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Undergraduate students and master’s-degree candidates are invited to apply for the National Geographic Award in Mapping. This award recognizes student achievement in the art, science, and technology of mapping and seeks to encourage student research.

The first place award consists of a cash prize of $900 (U.S.) and the second place award is $300 (U.S.). Winners and honorable mentions also will receive National Geographic atlases or other map products.

This award is administered through the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Cartography Specialty Group (CSG). Submissions are judged by a panel of professional cartographers working at National Geographic. Applying students do not need to be members of the AAG.

How to Apply

Following the strong tradition of print cartography produced by the National Geographic Society, submission must be in the form of a static map in a vector (e.g., pdf) or raster (e.g., jpg, tiff) format. While group work is eligible for submission, the maximum numbers of students working on a single team is three. Entries must be completed as part of the student’s curriculum (i.e., not for a job, including freelance work); the student’s cartography instructor must confirm that the work was completed for university credit by completing the form available below. In addition to your map, please include the following items with your submission:

  • A cover page that includes your name, institutional affiliation, degree program (e.g., M.A.), address, phone number, email, and cartography/GIS instructor’s name.
  • A one-page statement that provides some context of the submission, i.e. its purpose, how it may be used, how it was created, its limitations, etc. Please also include a paragraph on how this award would help you with your educational plans.
  • The completed form signed by your cartography instructor. Download Form.

Submissions must be received by March 1, 2015. Please apply by sending all digital materials to Stephanie Deitrick (stephanie [dot] deitrick [at] asu [dot] edu) and Robert Roth (reroth [at] wisc [dot] edu). The award will be announced at the 2015 AAG meeting in Chicago. Further information and past winners are available at: