Annual Conference Map and Poster Competition

Annual Conference Map and Poster Competition

It is always fun and interesting to see what others have been working on in the past year. The Map and Poster Competition is a great opportunity to share your best work with others who appreciate quality cartography and innovation. Awards will be presented for the best entries in each category in addition to Best Student, People’s Choice, and President’s Choice.

***All entries MUST include a hard copy and digital version.***
***Please bring your hard copy to the poster registration table.***
***No printing facilities are available at the conference.****
***A map can only be entered in one category.***


  • Base Map: very useful, complete, documented, not flashy map showing your data
  • Small Format Map: any size B or smaller (17” x 11”); any theme; any scale or extent
  • Thematic Map: must have great cartography – design, layout, labeling, annotation, color and appeal for a purpose
  • Map Poster: informative, eye-catching, colorful, interesting (not just a map; tells a story)
  • Black and White Map: any format and theme, but no hue… a special problem in design
  • Brochure: any format and theme, used for public information or marketing purposes
  • Map Book or Atlas: must be a bound and easy-to-use map series for any theme
  • Most Unique: unconventional, creative presentation, unique subject and/or materials
  • Interactive Web-Based Mapping Site: provide URL (due 2/10 at midnight for pre-judging).  Category Closed.

Key Dates:

September 15, 2016 – February 21, 2017
Online poster registration open – ONLINE REGISTRATION

February 10, 2017.
Submission deadline for interactive web-based mapping category

February 21, 2017
Online registration closes; after online registration closes fill out this FORM and bring a copy to the poster registration table at the conference.

February 23, 2017 (8 am – 11 am)
On-site poster registration open