2022 Map Contest

2022 Map Contest Entries


Professional Entries

Bacon, Greg Pimmit Run Streambank Erosion Volume Calculations and Visualization
Bari, Masood Spatial Mapping Of Road Network Analysis
Berg, Kate NHL Teams and their AHL Affiliates
Brookfield, Parker Top 25 Hiking Trails: Oahu
Darwin, Mark Greetings from Raleigh, NC
Dieg, Melanie Where is the Party Block?
Dillon, Jackie Town of Apex Pavement Management
Fisher, Benjamin Reisner Lake
Francis, Tia Public Transit Disparities, Durham, NC
Gregory, Sam Vector Nautical Charts
Lacy, James Laser Cut Land Cover Map of Wisconsin
Leslie, Ben Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Piracy
Martin, YoLani Nollywood: Behind the Scenes of Nigerian Cinema
Monk, Vernika Different Perspectives of Elevated Terrain
Northouse, Bryan New Franchise Submmission to Iowa Utilities Board
Shoemaker, Amanda 1970 Tidal Wetlands Digitizing Project
Smith, Antonio American Censi 
Stow, Daniel Wheat & Unrest
Symington, Adam Visualising the World's Shipping Lanes and Flight Paths
Walker, Katie The Deportation of International Adoptees

Student Entries

Banerjee, Sinchan Drainage Map of Bhima River
Cham, Colin The San Francisco Fear Map
Gerig, Matt Ivery Clifton Memorial Park with trail 
Huang, Mingrui The Distribution of Bombing Missions During the Vietnam War
Ingram, Glenn Seventy Years of Canadian Wildfire
Goh, Nicholas &  Earn, Kyai Johor Populatin Density Map 2020
Goh, Nicholas &  Earn, Kyai The State Of Johor, Malaysia
Liu, Nianhua 2.5D map in Shenzhen
Yilin, Zicheng & Lyu, Zhao Visualization of Common Bird Species and Behaviour in Philadelphia
Mohammedain, Mustafa Darfur Damaged and Destroyed Villages
Saifulhaq, Ridho When Location Determines the Future
Saleem, Shahzaib Thematic map of Rotterdam
Sundy, Benjamin Draft Design of Mission Valley Highway Improvements
Tan, Yi Pin Ecotourism Destinations in Peninsular Malaysia
Thakur, Vinaya 'Raining' the picture



2022 GIS Certification Institute Map Contest

Submissions now closed!


GISCI hosts an annual map competition inviting members of the GIS community to submit and share a map of their creation.

The subject matter, style, and choice of platform/tools are entirely up to you. Showcase your cartographic creativity!

Who can enterWe welcome everyone from the GIS community to participate from students to seasoned professionals. We are offering two contest divisions, one for students (undergraduate and graduate) and one for professionals. Those on the judging team for the contest cannot enter.

Map specifications for entries

  • Use of any software is allowed to create your map with the exception of online map portals such as Google Maps or Bing Maps, due to copyright and permission restrictions.
  • File size cannot exceed 16 mb. 
  • Map submissions should be in PDF format, with a minimum size of 11”x17” and maximum size of 36"x48" (Architectural E).
  • All entries will need to submit a list of data sources and a brief description of the methodology that was used to create the map.

Prizes: There are TWO competitions, one for students and one for professionals. Both offer the same prizes:

  • 1st Place:  $250

  • 2nd Place: $150

  • 3rd Place:  $100

Additionally, each award winner will have fees waived related to their GISP certification!

  • First-time GISP applicants: your initial application fee and portfolio review fee will be waived when submitted (a $200 value)
  • Current GISPs: your renewal fees will be waived at your next recertification date (a $285 value)

And don't forget that your map submission for the contest qualifies for points under the Contribution to the Profession category in your GISP Portfolio!

Maps produced for the contest do not need to be produced with any particular software, but do note that for those who use Esri products and place 1st-3rd, their maps will be entered and displayed at the Esri User Conference. 

Entry DeadlineSubmission is open through April 30, 2022.  Only one entry per contestant will be accepted. 

Judging Criteria: The GISCI Outreach Committee will determine the top 3 in each contest. Each of the following elements will be weighted the same with a maximum score of 5 points awarded 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

Map Contest Rules:

  • Only one entry is allowed per person.
  • Maps and Winner’s names will be published on the GISCI website.
  • Winners will be required to provide a release to use their map image.

Ready to Enter? Use the 2022 GISCI Map Contest Submission Form

Check out previous competition winners!

2020 GISCI Map Competition Winner: Louis Hill - "Change is the Only Constant"