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Call for Maps

Making maps has never been more exciting. Showcase your GIS work and be the spark that stimulates newfound geospatial thinking by showing us how you map your world. 18,000 of your peers will appreciate your map for the story it tells and the inspiration it creates in their own work.

Submission deadline


  • Map Gallery entries must be created in Esri software and can be submitted by anyone who 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 8, 2019, between 3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • A high-resolution digital map image file is required for all submissions.

Participate in the map competition

To be considered for a Map Gallery award, please review the categories and criteria document and determine which category is right for your map submission. The top three entries in each category will be recognized during the Esri UC closing session and first place winners receive an award. All map entries are eligible for the Best Cartography Award. This award is reserved for maps that go beyond the basics and exhibit excellence in all aspects. Check out the 2018 Map Gallery results.


  • Every entry is eligible for the Esri MAPGALLERY.
  • The submission deadline for map submissions and high-resolution files is May 31, 2019.
  • Print entries will have a display panel for the printed map and will be included in the Esri MAPGALLERY.

Additional opportunities

Esri ICA/IMIA Excellence in Cartography Award

The Esri International Cartographic Association (ICA)/International Map Industry Association (IMIA) award promotes and recognizes excellence in map design and advancement in cartography. Judges will select from the Map Gallery submissions that best exhibit excellence in all aspects of cartographic design and production.

Be considered for next year’s Esri Map Book

To be considered for 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 UC. To retain your map and not be considered for the book, you must remove it before 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

People’s Choice Award

All map entries are eligible for the People's Choice Award. Attendees can vote for their favorite entry in the Map Gallery at the UC. Voting closes on Wednesday, July 10 at 5:00 PM. 

Check-in and set-up at the conference

Upon arrival to the User Conference, you may check-in and pick up your UC badge on the first floor of the San Diego Convention Center. After doing so, please proceed to the Map Gallery check-in on the upper level, nearest Hall E, outside Ballroom 20.

Please note: If you have not checked in at the Map Gallery by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 8, your display panels will be made available to other participants.

Map Gallery setup hours

Sunday, July 7, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Monday, July 8, 2019 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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