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PA GIS Conference Map and Poster Competition

After a hiatus, the PA GIS Conference Map and Poster Competition is back for 2023! And with the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) Annual Meeting coming to Pittsburgh, PA, in October 2023, the competition will model the NACIS annual map and poster competition.

The competition is open to all conference attendees, with some limitations for non-students. All students are encouraged to submit maps and geospatial technical and research posters for a chance at prizes! All submissions will be displayed in the Map and Paster Gallery, and the winners will be selected by a ballot of all meeting attendees.

Competition Categories

Click the links above to submit a map or poster. Deadline for submission is March 31, 2023.

Competition Rules


  • Only conference attendees are eligible for the competition.
  • Map competition is open to all attendees, but only students are eligible for prizes.
  • Poster competition is open to student attendees only.
  • Student submissions are automatically entered into the competition. 


Meeting attendees will vote on the entrants, and the winner will be selected by a tally of ballots.


  • Only students are eligible for prizes.
  • First place student winners for each category will receive the a prize, TBD.
  • All first place selections will receive award certificates, as well as honorable mentions if selected.
  • A student can only receive one first place prize. If a student is selected for first place in two categories:
    • The category with more first place votes will be awarded to the student.
    • The category with fewer first place votes will be awarded to second place.
  • At least two submissions must be entered for a category in order for a prize to be awarded.
  • In the event of a tie or any other issues will be judged and decided by the Conference Planning Committee

Additional Rules

  • Submissions must be print maps, web mapping applications, or geospatial technical and research posters.
  • Students must be enrolled in a certificate program, undergraduate, or graduate/post-graduate program during the 2022–23 academic year and meet the requirements for Keystone GIS student membership. However, students do not need to be Keystone GIS members.
  • Submissions must have been created during the 2021-22 OR 2022-23 academic year.
  • Students may enter as many times as they wish, but may only win one prize. See Prizes section for details.
  • The cartographic work in these maps must be the original work of the entrant. The data, if not produced by the entrant, must be appropriately cited.
  • The maximum size of posters is 48″ wide x 36″ tall.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring their print poster arrives at the conference and is hung in the map and poster gallery, at the instruction of the gallery coordinator.
  • Students must also provide a digital image for inclusion in the online gallery.
  • The digital image must be at least 300 dpi
  • File size may not exceed 20MB and be PNG, PDF, or JPEG format

Please contact PA GIS Conference Planning Committee at with any questions.

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