In 2013, youth from around the globe will be participating in the 20th annual Barbara Petchenik international map competition, organized by the International Cartographic Association. The competition is open to children and youth age 16 and under and is organized into 4 different age groupings: under 6, ages 6-8, ages 9-12, and ages 12-16. The aim of the competition is to promote children’s creative representation of the world, to enhance their cartographic awareness and to make them conscious of their environment.
winning image, “Living in a Globalized World in one Ark” by Juan
Edwin Kusmartin, Indonesia, age 10.
The theme of the 2013 competition is “My Place in Today’s World”. Youth cartographers can bring their own creativity into their project, as maps may be illustrated in any way, using pictures, drawings, words, objects, or other graphical elements. So have your students get out the paint brushes, pencils, chisels, leaves, recycled materials–YOU pick your own materials–and start working on their maps today!
For teachers, students, and families wishing to submit maps in the United States, download this flyer with the full rules for submission. Entries must be received by March 15.
For those wishing to submit from other countries, get in touch with the International Cartographic Association contact in your country. Find them here.
Enjoy browsing these previously winning images and brilliantly unique perspectives by talented young from around the world:
“See the World Shining in your Eyes” by Helena Väinmaa, Estonia, age 13.
“Living In the Globalized World Is Like a Music Playing And Continents Are Its Alphabets. When You Play All Together It Has Meaning” by Arian Karimi Jahromi, Iran, age 15.
“A Message To a Blind Friend” by Augustė Kriščiūnaitė, Lithuania, age 7.
” The World At My Fingertips – Remains a Puzzle” by Hayden Livingstone, New Zealand, age 15.
“We And Our World” by Alisa Yurchenko, Russian Federation, age 7.
“Global Heartbeat” by Robert Breebaart, South Africa, age 11.
Can’t wait to see what this year’s competition brings!