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2016 GISP Map Contest

Judging Results:

Anne Davis, 1st Place & People's Choice:                FL - A Decade of Growth in the 21st Century

Olivia DeSimone, 2nd Place                                          Retirement Communities

Carrie Wiley, 3rd Place                                                 Salton Sea     

Other entries:

Charles Altendorf                       Growth in Agriculture

Justin Cole                                 Changes in the Pine Barrens

Kelsey McNary                           Land Use Change in SC

People Choice Awards were open for voting through the month of August.   


This year, we chose to focus on change. The challenge is to utilize the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) to tell a story about change. Perhaps it will be about habitat loss, or maybe it will be about urban growth - whatever story you choose to tell, it must be supported by analysis of two or more years in NLCD and you must include the numbers in the map. We’ve seen a lot of pretty maps over the years; now we want to see some hard-hitting analysis to support the pretty picture.

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

 Submission Time Frame: March 1 to 31, 2016 – Log onto the GISCI online portal to post files and the required submission form.

2016 Map Contest Submission Form


  • 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 Portfolio Review and Application fee waived if the application is submitted within one year of the date the winners are announced.  Current winning GISPs will have their renewal fees waived at their next recertification date. This waiver does not include examination fees.
  •   Map submittal earns / qualifies for 1 point under the Contribution to the Profession category.   

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.
  • 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.
  •  Entries without metadata will be disqualified.     

Map Specifications

                Format - PDF

                Map Size - 11x17"                   

                Image File Size Limit - 5 MB Max


 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

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Send entries as an email attachment to:    Use Map Contest 2016 in the subject line.