Inviting all Maine 5th Graders...
...to enter our Illustrated Mapmaking Contest for the chance to win $1,000 ($500 for you, $500 for your class)!
- Friday, March 25, 2016 - all submissions must be postmarked by this date or dropped off in person to the Osher Map Library.
- Friday, March 31, 2016 - 10 finalists selected, online voting begins.
- Thursday, April 7, 2016 - winner revealed and awarded cash prize at Osher Map Library's Pictorial Maps exhibit opening!
Important Things to Know:
- Your map must be flat (2-dimensional) and no larger than 11x17 inches.
- Your map may be created on or with a computer, but it must be submitted as a hard copy (i.e. printed).
- Your map should be original, creative, and unassisted.
- Your map may depict any real or imaginary place, but should be illustrated (in other words, use pictures).
- We encourage world maps, but other kinds of maps will not be disqualified.
- Your map should have your full name, address, school, and homeroom teacher clearly printed on the back side (not front) of the map.
- If you are home-schooled, include the name of the public library that you use the most.
- Your map must be submitted along with an Entry Release Form.
- Still have questions? Email K-12 Outreach Coordinator, Renee Keul, at email@example.com.
Mail your map and Entry Release Form to:
Osher Map Library (Attn: Mapmaking Contest)
P.O. Box 9301
Portland, Maine 04104
(or drop off at: Osher Map Library; 314 Forest Ave; Portland, ME 04101)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Can I work with another fifth grader to make my map?
A. Sorry, no. All the work needs to be your own!
Q. Which will be more likely to win: maps made on computers or hand-drawn maps?
A. Remember that the final winner will be chosen by online voting. However, the 10 finalists will be chosen by committee based on aesthetics (how nice they look) and originality (creativity and uniqueness). Maps made on the computer can be more mathematically precise, but that will not matter for this contest. Use whatever method allows you to create the most unique and attractive map you can!
Q. Can I use any art material to make my map, so long as it is flat?
A. You can use any standard art medium, but if you use something that might by messy, such as chalk pastels, you need to spray it with fixative. We will be scanning the finalist maps for online voting, and we can’t risk damaging our scanner!
Q. What place should my map show?
A. Maps of the world are encouraged, but not required. Your map can show any place, real or imaginary.
Q. Could a map that is not of the world actually win?
A. Yes! We are suggesting a world map mostly for people who are not sure where to start. It is not required, and a non-world map could definitely win. However, keep in mind that the winning map will actually be selected by online voting, and anyone in the world can vote. A map of the world would probably mean more to a person from a different country than a map of Augusta or a map of your neighborhood. Likewise, a person in Nevada would probably be more interested in a world map than a map of Maine. So, in this way, world maps might have a tiny bit of an advantage, but that should not keep you from making a map you are excited to make.
Q. Can I put printed images on a hand-drawn map?
A. You can create images on the computer, print them off, and paste them on your map if you would like. However, if you're using images you get online, a lot of that is protected by copyright laws, and we could theoretically get in trouble for displaying it on our website. For that reason, all of the illustrations should be your own.
Q. When you say that my map can be created on a computer, are you talking about a certain program?
A. There are multiple programs that can be used to design maps, but we were specifically thinking of software like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). GIMP is free online (www.gimp.org), but it can be pretty tricky to use at first. If you want to try it, you will probably need to spend a few hours with the tutorials (www.gimp.org/tutorials).
Q. Can an illustrated map use words?
A. Yes! In fact, most illustrated maps DO use words (you can see some examples below).
Some Examples of Pictorial or Illustrated Maps:
Click on a picture below to see a larger version of the map.