My geographer friend, Emily White, helps me keep tabs on all things geo. I’m glad she passed along information on the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Drawing Competition. In fact, I was wondering how I missed this last year, but it turns out that this is a biannual international competition. That is, it takes place every two years. Did you ever meet a kid who was obsessed with making maps? I know one and I’m glad he’s still young enough to qualify for this competition. Entries can be nominated in four age groups:
- under 6 years,
- 6-8 years
- 9-12 years
- 13-15 years
Run by the International Cartographic Association, this competition aims to “promote the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.” This year’s theme is My place in today’s world.
The competition is open children in all ICA member countries with each country selecting national winners. n 2013, there were 155 winning maps from 30 countries. View winning children’s maps from the 2013 Petchenik Competition here.
The maps from the national winners will be displayed in the International Exhibition to be held during the 27th International Cartographic Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 23-25, August 2015. An international jury will select the best entries by each age group, and there will also be a public vote open to all participants for a dedicated public prize.
What does it take to make a winning map? Read the rules to learn more about judging criteria, how to enter, and such. And don’t forget to download the parent permission form.
Entry deadline is May 1, 2015.