Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2017

The Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia is the Australia member organisation for the International Cartographic Association and will be organising the BARBARA PETCHENIK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN MAP DESIGN COMPETITION 2017 in Australia.

The Barbara Petchenik Award was created by the International Cartographic Association in
1993 as a memorial for Barbara Petchenik, a past Vice president of the ICA and cartographer
who worked through her life with maps related to children. The aim of the contest is to promote
the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

The awards are given every two years during the ICA International Cartographic Conference,
preferably at least one for each continent and only one award by country, with special
consideration to the age of the child producing the drawing. The awarded drawings can be
submitted to international organisations (UNICEF or other) for consideration as greeting cards
or other publication.

On behalf of the Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia and the International Cartographic
Association, it is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the Barbara Petchenik Children’s
Map Competition.

In 2017, this biannual international award has the theme of “We love maps” (the motto of the
International Map Year) and entries can be nominated in four age groups: under 6 years, 6-8
years, 9-12 years and 13-15 years. The deadline for participation in the competition is Tuesday,
28 February 2017.

Australian entries will be judged at a conference (to be announced) in early 2017.

Australian prizes include:

Creativity prize: $80

People’s choice prize: $80


                                    1st prize                2nd prize               3rd prize

Under 6 years             $100                    $60                       $25         

6 to 8 years                 $100                    $60                       $25         

9 to 12 years               $100                    $60                       $25         

13 to 15 years             $100                    $60                       $25         

The best 6 entries will be sent to the international judges at the “28th International Cartographic Conference” in Washington DC, USA, from 2 to 7 July

For more detailed information about the Australian competition, download and print the following documents.  Some of these forms require completing and are to be returned with your entry.






International details and teachers’ material are available at the “Barbara Petchenik Competition 2017” website    link to website

or and the “ICA Commission on Cartography and Children” Facebook profile

If you are interested in seeing entries from previous competitions, then go to the “Archive of The Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition” website maintained by the Carleton University Library

Any questions concerning the Australian competition can be emailed to the Australian coordinator at email

or click this link below to open an email

australian coordinator barbara petchenik childrens map competition

You can view the Australian entries from the 2015 competition on our site.

Update December 2016:

We have already started to receive entries for the competition.  Remember that you don’t have to wait until the end of February to send entries in.  To reduce the chance of your entries being folded in the mail, we suggest you add a piece of cardboard in the envelope and write “Do not fold” on the outside.



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