Children’s Map Competition

Announcing the 2021 Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition to celebrate the creativity, imagination, artistry, and wisdom of child mapmakers!

Postmark entries by April 10 to meet the April 15, 2021, deadline!
2019 U.S. entries
U.S. entries in the 2019 international Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition

U.S. National Competition

Children ages 15 and under are encouraged to submit a hand made map for this national competition. Teachers are encouraged to promote this competition to their students. First, second, and third place winners are selected in four age categories: under 6 years old, 6 to 8 years old, 9 to 12 years old, and 13 to 15 years old. An entry can be drawn by a single child or multiple children (up to three within the same age category).

Barbara Petchenik International Competition

Six entries will be chosen to represent the United States in the international Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition. This map exhibit features student entries from around the world, and the maps will be considered for greeting card, calendar, and poster designs for organizations such as UNICEF. The judges select first, second, and third place winners in the four age categories, and they choose a winner for a Creativity Award. Votes by exhibit attendees determine the winner of the Public Vote award.

This Year’s Theme

This year’s theme, “A Map of My Future World!”, may be illustrated in any way, using pictures, drawings, words, objects, or other graphical elements, but the illustration must include (somewhere) a map of all or a large portion of the world, with recognizable continents, age-appropriate features, and/or representations. The maps should tell a story or convey a message about the worldin this case, the world of the future. This future maybe interpreted as tomorrow, or the world in 50 years, or centuries beyond!

Submitting Entries

The first step is to send your entries or your students’ entries to the U.S. Children’s Map Competition. See the Rules and Judging and For Teachers pages for more information about preparing entries.

National winners will be selected in July 2021 and submitted to the international competition which is currently scheduled for December 2021.

Send in your entries by April 10 to meet the April 15, 2021, deadline!

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