17. 03. 2017 14:19
The Slovak Academy of Sciences' Institute of Geography in co-operation with the Cartographic Association of the Slovak Republic has announced a competition entitled "Children's map of the world". Mainly art-school students are participating. The six best maps will make it to the world preview as part of the most significant cartography conference in Washington, USA. The main topic for this year's art competition is "We love maps".
The spokesperson of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Monika Hucáková, informed that the jury's criteria will focus on an understandable message, cartographic content as well as the quality of the artwork. They should follow the real ratio of the earth and oceans without using regular maps or templates. Students are expected to use appropriate cartographic detail in their work. The deadline for submitting entries is the end of March 2017.
This biennial map drawing competition for children triggers discussions on the different possibilities for mapping the Earth and its geomorphology. It highlights the specific features of individual regions and draws attention to events that negatively affect the environment.
The International Cartographic Association has been collecting the best children's maps since 1993. The competition was created as a memorial for Barbara Petchenik, a past Vice President of the association and a cartographer with an interest in maps for children. In past years, Slovakia has been represented by 45 pictures of children up to 16 years of age. Three of these works were awarded special mentions in 1993, 1995 and 2001.