See the Amazing Kids' Maps That Won a Global Contest

Hundreds of children from 34 countries submitted maps to the bi-annual cartography contest.

The maps submitted this year to the bi-annual Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition range from adorable to masterful. Nearly two hundred finalists from 34 different countries were on display at the annual meeting of the International Cartographic Association in Washington, D.C. last week. The aspiring artists and cartographers are all age 15 or younger, and the youngest is a 3-year-old from Bulgaria. All the winners can be seen in the gallery above.

The theme for the contest this year was “We Love Maps,” which elicited lots of hearts, including one that used a heart-shaped map projection by 12-year-old Colegio Arturo Soria of Spain. The judges couldn’t choose just one map for the creativity award, which is shared this year by 4-year-old Urtėja Kardašiūtė of Lithuania for a heart-warming image of the Earth and Sun holding hands as friends, and 15-year-old Phoebe McClean of New Zealand for a clever commentary on President Trump’s policies.

The Public Award for the most votes while on display during the conference went to Champ Turner, a 15-year-old from Austin, Texas (below).

Each member country of the ICA can choose up to six maps as finalists, which are then judged by an international panel of cartographers at the conference. The competition is named for Barbara Petchenik, an American cartographer who was dedicated to maps related to children’s education. The memorial contest was founded in 1993 and the winning maps are chosen each year by an international panel of members of the International Cartographic Association.

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Maps: Our path for exploration, by Champ Turner of the United States, age 15. This map won the Public Award for winning the most votes while on display at the International Cartographic Association last week(CK).
If you like the maps in this post, check out this previous story with winners from past years. You may also like our collection of cartographers’ adorable childhood maps and our post on really impressive maps drawn by 19th-century schoolgirls. And if you’re a K-12 teacher whose students make maps at school, let us know!