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Avenza Map Competition 2021

Have you designed a beautiful map that is worthy of showing? Enter our map competition for a chance to compete against other cartographers and mapping professionals and have your work featured in our map gallery. The competition consists of two categories: Open and Student, with two sets of exciting prizes. The deadline for submissions is November 19 (5pm EST), 2021.

Maps from all industries are encouraged to enter. Some of the various map themes are (but are not limited to): thematic, topographic, recreation and tourism, land and asset management, planning and design, natural resources, health care, analysis, education, economic and commerce, and public safety.

 

  • Competition opens: September 22nd 2021
  • Submission deadline: November 19th 2021, 5:00 pm EST
  • Winner announcement: December 2021.

 

  1. The “Open” category will accept entries from anyone (Participants of all skill levels, industries, and experience may submit). 
  2. Collaborative maps (projects created by a team rather than an individual) are allowed. Secondary authors should be listed in the “contributors” section of the submission form. 
  3. It is the responsibility of the primary applicant to distribute any potential winnings among team members.
  4. The cartographic work in these maps must be the original work of the Entrant (and secondary contributors if applicable). The data must be appropriately cited. 
  5. Maps will be accepted in digital format, PDF, PNG, and JPG/JPEG. Resolution for digital files should be high resolution (150 DPI minimum recommended). Please keep file sizes to a maximum of 100MB.
  6. Maps submissions must be developed using Avenza software. Other software may be used to supplement map creation, but Avenza software must be a significant component.
  7. Multiple entries are allowed from the same person, however, each entry must be entirely distinct from each other (i.e do not submit multiple maps from the same project/map series). 
  8. Winning entries may be used in marketing materials/promotional images by Sponsor or its agents. Entrants must accept terms of release prior to submission. At a minimum, a web gallery of winning maps will be created to display winners and runner-up entries on the Avenza websites.

 

  1. Competition is only open to students (Post Secondary and Graduate level) at a recognized Academic Institution/University/College. 
  2. Collaborative maps (projects created by a team rather than an individual) are allowed. Secondary authors should be listed in the “contributors” section of the submission form. Secondary contributors must adhere to the same eligibility guidelines as the Entrant (i.e they must also be a student). It is the responsibility of the primary Entrant to distribute any potential winnings among team members
  3. Submissions in this category must come from a current student or student who has graduated in the same calendar year 
  4. The cartographic work in these maps must be the original work of the Entrant (and secondary contributors if applicable). The data must be appropriately cited.
  5. Map projects conducted under the supervision of a professor are accepted as long as the actual map creation was performed by the student(s).
  6. Maps will be accepted in digital format, PDF, PNG, and JPG/JPEG. Resolution for digital files should be high resolution (150 DPI minimum recommended). Please keep file sizes to a maximum of 100MB.
  7. Maps submissions must be developed using Avenza Software (other software may be used to supplement map creation, but Avenza software must be a significant component)
  8. Winning entries may/will be used in Marketing materials/promotional images by Sponsor or its agents. Entrants must accept terms of release prior to submission. At a minimum, a web gallery of winning maps will be created to display winners and runner-up entries on the Avenza websites.
  9. Student winners will be asked to contribute to a blog post documenting their winning map, and their use of Avenza Software. Contribution to this article will be required for student winners.

 

Judges are to be appointed by the Avenza Systems team. Judging will be conducted by professional cartographers, map-making professionals, and other members of the Avenza team. For each map submission, judges will primarily assess the following categories:

  • Visual quality
  • Creativity
  • Design effectiveness
  • Map clarity

Employees and representatives of Avenza are not eligible to enter the competition. Avenza reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants.

 

Applicants may submit multiple entries, but they can only win a single prize. Collaborative projects are accepted, but any secondary contributors should adhere to the eligibility requirements for the respective competition category (I.e collaborative projects entered in the student competition must come from a team consisting entirely of students). It is the responsibility of the primary Entrant to distribute any potential winnings among team members.

  • Open Category: Cash prize
    1st Place: $1000 USD
    Runner-up: $500 USD
  • Student Category: Cash prize and Avenza software
    1st Place: $400 USD + Avenza Mapping Software License for 1 Year (MAPublisher and Geographic Imager)
    Runner-up: Avenza Mapping Software License for 1 Year (MAPublisher and Geographic Imager)
  • Honourable Mentions
    A selection of honourable mentions will be curated from each category. These entries will be featured on the web page in the map gallery

How to enter

Complete the submission form and upload your map here.

For full details see the Official Rules or download the Official Rules PDF.

Please send any questions to mapcompetition@avenza.com. Winners will be notified in December 2021.

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