Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Student Dynamic Map Competition

                The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) is sponsoring the 13th Annual Student Dynamic Map Competition to promote cartographic excellence and innovation in this versatile medium. This competition aims to award student achievement in dynamic mapping in two categories:
  • A narrative map presents information in a way that communicates a story, cause or message.
  • An interactive map provides tools that may be used for navigation, location-based services, or exploratory geovisualization. 
          The rules for the competition are simple:
  • There is no entry fee and your map must be publicly accessible online through October 31, 2011. 
  • Students may enter as many times as they wish, but may only win one prize.
  • Up to four students may enter the same project. 
  • Judges reserve the right to change an entry's category if they feel it is more appropriate. 
  • Entries must be submitted by Friday September 16, 2011. 
  • URLs pointing to all contest entries must be active through October 31, 2011. 
  • Any student enrolled in a certificate program, undergraduate, or graduate/post-graduate program in any country who has not previously won first prize in either of the categories from this contest may enter.

Each map will be judged by a panel of three professional cartographers. The winners will be announced (and demonstrated) during this year's NACIS annual meeting in Madison, WI. The winners will also be announced in the following issue of Cartographic Perspectives. A first prize of $500 will be awarded to the best narrative map and best interactive map. At the discretion of the judges, additional noteworthy maps may receive an honorable mention award. All first place and honorable mention maps will receive award certificates.

You can register for the contest here. So all students out there, put on your mapping caps and gear up for two (find the details of the other mapping contest here.) exciting map contests this season.