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The Barbara Petchenik Competition


The British Cartographic Society is the national coordinator for the UK.

The call has gone out for contributions to the biennial children’s map competition.


The theme for entries is: "A map of my future world".

General rules for the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2023

Rules for teachers and parents

Entries are invited in four age categories:

  • under 6 years

  • 6–8 years

  • 9–12 years

  • above 12 (13–15) years

Entries must be a flat map, no more than A3 in size, and can be produced by an individual or group of up to three children.


Entries must be accompanied by a form detailing the author and parental permission to allow the map to be reproduced.

Further details of the requirements and copies of the entry forms can be downloaded from the ICA website. See links below.

Please encourage your children, local school, or youth groups to participate.

The following documents are provided for you to use please fill out and include them with your entries:

Parent permission form: the permission form that should be signed by parents or legal representatives

Author data form: an optional data form to be annexed to the drawings selected for the international competition

Entries must be via the national organiser (the BCS), and not directly to the ICA.

Please send submissions for the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2023 to:

c/o Jim Goldsmith BCS Awards Officer

Ordnance Survey

Adanac Drive


United Kingdom

S016 0AS

To arrive no later than 10th April 2023. 

The Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Children's Map Competition, is available to view here.

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