Children's Map Competition 2023

Children's Maps 2023

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 2023. This competition will be held in conjunction with the International Cartographic Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, 13-18 August 2023.

The theme for 2023 is: A map of my future world
We Love Maps

Entry deadline: 10 March 2023

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 2023 international competition

2021 International Winner

A New Zealand entry from our 2021 competition won 3rd place in the 9-12 years category at the 2021 International Children’s Map Competition in Florence, Italy.  The winning student was Barnaby Blampied from Mahurangi College.

3rd place, 9-12 Years: "My Future is in Your Hands: You Choose"
My Future is in Your Hands: You Choose

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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