Grand Canyon map competition

Students are invited to submit their original cartographic work to the Grand Canyon student map competition. Three categories of cartographic production will be considered.

Download the Grand Canyon Map Competition Flyer [pdf format]

Best Artistic Map

The competition for Best Artistic Map of the Grand Canyon recognizes achievement in cartographic representation through the innovative visual expression of geographic ideas, forms, and concepts. In particular, this category encourages experimental map-making practices not typically associated with navigational or data-driven cartographic forms. Outcomes will likely emphasize aesthetic and conceptual concerns and might be subjective and/or non-representational in form. Artistic maps may incorporate any form of physical and/or digital media; judging and public display of artistic maps will utilize the artist’s provided digital image of the finished work.

Prizes

Top place winners in each category will win -- at a minimum -- a $100 Amazon gift card, a certificate of achievement, and cartographic bragging rights. 

Eligibility and rules

  • Open to students currently enrolled in a certificate, undergraduate or graduate program

  • Individual submissions only (no group submissions)

  • Limit one submission per person

  • All entries submitted must be original cartographic products (data sources must be documented)

  • Map entry must be in its finished state

Judging criteria

Eligible submissions to the Best Artistic Map of the Grand Canyon region will be judged along the following criteria:

  • uses innovation and creativity to create a unique visual expression

  • conveys a message through use of artistic/design strategies and media

  • explores an idea not typically associated with a traditional/functional map

  • expresses the artist's individual voice through concept, form, and materials

Deadline

Submissions must be made by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019

How to submit

To submit your original cartographic production for consideration in the Best Artistic category of the Grand Canyon Map Competition, please complete the forthcoming web form (coming January 2019), which will allow you to upload a digital image of your piece (image submissions must be minimum 300 dpi and max 3840 px wide by 2160 px tall.

Please provide a short (max 200 words) descriptive statement that provides information relevant to your map submission, including purpose of your map, how it may be used, what is the target audience, how was it created, what media were used, etc.

In addition to the descriptive statement, be prepared to provide the following information with your submission:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Student Status
  • Name of Institution
  • Title of Piece
  • Media

Judges

Contact

Have questions about the Grand Canyon Map Competition? Send a note to mapgeo@asu.edu.

Best Data Driven Map (static)

The competition for Best Data Driven Map of the Grand Canyon (Static) recognizes achievement in cartographic representation through creative, effective, beautiful, and insightful integration and of geospatial data. The term "static" refers to the type of cartographic output produced. Static maps are produced as stand-alone images and delivered as digital image files. The map must be analytical in nature and integrate data.

Prizes

Top place winners in each category will win -- at a minimum -- a $100 Amazon gift card, a certificate of achievement, and cartographic bragging rights. 

Eligibility and rules

  • Open to students currently enrolled in a certificate, undergraduate or graduate program

  • Individual submissions only (no group submissions)

  • Limit one submission per person

  • All entries submitted must be original cartographic products (data sources must be documented)

  • Map entry must be in its finished state

  • Entries must focus on some aspect of the Grand Canyon

  • Integration and analysis of data must be a main component of the map

Judging criteria

Eligible submissions to the Best Data-Driven Static Map of the Grand Canyon region will be judged along the following criteria:

  • Content: Is the map rich in information? Could someone looking at the map gain new insights about the Canyon?

  • Content: Does the author use reliable data sources? Are the data sources used well-documented?

  • Visual impact: Does the map have artistic merit? Does its appearance support a clear understanding of what’s represented?

  • Cartographic design: Is the map composed so that the elements are easily visualized, balanced and not distracting? Do the map’s layout, symbol design, and text design support its content?

  • Concept and originality: How innovative is this map? Are there many other maps just like it?

  • Theme: Does the map effectively communicate the intended theme?

Deadline

Submissions must be made by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019

How to submit

To submit your original cartographic production for consideration in the Best Data Driven (static) category of the Grand Canyon Map Competition, please complete the forthcoming web form (coming January 2019), which will allow you to upload your file (map submissions must be no larger than 36” tall x 48 wide”).

Please provide a short (max 200 words) descriptive statement that provides information relevant to your map submission, including purpose of your map, how it may be used, what is the target audience, how was it created, etc.

In addition to the descriptive statement, be prepared to provide the following information with your submission:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Student Status
  • Name of Institution
  • Map Title

Judges

Contact

Have questions about the Grand Canyon Map Competition? Send a note to mapgeo@asu.edu.

Best Data Driven Map (dynamic)

The competition for Best Data Driven Map of the Grand Canyon (dynamic) recognizes achievement in cartographic representation through creative, effective, beautiful, and insightful uses of geospatial data. The integration of data should be a key component of the project. Dynamic maps are produced as interactive applications that can take many formats, including web-based, tablet or mobile devices. It may be an infographic (or story map) where maps are a key component or may be a single map.

Prizes

Top place winners in each category will win -- at a minimum -- a $100 Amazon gift card, a certificate of achievement, and cartographic bragging rights. 

Eligibility and rules

  • Open to students currently enrolled in a certificate, undergraduate or graduate program

  • Individual submissions only (no group submissions)

  • Limit one submission per person

  • All entries submitted must be original cartographic products (data sources must be documented)

  • Map entry must be in its finished state

  • Map should contain an interactive element(s) and not be static

  • Entries must focus on some aspect of the Grand Canyon

  • Integration and analysis of data must be a main component of the map

Judging criteria

Eligible submissions to the Best Data Driven (dynamic) map of the Grand Canyon region will be judged along the following criteria:

  • Content:  Is the map rich in information? Could someone looking at the map gain new insights about the Canyon?

  • Content: Does the author use reliable data sources? Are the data sources used well-documented?

  • User Interactivity: Does the interactivity of the map invite exploration and provide an easy to use interface (zoom control, popups, navigation, etc)? Are all interactive components of the map fully functional?

  • Information flow: Does the information on the map flow and tell a complete story?

  • Dynamic Elements: Do the pop ups provide relevant information? Are they formatted clearly?

  • Cartographic design: Are the map elements balanced and readable?

  • Creativity: Does the map tell a unique story about the Grand Canyon? Is the design and interface innovative?

  • Theme: Does the map effectively communicate the intended message?

Deadline

Submissions must be made by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019

How to submit

To submit your original cartographic production for consideration in the Best Data Driven (dynamic) category of the Grand Canyon Map Competition, please complete the forthcoming web form (coming January 2019), which will allow you to upload your file information, including the URL for the entry. Entries should be visible to the public without needing a login.

Please provide a short (max 200 words) descriptive statement that provides information relevant to your map submission, including purpose of your map, how it may be used, what is the target audience, how was it created, what were your thoughts behind the project’s design, etc.

In addition to the descriptive statement, be prepared to provide the following information with your submission:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Student Status
  • Name of Institution
  • Map Title
  • Map platform (mobile, web-based, tablet)

Judges

Contact

Have questions about the Grand Canyon Map Competition? Send a note to mapgeo@asu.edu.