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Competition Rules

  1. Competition participants must be full-time students in high school, community college, or a university (undergraduate students only) in the United States. The cartographic work and map design must be the original work of the entrant.
  2. “Bizarre”, in this competition, refers to maps that are strikingly out of the ordinary. Though all maps must use real-world data, successful entries might employ unusual techniques, illustrate bizarre topics, or exhibit striking patterns. This competition will not accept imaginary maps, hand-drawn maps, or video game maps.
  3. All entries must be submitted in a static PDF format (no interactive or animated maps) using the on-line registration form. The complete map should be no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches (letter size) with a minimum of half-inch margins. A summary description, 500 words maximum, will also be required at the time of submission. The summary should describe why this map is bizarre, how it was created, the tools used, data sources, coordinate systems, projection methods, etc.
  4. Each student can only submit one entry. Each map should be designed and created by one student only (no teamwork).
  5. Each student needs to provide one teacherís contact information (name, email address, school name, phone number, etc).
  6. There are two rounds of judging. The first round will be handled by five world-renowned cartographers who will select the TOP TEN entries. Judges will consider a variety of criteria, including but not limited to topics, techniques, and design. Students submitting one of the TOP TEN entries may be asked to supply documents proving their full-time student status. The second round will consist of public voting. The TOP TEN entries will be posted on the competition web site with public voting open for two weeks (one vote per person). Entries will be ranked according to the number of votes received by the end of the voting period.