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Student Dynamic Map Competition

The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) recognizes the importance of dynamic mapping in cartography. We are sponsoring the 15th Annual Student Dynamic Map Competition to promote cartographic excellence and innovation in this versatile medium.

There is an opportunity for students working in print to participate, too. Learn more about the NACIS Student Poster Competition.

About the Student Dynamic Map Competition

Entering the competition is easy and rewarding! There is no entry fee and your map must be publicly accessible online through October 31, 2015. 

 There are two competition categories: narrative maps and interactive maps. 

  • A narrative map presents information in a way that communicates a story, cause, or message.

  • An interactive map provides tools that may be used for navigation, location-based services, or exploratory geovisualization. 

 Each map will be judged by a panel of three professional cartographers. The winners will be announced (and demonstrated) during this year's NACIS annual meeting in Greenville, SC. The winners will also be announced in the following issue of Cartographic Perspectives.

A first prize of $500 will be awarded to the best narrative map and best interactive map. At the discretion of the judges, additional noteworthy maps may receive an honorable mention award. All first place and honorable mention maps will receive award certificates.


Any student enrolled in a certificate program, undergraduate, or graduate/post-graduate program in any country who has not previously won first prize in either of the categories from this contest may enter.


 Students may enter as many times as they wish, but may only win one prize.

 Up to four students may enter the same project.

 Judges reserve the right to change an entry's category if they feel it is more appropriate. 

 Entries must have been created during the 2013-2014 academic year.

 Entries must be submitted by Friday September 12, 2014.

 URLs pointing to all contest entries must be active through October 31, 2015.

Complete Student Web Mapping Competition Rules

Submission Form


Natural Earth Data - FREE Vector and Raster Map Data


Annual Meeting

NACIS 2014
Pittsburgh, PA
October 8-11, 2014


 Student Dynamic Map Competition

 Student Map and Poster Competition

 Map Gallery

Corlis Benefideo Award

Cartographic Perspectives

CP 60, Spring 2008

CP 60 - Spring 2008

CP Archive (from 1989)

Student Dynamic Map Competition

2013 Winner - Narrative

50 Years of Change

by Rashauna Mead, Erin Hamilton, and Vanessa Wetzel
University of Wisconsin - Madison

2013 Winner - Interactive

by Caroline Rose, Chris Cantey, and Morgan Jarocki
University of Wisconsin - Madison


Student Poster Competition 

2013 Winner

Sawtooth Wilderness, Idaho 
by Aaron Taveras
University of Kansas

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