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Eligibility and requirements

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.

All submissions must include the following.

  • Title of map
  • URL (digital maps and apps only, must be publicly accessible)
  • Author(s)
  • Primary contact
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Organization
  • Esri products used (license level and extensions)
  • A brief description of the map (20 words maximum)
  • A high-resolution digital map image file is required for all submissions.

Maps not meeting these guidelines will not be displayed at the conference.

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.

The Esri Interactive MAPGALLERY


New this year!  All Map Gallery entries will automatically be included in the Esri Interactive MAPGALLERY, our permanent online collection!  This online collection of maps will be accessible to anyone, from anywhere, at any time.  Check out mapgallery.esri.com, where you can explore previous events map submissions.

For entries requiring a printed display, display panels can be selected during the registration process. 

The submission deadline, including high-resolution files, is May 31, 2019.

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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