Esri User Conference

June 27 – July 1, 2016 | San Diego Convention Center

Call for Maps

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

We invite you to share examples of your work. Together we’ll build an exciting and vibrant display of the very best in current cartography. This exhibit will allow you to demonstrate your work to other conference attendees, and act as a barometer for the current state of mapping.

View the Map Gallery Categories and Judging Criteria.

Map Gallery Submission


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 on Monday, July 20 between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m. to discuss your maps and answer questions.

The 2015 UC Map Gallery Registration is Now Closed.


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 [PDF] 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 and IMIA Excellence in Cartography Award

The purpose of the Esri International Cartographic Association (ICA) and 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 (in any category) within the Map Gallery. Noted cartographers, who have contributed to cartography and shared their work in the ICA and/or 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

New this year, nine of the 11 competition categories can be submitted for digital review and consideration. Two of the categories are solely within the digital realm. 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! This can include 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.

IMPORTANT: if your entry is digital, a small printed representation of it must be displayed in the Map Gallery, along with a QR code link to the location of the digital map.

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 23.

At the Conference

Check In and Set Up

Please pick up your attendee badge on the first floor of the San Diego Convention Center. Then proceed to the upper level via the escalators nearest Hall E. Outside Ballroom 20, check-in with the Map Gallery staff.

If you have not checked in at the Map Gallery by noon on Monday July 20, your display panels will be made available to other participants.

Map Gallery Setup Hours
Sunday, July 19 Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, July 20 8:00 a.m. ‐ Noon

E-mail inquiries or call 909-793-2853, extension 1-3347.