CaGIS Annual Map Design Competition

Final Call for submissions to the 46th CaGIS Annual Map Design Competition for maps created or published during 2018.

About the Student Competition

Each student award consists of a cash prize ($500) and a copy of Avenza MAPublisher. Student mapmakers in a certificate, diploma, or degree program (bachelor, masters, doctorate) must have produced their entries with student facilities as part of an accredited course. Student entries must be verified via the instructor. Winning entries will be displayed at a number of national and international professional functions and will then become part of the permanent collection of the U.S. Library of Congress. Digital images of winning entries will also be provided (with permission) to educators and teachers as examples of excellent map design for their students.

There are NO FEES for student entries.

Student Categories

Arthur Robinson Award for Best Printed Map: A map or map series designed specifically for print media.

David Woodward Award for Best Electronic Map: A map or series of related maps designed specifically for electronic media (i.e., DVD, the Web, or a mobile app).


About the Professional Competition

Professional Categories

Reference: A map whose objective is to show the location of a variety of different features. The focus of a reference map is on accurate depiction at a given scale of the location of individual environmental features.

Thematic: A map whose objective is to illustrate a theme or the relationship among several themes. The focus of a thematic map is on the structure of the distribution rather than on location.

Book / Atlas: Atlases and books use original maps as the primary (in the case of an atlas) or a significant (in the case of a book) communication device.

Recreation / Travel: A map designed to assist readers in pursuit of recreation or travel, such as road maps, trail maps, and maps of parks or natural areas.

Interactive Digital: A map designed for digital media (Internet, DVD, mobile app). Maps in this category include some level of interactivity, such as selection and transformation, or animation.

Other: This category is for submissions that do not fit into any other category. Judges reserve the right to assign entries to another category if they feel it is appropriate and will offer an award only for an exceptional map that does not correspond with the other categories.

Professional entries are $10 for each professional map submitted.

How to Enter

Submit your entry by January 31, 2019. (All submissions must be received by this date.)

Please complete and print the form attached. Include the completed form with one, full-size, print copy of your map or map product and mail to Daniel Cole at the Smithsonian Institution. Use the appropriate address depending on the service you are using to mailing your map.

Submission Forms: attached

Submission Directions

Please email a digital copy, or link to your digital map, to the following address:

Mail a print copy of your map or map product to Daniel Cole.

For entries mailed through UPS & FedEx:  Daniel Cole CaGIS Map Competition Smithsonian Institution, IT Office, MRC 136, 1000 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20560

For entries mailed through USPS or International Post: Daniel Cole CaGIS Map Competition Smithsonian Institution, IT Office, MRC 136, P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012


Payment (for Professional Submissions Only) Please submit a check with your submission.