Children's map exhibition

Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Exhibition at ICC2021

The ICC2021 in Florence is proud to host the finals of the ​Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Competition, organized by the ICA’s Commission on Cartography and Children.


The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a biennial map drawing competition for children. It was created by the International Cartographic Association in 1993 as a memorial for Barbara Petchenik, a past Vice president of the ICA and cartographer who had a lifelong interest in maps for children. The aim of the contest is to promote the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.


The theme for the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition for the ICC 2021 in Florence is “A map of my future world”.


178 submissions from 32 countries and 5 continents were received. Drawings are available at the following temporary webpage:


Exhibition venue

Ex Circolo di Palazzo Medici Riccardi, via de’ Ginori 14, Firenze



Monday, December 13th, 5:00  p.m.


Opening time

from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th , 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


The visitors will have the chance to vote on their favourite drawings. The most voted drawings will receive a People’s choice award at the end of the Conference.


The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Italian Association of Geography Teachers (AIIG) [] and the Italian Geographic Military Institute  (IGM) [].


Local organizing committee

Elena Torretta (IGM Firenze); Riccardo Morri (University of Rome La Sapienza);
Matteo Puttilli (University of Florence); Paola Zamperlin (University of Pisa).


General rules for the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2021

Rules for national coordinators of the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2021

Rules for teachers and parents


View previous galleries at the Carleton University Library.


Download the latest book on the Barbara Petchenik Competition, “The World drawn by children”