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.

Map Ramsey Center Paper Award

The California Map Society (CMS) is a founding friend of the David Rumsey Map Center. As partners, the Society will underwrite and facilitate the jurying and awarding of a Student Paper Award. In addition, the Map Center hosts one of their bi-annual meetings every other year; we hosted the first one in June 2016. In addition, under partnership and sponsorship of the Society, we will be hosting an annual lecture at the Center. This academic year, the speaker event is scheduled to April 5, 2017 at Stanford; April 6th and 7th would in San Diego and Los Angeles.

Submission Deadline: 9 AM PST on January 15, 2018


Visit: California Map Society

Atlas of Design Vol. 4

“The Atlas of Design is dedicated to showing off some of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing cartographic design. Every two years, we publish a new volume of full-color maps, selected from worldwide competition and judged by an expert panel. We will begin accepting submissions for Volume 4 through February 4, 2018“.  Visit:

WLIA Map and Poster Competition

The Wisconsin Land Information Association Map and Poster Competition is a great opportunity to share your best work with others who appreciate quality cartography and innovation. Awards will be presented for the best entries in each category in addition to special awards.

November 1, 2017 – March 6, 2018
Online poster registration

February 23, 2018.
Submission deadline for interactive map categories.

More: WLIA Map and Poster Competition

My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition

The California Geographic Alliance is pleased to announce the 2nd 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 2, 2018. If available, GIS professionals will provide feedback on students’ projects.
  • The regular registration deadline is midnight on Friday, March 16, 2018.

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

Submit a Map or GIS Competition

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