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.

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:

Mapping Grand Canyon Conference Map Competition

The Arizona State University Library’s Map and Geospatial Hub is excited to announce the map competition as part of the inaugural Spring 2019 Mapping Grand Canyon Conference. We invite students currently enrolled in a certificate, undergraduate or graduate program to submit their original cartographic work. The competition will feature three (3) categories: Best Artistic Map, Best Data Driven Map (static) and Best Data Driven Map (dynamic). There is no entry fee. All maps will be displayed at the Mapping Grand Canyon conference on February 28 – March 1, 2019. Winners will be announced at the conference. Top place winners in each category will win a $100 Amazon gift card, an original 3D printed trophy of an area of the Grand Canyon, a certificate of achievement, and cartographic bragging rights.

Visit the Mapping Grand Canyon Conference Map Competition website for full eligibility and submission rules, judging criteria, and prize info.

Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019.

2019 Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

The GeoTech Center is pleased to announce the 2019 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.

The competition is software neutral.
The winners will be awarded registration, travel and accommodations to the 2019 GeoEd Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The winners will also present their posters at this conference.
Due March 8th at 1pm eastern.

There will be 3 to 4 winners. It is anticipated that two (2) of the student finalists will be from two-year colleges and one to two from four-year institutions. The exact split will depend upon the number of students who enter the competition and the quality of the work submitted (judges also reserve the right to invite fewer student finalists). There will also be a prize for the best Open Source GIS project given by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.

More information: 2019 Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

Rumsey Map Center / CA Map Society Essay Competition

The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students in California that use the Center’s or any of Stanford University’s maps in a substantive way.

Submission Deadline: 9 AM  PST on March 11, 2019
Winner Notification: the winner will be notified the week of April 8, 2019.
Winner Paper Presentation: May 10, 2019 – Rumsey Map Center and May 11, 2019 – Southern California location.

For competition rules, submission guidelines and links, please visit this page.

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.

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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