GIS and Map Contests

Caitlin Dempsey


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.

NACIS Student Map Competition

The North American Cartography Information Society (NACIS) is hosting its 24th annual map competition. Eligible students are invited to submit entries to either the print map and poster competition or the dynamic map competition. There are two categories for dynamic maps: individual projects and group projects. For the map and poster competition there are three categories: cartographic design quality and cartographic research quality.

Deadline: August 31, 2023

For more information about entering: Student Dynamic Map Competition and Map and Poster Competition

RCMRD Map Competition 2023

25 countries in Africa are participating in the RCMRD Map Competition. Map entries can be any theme relating to “Environmental and Biodiversity Conservation Efforts.” There are three categories: school, professional, and overall winner.

Deadline: September 30, 2023

For more information about entering: RCMRD Map Competition 2023

Avenza Map Contest 2023

The Avenza Map Contest is inviting cartographers who have created maps using their software to submit entries. The top prize is a $500 USD Amazon gift card. Winning maps will be featured in the Avenza map gallery.

Deadline: October 31, 2023

For more information about entering: Avenza Map Contest 2023

CaGIS Map Design Competition

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society hosts an annual competition for both student and professional competitors.

For both categories, the central aspect of the competition is design, meaning that the evaluation is grounded in cartographic design principles. These include elements like originality, textual accuracy (including spelling and grammar), harmony, coherence, visual prioritization, lucidity, effective use of color, and relevance of the subject matter.

Deadline: January 31, 2024

For more information about entering: Map Design Competition

Submit a Map or GIS Competition

If you have a map or GIS competition that you would like to see listed here, please fill out the form below.

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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.

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