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Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2019

We invite you to participate in the 2019 Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition, an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a biennial map drawing competition for children. It 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 had a lifelong interest in maps for children. The aim of the contest is to promote the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

The competition is organized every two years. In a national round in all participating ICA member countries, the national winners are selected, which are exhibited during the International Cartographic Conference, where the international winners are selected.

The theme for the 2019 competition remains the same as it was in 2017: “We love maps”. Entries can be nominated in four age groups: under 6 years, 6–8 years, 9–12 years and 13–15 years. The deadline for the participation in the contest is 1 May 2019.

Winner map drawings selected at the national level will be displayed at the International Exhibition to be held during the 29th International Cartographic Conference in Tokyo, Japan from 15 to 20 July 2019. An international jury will select the best entries from each age group. Additionally, there will be prize issued based on a public vote by the conference participants, as well as a Creativity Award issued by the ICA Commission on Art and Cartography.

For more detailed information about the competition, please check out the resources available on this page and/or on the ICA website of the International Cartographic Association (http://icaci.org/petchenik/), the Commission on Cartography and Children (http://lazarus.elte.hu/ccc/ccc.htm) or their Facebook profile (https://www.facebook.com/icaccc/).

If you are interested in using children maps in your context, e.g. with publications, we would like to encourage you to contact us. The map drawings made by children in the previous competitions can be found in the “Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Children's Map Competition” website, maintained by the Carleton University Library (https://childrensmaps.library.carleton.ca/).  

2017 Barbara Petchenik Children's Map Competition Winners

The Official results are in for the U.S. National Children’s Map Competition!

Over 100 kids representing every region of the United States competed in the first judging phase of the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition. Five judges, including geography teachers, cartographers, and artists selected thirty of the best maps to send to the American Association of Geographers Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Results from the public vote were counted along with the judges scores and here are top prize winners from the final vote (first, second, and third place awards)!

Thanks to everyone who participated this year in this competition. It’s obvious that WE LOVE MAPS! Keep posted to this website for future map competitions and for announcements to participate in the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition in 2019 (Tokyo, Japan)!

Under Age 6

  • Molly Rascon. Colorful Earth Puzzle, Chicago, IL;  First Place and International Competition Finalist
  • Sara Kaelin. Crazy Earth, Chicago, IL;  Second Place Award 
  • Erin Corpin. Facing the World, Chicago, IL;  Third Place Award

Ages 6-8

  • Ewa Bodzianowski & Kaia Vazquez. A Bird’s Eye View, Chicago, IL;  First Place and International Competition Finalists
  • Sophia Wyatt. Under the Sea Map, Chicago, IL;  Second Place Award
  • Sophia Polec. The Map Full of Adventures, Chicago, IL;  Third Place Award 
  • Emiliano Rescendez. The Earth Loves to Whoot, Chicago, IL;  Third Place Award

Ages 9-12

  • Amy Marie Doval Valdes Rodriguez. Earth—A Fascinating Place Deep, Deep Inside the Milky Way; First Place Award and International Competition Finalist Award
  • Cheyanne Ligutan. Painting the World a New Picture, Chicago, IL;; Second Place and International Competition Finalist
  • Emila Mucha. Animals Love the Earth, So Should You, Chicago, IL; Third Place Award
  • Grace Pfeiffer. Flight of the Butterflies, Chicago, IL;  Third Place Award

Ages 13-15

  • Champ Turner. Maps: Our Path for Exploration, Austin, TX; First Place and International Competition Finalist
  • Shivani Patel. We Love Maps: Food for Thought, Mashpee, MA; Second Place Award and International Competition Finalist
  • Julio J. Lopez. Orlando Tour; Miami, FL; Third Place Award
  • Anna Launder. Love Makes the World One; Cottonwood, CA; Third Place Award

Honorable mentions:

  • Jagger Bryant. We Love Maps, Mashpee, MA; Honorable Mention Award
  • Isabella Caserio. Find Your Point B, Gray, ME; Honorable Mention Award
  • Gabby Marie Doval Valdes Rodriguez. Gabby is Thankful For the Earth, Hialeah, FL; Honorable Mention Award
  • Isabel Elizondo. Bunny Saves the World, Chicago, IL; Honorable Mention Award
  • Collin & Kimber Euler. I Love Maps, Paradise, TX: Honorable Mention Award
  • Kashton Eustace. I Love Maps, Paradise, TX; Honorable Mention Award,
  • Tommie Gallaty. Branching Out, Cottonwood, CA; Honorable Mention Award
  • Jose Manuel Garcia Cejas. If There Was Only 1 Channel, Hialeah, FL; Honorable Mention Award
  • Matthew Hernandez. I Love Maps, Chicago, IL;  Honorable Mention Award
  • Olivia Hamm Hyppolite. You’ll Love the Earth if you open Your Eyes, Chicago, IL;  Honorable Mention Award
  • John Cole Jenkinson. The Big Planet, Chicago, IL;  Honorable Mention Award
  • Annika Kiockowski. Glowing Earth, Chicago, IL;  Honorable Mention Award
  • Maeve McDonagh. My Hands are Wrapped Around the Earth, Chicago, IL;  Honorable Mention Award
  • Taylor Lacava. We Love Maps, Mashpee, MA;  Honorable Mention Award
  • Chloe Manke. The Earth in Two Loving Hands, Lake Mills, WI; Honorable Mention Award
  • Sydney McHatten. Eyeball Field, Chicago, IL;  Honorable Mention Award
  • Willow Nelson. We Love Africa, Lansing, MI; Honorable Mention Award
  • Lucas O’Dell. This is Our World, Paradise, TX;  Honorable Mention Award
  • Bridget O’Neill. We Love Maps, Mashpee, MA; Honorable Mention Award
  • Anthony Proenza. If the World Could Be Green, Hialeah, FL; Honorable Mention Award
  • Riley Sechowski. The Worm Eats the Earth, Chicago, IL; Honorable Mention Award

Rules & Forms

Click the link below to download:

Invitation by the ICA President

A letter to Teachers from the U.S. National Coordinator

Checklist for Teachers

Contest Rules

Rules for National Coordinators

Rules for Teachers and Parents

Parent Permission Form -Parents/Legal representatives must sign

Author Data Form -Make sure these data forms are attached to all of the entries from your school!