I heard of this through another listserve but thought there might be
interest in Maine.....
"Bizarre Map Challenge" (BMC): A National Map Design Competition
Hosted by the National GeoTech Center (http://www.geotechcenter.org/) and
San Diego State University. Contact (Q&A) email address:
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Goal: To promote spatial thinking and geospatial technology awareness in
high schools, community colleges, and universities in the United States.
To inspire curiosity about geographic patterns and map representation for
students and the broader public.
Awards: 1st prize: $5000 cash
2nd prize: $1000 cash, 3rd prize: $600 cash, 4th - 10th prizes: $200 cash
1. Competition participants must be full-time students in high school,
community college, or a university (undergraduate students only) in the
United States. The cartographic work and map design must be the original
work of the entrant.
2. "Bizarre", in this competition, refers to maps that are strikingly out
of the ordinary. Though all maps must use real-world data, successful
entries might employ unusual techniques, illustrate bizarre topics, or
exhibit striking patterns. This competition will not accept imaginary maps,
hand-drawn maps, or video game maps.
3. All entries must be submitted in a static PDF format (no interactive or
animated maps) using the on-line registration form. The complete map should
be no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches (letter size) with a minimum of half-inch
margins. A summary description, 500 words maximum, will also be required
at the time of submission. The summary should describe why this map is
bizarre, how it was created, the tools used, data sources, coordinate
systems, projection methods, etc.
4. Each student can only submit one entry. Each map should be created and
designed by one student only (no teamwork).
5. Each student needs to provide one teacher's contact information (name,
email address, school name, phone number, etc).
6. There are two rounds of judging. The first round will be handled by
five world-renowned cartographers who will select the TOP TEN entries.
Judges will consider a variety of criteria, including but not limited to
topics, techniques, and design. Students, among the TOP TEN entries, may be
asked to provide proven documentation of their full-time student status.
The second round will consist of public voting. The TOP TEN entries will
be posted on the competition website with public voting open for two weeks
(one vote per person). Entries will be ranked according to the number of
votes received by the end of the voting period.
. March 1st - March 22nd, 2010 : Accepting map entries (on-line form)
from the BMC website (URL to be announced on March 1st, 2010)
. April 12, 2010: Announcing the TOP TEN bizarre map challenge design
. April 12 - April 26, 2010: Two week on-line voting on the BMC website
. April 27, 2010: Announcing the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners.
Karen B. Anderson
Acadia National Park
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