGIS Annual Map Design Competition

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society is pleased to announce our 46th Annual Map Design Competition. The competition is open to all mapmakers for maps completed or published during the calendar year (2018). Students are particularly encouraged to apply for the award sponsored by Avenza (makers of MAPublisher). Applicants submit to the applicable categories within either the Student Competition or the Professional Competition.  Submit your entry by January 31, 2019 (All submissions must be received by this date). URL for more information:

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