This year, we are once again giving contestants the opportunity to create a GISP location map!

The topic and style are up to you!


2019 Map Contest Winners:



1st Place:    Roust, Amy                Alien Abduction

2nd Place:   Powers, Olesya       GISPs Who Have Passed the Test

3rd Place:    Bagtas, Lemual J    GISP Locations



People's Choice -  Denise Wright  GISP Certifications Map



Voting for People's Choice Awards will remain open until Sept 30, 2019.   To vote for your choice, please send an email to  

info@gisci.org    with 2019 Map Contest - Peoples Choice in the Subject   and the name of your choice in the body.   



Only one vote per person.




2019 Map Contest Entries


Lemuel John Bagtas         GISP Locations


Robert Erickson                  MAGA Map

Bobbi Johnson                   Certified GIS Professionals 2019



Olesya Powers                   GISPs Who Have Passed the Test

Amy Roust                            Alien Abduction

Negrete Silver                     NC GIS Professionals

Bekah Smigh                      Treasure Adventure

Denise Wright                     GISP Certifications Map


Current Data from the GISP Registry is available for download here:



GISP Registry


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


Submission Time Frame:  Submission is open through the end of March 2019.  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 2019 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, due to copyright and permission restrictions.

Maps produced for the contest need not be produced with any particular software.   However, for those potential winners who would like to have their maps given highest consideration the Esri UC, we recommend the use of Esri ArcGIS products, as Esri is partial to maps produced on their platform.

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.



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


 Submit map files and submission form to bhodge@gisci.org and use 'Map Contest 2019' in the subject line.


2019 Map Contest Submission Form (download here)