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 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.

Earth Observation Challenge

DigitalGlobe has teamed up with the  European Space Agency (ESA) in order to organize The Earth Observation Challenge. This online challenge turns massive data into groundbreaking solutions that will serve to support disaster relief in developing areas.

Participants will get to identify & map water resources in developing countries and identify urban change to help mitigate social and environmental risk using DigitalGlobe’s Library & ESA’s Sentinel 2 Data. The prizes include 10k€ in cash and a possibility to develop one’s project with ESA.

The deadline for Round 1 is May 22, 2018.  Visit: The Earth Observation Challenge

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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