Children’s Map Exhibition

Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition 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 awards are given every two years during the ICA International Cartographic Conference (ICC), preferably at least one for each continent and only one award by country, with special consideration to the age of the child producing the drawing. The awarded drawings can be submitted to international organizations (UNICEF or other) for consideration as greeting cards or other publication. Participating nations are encouraged to report on the ways they have used for collecting drawing (video report, etc.) and to collect and archive maps for further research.


The theme for the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition for the conferences in 2021 and 2023 will be “A map of my future world”.


New deadline: September 15, 2021


Find details about participating in this competition by checking the submission page:


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”


Link to the page on the website of the Italian Association of Geography Teachers