The Bizarre Map Challenge is a map design competition open to high school,
college, and university students in the United States. The goals of this
challenge are: to promote spatial thinking; increase awareness of geospatial
technology; and inspire curiosity about geographic patterns and map
representation in students and the broader public. “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.
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.
This competition is supported by the National Geospatial Technology Center
and San Diego State University and prizes will be awarded to the top entries
as voted on by a round of judges and then by the public. The First Place prize
Map submissions are due March 22.