GISP Poster Contest

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How creative can you get in mapping out all GISPs?  The  2nd Annual GISCI Poster Contest  is now open for entrants.  Download the Excel spreadsheet listing almost 5,000 GISP and starting geocoding.   GISCI (GIS Certification Institute) is the group that administers GISP certification (GISP stands for Geographic Information Systems Professional).

Posters are due April 15th.  A committee will select the top twelve posters from which a panel of judges will award the first, second, and third prizes.  The geospatial public will be invited to vote on the “People’s Choice” award.  A list of all contest rules is available from the GISCI site  in PDF format.

Posters will be judged based on:

  • Accuracy – grammar, punctuation, spelling
  • Design/Layout – logical organization and visual flow of text and graphics
  • Legibility – text font, text size, figures, tables, and graphics
  • Visual Appeal – color coordination, geometry, accents, highlights, use of symbology
  • Effective communication – understandable and concise
  • Effective use of Geographic Information – appropriate use and portrayal of spatial data
  • Originality – unique presentation

The prizes:

  • 1st $500, 2nd $250, 3rd $100, People’s Choice $500 and Honorable Mentions.
  • Each winner (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and People’s Choice) will also have their initial certification fee waived if the application is submitted within one year of the date the winners are announced.  Current GISPs will have their renewal fees waived at their next recertification date.
  • Map submittal earns / qualifies for 1 point under the Contribution to the Profession category.

The finalists from last year’s inaugural contest area viewable here.  Last year’s winner was Christopher Behee who’s winning entry is below.

Map of GIS Professionals Around the World by Chris Behee, 2011.
Map of GIS Professionals Around the World by Chris Behee, 2011.

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