Cartography Challenges

Submit to the Center’s ongoing Cartography Challenges for a chance to be featured in our digital exhibition

Cartography Challenges at the Map Center

Numerous times each year, the Leventhal Map & Education Center welcomes submissions to our Cartography Challenge.

The rules are simple: we provide a Topic you should map, the Dataset(s) you should use, and a Challenge that is meant to introduce some generative constraints on your cartographic imagination. Submissions should be high-resolution maps (>=300 DPI) that respond to each of these criteria. The data for each Cartography Challenge can be downloaded for free from our Data Portal.

Submissions are evaluated by a combination of Map Center staff and guest judges, according to that submission cycle’s criteria. In addition to receiving a $200 honorarium and being featured in the Map Center’s digital exhibition, winners will have their work formally accessioned into the Center’s digital collections portal under a Creative Commons license. While we can only make one monetary award per submission cycle, we are happy to display and accession Honorary Mentions into our collections.

There is no expectation that maps be made using a particular software or program, but maps must ultimately be submitted as static images. Submissions may be handmade, but must be submitted in a digital format (the Map Center can’t accept mailed, physical submissions). Unless otherwise stated, we do not accept web maps as submissions in the Cartography Challenge.

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