Call for Maps

Making maps has never been more exciting! Just look what we can do with smart maps today, as mobile, online, and open source technologies have naturally merged with the art of cartography. It’s a new mapping age. This is your time to shine!

Showcase your GIS work and be the spark that stimulates newfound geospatial thinking—by showing us how you map your world.

Thousands of your peers will appreciate your map for the story it tells—and the inspiration it creates in their own work. Show over 16,000 fellow users how you're leveraging GIS technology to overcome challenges, solve real-world problems, and achieve your goals.

Map Gallery Submission

The 2017 deadline for map submissions has closed. Be the first to know when the 2018 Map Gallery submission portal opens.


Map Gallery entries must be created in Esri software and can be submitted by anyone who registers for and attends the Esri UC.

You or a colleague must be present for at least one hour during the Map Gallery Opening and Evening Reception.

Be the first to know when the 2018 UC Call for Maps Opens

Opportunities for Map Gallery Exhibitors

Participate in the Map Competition

If you would like your map to be considered for a Map Gallery award, the categories and judging criteria document can help you determine where your map fits best and how entries are evaluated.

The top three entries in each category will be recognized during the Esri UC closing session. First place winners receive a plaque.

All map entries are eligible for the People's Choice Award. During the week of the Esri UC, attendees can vote for their favorite entry in the Map Gallery.

Esri ICA/IMIA Excellence in Cartography Award

All entries are also eligible for the Esri ICA and IMIA Excellence in Cartography Award. The purpose of the Esri International Cartographic Association (ICA)/International Map Industry Association (IMIA) award is to promote and recognize excellence in map design and advancement in cartography. The competition is open to all map-makers with registered entries within the Map Gallery. Noted cartographers, who have contributed to cartography and shared their work in the ICA/IMIA, will judge the entries. 

As the award is for map design and advancement in cartography, judging will be based on cartographic design criteria, such as creativity, appropriate text, design balance, unity, clarity, effective use of color, cohesiveness of title and technical aspects of the subject matter presented.

Add Digital Content to Your Map Display

Regardless of the submission type you choose, we encourage you to place a printed QR code in your physical map display space. The QR code will allow Map Gallery visitors to link from your display right to a related website!

IMPORTANT: Each online submission must include a small printed representation and a QR code link to the location of the digital map.

Print submissions may include a QR code which points to your website, ArcGIS Online, Flickr, Instagram, or Facebook, just to name a few. Show everyone the backstory of your project or work, the source data for your map, or any other valuable information you want to share.

For more information about QR codes, please review the frequently asked questions.

Be Considered for Next Year’s Map Book

To have your map considered for publication in the next edition of the Esri Map Book, select the appropriate box in step two of the Map Gallery submission form, and leave your map on display after the conference. If you prefer to retain your map and not be considered for the book, you MUST remove it between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

New this Year: Esri and the Library of Congress (LOC) have partnered to create a permanent collection of maps created by students between Kindergarten and High School

This exciting opportunity will allow students’ printed maps to be considered for the Library of Congress collections. To be considered you must submit your map in one of the two categories for students between Kindergarten and High School and express your interest when you complete your submission. We will follow up with interested participants to provide more information and collect permissions forms.