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Map the Bay: 2020 Map Making Contest

 

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2020 Contest Results

Congratulations to our 2020 winners and finalists!

See the results of the 2020 Student Mapmaking Contest on the "Mapping the Bay" virtual exhibit page:

https://exhibits.lib.berkeley.edu/spotlight/mapthebay/feature/map-contest-2020

IMPORTANT DATES

Held in conjunction with our upcoming virtual exhibit, Mapping the Bay (live May 15!), we invite students to create their own maps--both real and imagined--of the Bay Area.

Note these important dates:

  • April 17, 2020: Contest Opens, 12 pm [noon]
  • May 1, 2020: Contest Closes Contest extended through May 8 [midnight]!
  • May 15, 2020: Finalists announced!
  • May 15 - 22, 2020: Voting open
  • May 26, 2020: Winners announced!

Follow https://twitter.com/geolibraryucb for updates!

HOW TO ENTER

Follow these TWO steps to enter the contest:

RULES

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Both hand-drawn and computer-assisted maps are permitted. Your hand-drawn map must be flat (2-dimensional) and no larger than 11×17 inches in its print form. 
  • Maps should depict real or imagined places that represent the Bay Area.
  • This is our first mapmaking contest! Depending on the number of entries, maps may be grouped by grade for judging (ex. K-5, 6-8, 9-12, College). Best overall hand-drawn/colored and best digital maps will be considered separately. 
  • Please make a scan or take a photograph of your entry. If photographing, try for even lighting. Accepted formats: PDF, JPEG.
  • Maps created via computer software must be exported and submitted as a PDF or JPEG, minimum resolution 300 dpi.
  • Please include a title on your map, and save your file as LastName_FirstName_FirstWordofTitle.pdf OR LastName_FirstName_FirstWordofTitle.jpg
  • Note: only your first name will appear on our finalist site associated with your map. Therefore don't sign or print your full name on the map itself.
  • Your map should be original, creative, and unassisted.
  • K-5 students are welcome to use the blank template offered.
  • The contest is limited to students (K-12, + College) who attend school in one of the nine Bay Area Counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma).
  • Students under 18 must have parent or guardian permission to participate.
  • NEW! UCB Staff Category now open -- Staff are welcome to participate.

 

PRELIMINARY JUDGING

A panel of UC Berkeley judges will review all eligible entries received and select the finalists.

 

NOTIFICATION OF FINALISTS

The selected finalists will be notified by May 15, 2020.

 

SELECTION OF WINNING MAPS

The finalists will be featured on the Earth Sciences & Map Library's Contest website & Map the Bay Virtual Exhibit, from May 15, 2020 to May 22, 2020. Through a combination of online community voting and local judging, the winning maps will be selected. Limit one (1) vote per person during the online voting period. Voting begins on May 15 and ends at midnight on May 22. The creators of the winning maps will be notified by May 26.

 

PRIZES

Winning entries will be featured in the Map the Bay online exhibit, and be reproduced on print-from-home postcards.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q.      Can I work with another student to make my map?
A.      Sorry, no. All the work needs to be your own!

Q.      Which will be more likely to win: maps made on computers or hand-drawn maps?
A.      The final winner will be chosen by online voting. There will be finalists in each category so digital maps and hand-drawn maps are not necessarily in competition. The finalists will be chosen by committee based on aesthetics (how nice they look) and originality (creativity and uniqueness). 

Q.      Can I make a map of the whole world? What about outer space?
A.      While we encourage creativity, your map must have a Bay Area connection. It can be realistic. It can be idealistic. It can represent some version of your street, your favorite park, your city, or the entire Bay Area, but it needs to have a local connection.

Q.      Do you have any example maps?

A.      Our contest is modeled after the Osher Library Mapmaking Contest. See their site for examples of past maps: https://oshermaps.org/contest-2019

Q.     Can I use any art material to make my map, so long as it is flat?
A.      You can use any medium, but because we cannot accept original drawn maps at this time, you will need to scan or photograph your final product so make sure whatever you use will come through clearly in an image.

Q.      Can I put printed images on a hand-drawn map?
A.      You can create images on the computer, print them off, and paste them on your map if you would like. However, if you’re using images you get online, a lot of that is protected by copyright laws, and we could theoretically get in trouble for displaying it on our website. For that reason, all of the illustrations should be your own.

Q.      When you say that my map can be created on a computer, are you talking about a certain program?
A.       There are multiple programs that can be used to design maps, but we were specifically thinking of design software like GIMP or Adobe Photoshop, or digital map software like QGIS or ArcGIS Online. See https://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/mapthebay/tools for suggestions.

Q.       Who counts as a student?
A.       All students who attend Bay Area K-12 institutions, as well as college students enrolled at Bay Area based institutions (community college, university) are all eligible.

 

QUESTIONS?

Email map-contest@berkeley.edu with questions.

Blank Map of SF Bay Area

K-5 students, need help getting started?

Click, print & color this:

FINE PRINT

Entries that do not comply with the contest rules and submission requirements will be disqualified. Non-winning entrants will not be individually notified of the results. Only one UC Berkeley Earth Sciences & Map Library Mapmaking Contest entry per student per year will be accepted. The decisions of the UC Berkeley Earth Sciences & Map Library and the Judges are final. Relatives of judges are not eligible. The UC Berkeley Earth Sciences & Map Library has the right to use the first name and school of any UC Berkeley Earth Sciences & Map Library Mapmaking Contest participant, without compensation to administer and promote the Contest, and retains ownership of all entries and may copy, modify, distribute and publicly display them.