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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 
is $5,000.

 

Map submissions are due March 22.

 

http://bizarremap.sdsu.edu/index.html