About the competition

The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) recognizes the importance of dynamic mapping in cartography. We are sponsoring the 16th Annual Student Dynamic Map Competition to promote cartographic excellence and innovation in this versatile medium.

Entering the competition is easy and rewarding! There is no entry fee and your map must be publicly accessible online through October 31, 2016.

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 Pittsburgh, PA. The winners will also be announced in the following issue of Cartographic Perspectives.


The deadline for submissions will be announced in the summer of 2015.


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 appropriate.
  • Entries must have been created during the 2014—2015 academic year.
  • Entries must be submitted by deadline (to be announced).
  • URLs pointing to all contest entries must be active through October 31, 2016.

Be sure to check also the Complete Student Web Mapping Competition Rules.

Have a print map instead? The NACIS Student Poster Competition is for you.