Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2017

The Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia is the Australian 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.

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.

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

Click the links below to view this year's entries.

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 2017.

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



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