Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Seeking Maps for International Children's Map Exhibit

The Barbara Petchenik Map Exhibition aims to promote children's creative representation of the world, to enhance their cartographic awareness and to make them more conscious of their environment.

Students across the United States are invited to participate in the exhibit. Six maps will be selected from the maps received. Those maps will be displayed during the ICA conference as part of the International Map Exhibition, held as part of the 25th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association in Paris, France, July 3-8, 2011

The theme of the exhibit for 2011 is: "Living in a globalized world"

Entry information:
The map must be produced by children under 16 years of age. Any item produced after January 2009 that was not exhibited at a previous ICA conference is eligible for the exhibition.

The international judging will focus on three criteria:
1) a recognizable message
2) cartographic content
3) the quality of execution.

Parameters of the entries:
1) the maximum size must not exceed A3 (420 mm x 297 mm or 17 x 11 inches)
2) the surface should be flat and pasted-on objects may not be higher than 5 mm or 0.2 inch and have to be thoroughly fixed.
3) the map can be made using any unbreakable material (thus no glass).
4) no moveable or folding-out parts covering sections of the drawing (Note: the submissions will be photographed or scanned and the complete drawing has to be visible in one scan or photo).
5) no perishable materials (like leaves of plants) may be used.
6) do not plasticize or laminate the drawings because that disturbs the physical appearance of the drawing.

Each map must have the following information on a label attached to the back side of the representation, in either French or English (the ICA's official languages):
1) author's name
2) author's age
3) school and address
4) author's country
5) map title

Please send map submissions by March 15, 2011:
Tanya Buckingham
Assistant Director
Cartography Laboratory
University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Science Hall, M390
550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

phone: 608-262-1363

If the entry is individual (not sent by a school) the author’s legal representatives (e.g. parents) will decide to make or not public their personal address. If the representatives do not agree to make it public, the official address of the ICA National Commission will be used for future contacts.

The winning entries will be submitted to international organizations (UNICEF International Art Committee or others) by the ICA Executive for consideration as greeting card designs or other kind of publication that might best showcase the maps created for the Competition. ICA may use them as well. Any participant must agree that his/her representation may be reproduced by the ICA or other international organizations, or scanned for publication on the Internet by Carleton University (on behalf of the ICA) without consultation or copyright fees.

Advertise the exhibit, by downloading the flyer.

Please peruse the digital collection at Carleton University Library. The work created by the children is incredible. While looking through the entries notice the diversity of countries involved in the exhibit.

More information:
A teacher's introduction to the Barbara Petchenik International World Map Design Exhibit.

Official rules

Not a child, but still want to display your work internationally? There is a Map Exhibit at the International Cartography Conference for everyone.