Children's Map Competition 2021

Children's Maps 2021

NZCS is proud to host the New Zealand Children's Map Competition

Competition Objectives

The objectives of the competition are to promote children’s creative representation of the world, to enhance their cartographic awareness, and to make them more conscious of their environment.

The 1st place winners in each age category (13-15yrs, 9-12yrs, 6-8yrs, under 6 years) will be New Zealand’s entries for the international Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2021. This competition will be held in conjunction with the International Cartographic Conference in Florence, Italy, 13-17 December 2021.

The theme for 2021 is: A map of my future world
We Love Maps

Entry deadline: to 14 May 2021 (extended from 12 March)

Age Categories

  • 13-15 years
  • 9-12 years
  • 6-8 years
  • under 6 years

Judging Criteria

  • A recognizable message
  • Cartographic content
  • Quality of execution


  • Sponsor prizes for 1st / 2nd / 3rd in each category
  • All 1st place winners receive a custom map for their school
  • Winning entries will be submitted to the 2021 international competition

2019 International Winner

A New Zealand entry from our 2019 competition won 2nd place in the 9-12 years category at the 2019 International Children’s Map Competition in Tokyo, Japan.  The winning student was Barnaby Blampied from Matakana School.

2nd place, 9-12 Years: "A Turtle's Tears: Our Plastic Oceans"
A Turtle's Tears: Our Plastic Oceans

Entry Forms and Guidelines

Download the Children's Map Competition entry form and supplemental documentation in PDF format below.

Please direct any competition related enquiries to:

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