2018 Map Contest

2018 GISCI Map Contest

2018 Winners:

1st Place - Kristy Primeau

2nd Place - Ahmed, Shibbir

3rd Place - Aly DeGraff Ollivierre

People's Choice - Louis Hill

People's Choice - Voting for People's Choice Awards will remain open until Oct 15, 2018.   To vote for your choice, please send an email to  

info@gisci.org    with 2018 Map Contest - Peoples Choice in the Subect   and the name of your choice in the body.   

Only one vote per person.


2018 Entries:

Ahmed, Shabbir               IAH Impervious

Jason Azar                     NYU's East Village

Esther Mandeno            UCB Hill Campus Annual Work Map

Aly DeGraff Ollivierre     SLR in the Eastern Caribbean

Kristy Primeau               Archeoacoustics of the Anasazi Landscape

Patrick Ricker                The Wetlands of Ponce Inlet  

Amy Roust                      Key Food Sources   

Hill, Louis                        The Surveys of E.D. Calvin in the Territory of Alaska (1914-1940)

Sinsabaugh, Kate         Locations of the Adirondack's 46 Highest Peaks & Land Use Development Plan

This year, we are once again giving contestants the opportunity to 'roll their own' maps!

The topic and style are up to you!


Who may enter: Eligibility is open to all except the judging team.


Submission Time Frame:  Submission is open through the end of March 2018.  Only one entry per contestant will be accepted.



1st $250, 2nd $150, 3rd $100, People’s Choice $250 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 for first-time GISP applicants.

The top three entries will be entered and displayed in the Esri 2018 UC in San Diego.


Map Contest Rules:

Only one entry is allowed per person.

Use of any software is allowed to create image with the exception of online map portals such as

Google Maps or Bing Maps are not allowed, due to copyright and permission restrictions.

Winner’s names will be published on the GISCI website.

Winners will be required to provide a release to use their map image.

All entries will need to submit metadata in a FGDC compliant format in either an html or text format.

The metadata shall include what software products were used, full metadata for all data sources, and a brief description

of the methodology that was used to create the map.

Submit map files and submission form to bhodge@gisci and use Map Contest 2018 in the subject line.


Map Specifications:

Format - PDF

Map Size – 11” x 17”

Image File Size Limit – no greater than 5mb


Judging Criteria:

The Outreach Committee will determine the Top 3. In addition the Top 12 will be open to on-line voting

where the public will select the People’s Choice.


Criteria Elements:

Each element will be weighted the same with a maximum number of 5 points per element


    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

2018 Map Contest Submission Form (download here)