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.

Esri Student Poster Competition with ISI World Statistics Congress

Esri will donate free software to students who qualify to compete in the 2018–2019 International Statistical Institute (ISI)/Esri Student Poster Competition. The competition aims to promote the integration of statistical and geospatial data, encourage location-based thinking, and inspire curiosity around geographic patterns and relationships.

Applicants of the contest must be enrolled as full-time students at a university. Teams can propose an abstract for a poster that displays the ways that statistical data and location intelligence can demonstrate issues involving the economy, the environment, crime, transportation, climate, urban planning, land use or cover, sustainable development, health, and disasters. Licenses of Esri’s ArcGIS software will be donated to student groups selected to use in the competition for its duration.

The application deadline for the 2018–2019 ISI/Esri Student Poster Competition is November 30, 2018. For more details about the competition and to submit your poster, visit

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:

Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition

The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a biennial map drawing competition for children. It was created by the International Cartographic Association in 1993 as a memorial for Barbara Petchenik, a past Vice president of the ICA and cartographer who had a lifelong interest in maps for children. The aim of the contest is to promote the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

The competition is organized every two years. In a national round in all participating ICA member countries, the national winners are selected, which are exhibited during the International Cartographic Conference, where the international winners are selected. For more detailed information about the competition, please check out the resources available on this page and/or on the ICA website of the International Cartographic Association (, the Commission on Cartography and Children ( or their Facebook profile (

The deadline for the participation in the contest is 1 May 2019.

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