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.

My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition

The California Geographic Alliance is pleased to announce the 3rd annual “My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition”. This exciting statewide opportunity encourages middle (4th-8th grade) and high school (9th-12th grade) students to harness the power of Geographic Information Systems and get connected with their state by producing an online map that focuses on stories, issues, or ideas that are important to them.

Schools may register for the competition at:

  • For schools who would like to participate in the mentoring program, registrations are due before midnight on Friday, February 1, 2019. If available, GIS professionals will provide feedback on students’ projects.
  • The regular registration deadline is midnight on Friday, March 15, 2019.

For the detailed contest rules and judging criteria, go here.

M.App Madness

Hexagon Geospatial has a new contest open to academics to build an interactive map view using its Feature Analyze.  To participate in M.App Madness and get free access to Feature Analyzer for the duration of the contest, complete the contest form:  For more details about the contest, including steps for building a Feature Analyzer View, M.App Madness judging criteria, and examples of Analyzer Views and training materials, check out Hexagon Geospatial’s recent blog post.  The deadline for submissions and changes to your Feature Analyzer View is 11:59 pm CDT on April 30, 2019.

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.

Sentinel Hub Custom Scripts Contest

We at Sentinel Hub, together with our data partners, the Copernicus EU Earth Observation programme and the European Space Agency, are looking for new and innovative ideas and scripts. Do you think you have what it takes to write a useful custom script for the EO Browser? Then take part in our Custom Script Contest. You can hand in up to three different scripts either as a single author or as a representative of a group. We strongly encourage the participation of students, be it a university or high school.

How to participate?

  1. All scripts must run within the Sentinel Hub EO Browser.
  2. All scripts have to be handed in as text files until May 5th 2019 (23:59 CET) . Together with the script, you have to hand in a description on what your script can be used for and explain how it is achieving that. In case your script is based on other people’s work make sure to include the necessary citations and links to relevant papers. Submit your scripts here
  3. By handing in a script you confirm to be the sole author(s) of the script and to have the necessary rights to do so.
  4. Every single participant or group can hand in up to three scripts, however, not more than one script per category is allowed.
  5. All entries must be licensed under the Creative Commons BY license, so they can be added to the custom scripts repository and be used freely by all.

2019 Global YouthMappers Challenge

YouthMappers and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) invite YouthMappers to participate in the 2019 Global YouthMappers Challenge in support of International Women’s Day. Student members of YouthMappers chapters who currently are and will be enrolled full-time in September 2019 at an institution of higher education with a YouthMappers chapter in good standing* are welcome to apply. Finalists will receive funding to attend the 2019 HOT Summit and the State of the Map Conference taking place in Heidelberg, Germany from September 19 – 23.

Apply for the 2019 YouthMappers Global Challenge here: The Global YouthMappers Challenge will end on Sunday, June 2. All map edits and application documents must be completed and submitted by midnight Local Time. All winners will be announced via email no later than June 30. Inquiries may be directed to

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