Are you looking for a great art, science, or social studies project? Encourage your students to create an entry for the PATCHENIK CHILDREN’S WORLD MAP COMPETITION 2015, for a chance to represent the USA in an international map illustration contest, to be held at the International Cartographic Conference in Rio de Janeiro in August 2015.
This is the 21st annual Petchenik Map Competition, which celebrates the creativity, imagination, artistry, and wisdom of child mapmakers. Students from your school can win prizes from Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and other partners, and represent the United States in a map exhibit featuring student entries from six continents. The winning illustrations will be considered for greeting card, calendar, and poster designs for international organizations such as UNICEF.
Here are the rules:
1. Children 16 years old or younger are to produce a map illustration on the theme “My Place in Today’s World.” The maximum size is 17 x 11 inches (smaller entries are fine, too), and can be made using any unbreakable material. Mixed media entries are welcome, but the height of
pasted-on components must be no greater than 0.2 inches.
2. The theme “My Place in Today’s World” may be illustrated in any way, using pictures, drawings, words, objects, or other graphical elements, but the illustration must include (somewhere) a map of all or a large portion of the world, with recognizable continents drawn as correctly as can be expected for the child’s age.
3. An entry can be drawn by a maximum of three authors, all of whom should be in the same age group (see #4); the age of the oldest artist will be used to place the entry in the correct group.
Multiple entries from a single school are welcome.
4. Participants are entered into the international competition by the child’s age on December 31, 2014: under 6 years, ages 6-8 years, ages 9-12, and ages 12-16.
5. Each map must have the following information on a label attached to the back side of the
illustration: the name, age, school (or personal) address, and country of its author, and the title of the illustration in either French or English.
6. All maps from a single school should be sent in one package, and postmarked by February 7, 2015, to the following address:
Dr. Robert Edsall
National Coordinator, BBPCMC
Department of History, Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8079
Pocatello, ID 83209-8079
7. Submitted illustrations must be original and hard-copy; no digital files (images, .pdfs, etc.) will be accepted. Participants are encouraged to scan or photograph the finished work for their records. Entries can be returned only if you include a self-addressed stamped envelope (ensure sufficient size and proper postage) with your entries. Entries selected as national winners cannot be returned, and become the property of the International Cartographic Association and are stored in the library of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
8. All past international competition entries can be viewed at http://children.library.carleton.ca.
The national and international judging of the illustrations will focus on three areas:
1. a recognizable message. a recognizable connection between the form, shape, and use of
cartographic elements that creatively address the Competition's theme of “My Place in Today’s World,”
2. cartographic content: appropriate cartographic elements such as symbols, colors, names and labels, etc., which help address the Competition's theme.
Note: cartographic accuracy (e.g. of coastlines of continents) is not a primary concern, though the illustration should be recognizable as a map and any abstractions of the map should be artistically presented.
3. overall quality of the execution: aesthetic quality in such matters as balance and harmony among the image elements
This is a great opportunity for your students to creatively express their worldview, enhance their awareness of maps, and make them more conscious of their environment and connections to it. They may even get the chance to represent their nation in an international exhibit next summer. We hope you encourage your students and your school to take part in this effort.
For more information, contact Rob Edsall, email@example.com