15. 01. 2007.

Children's World Map 2007
A Call to the Competition

The Barbara Petchenik Award 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 worked through her life with maps related to 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 an ICA conference, preferably at least one for each continent, with special consideration to the age of the child producing the drawing - map.

Rules of the competition

ICA member nations will collect maps, on the theme Many Nations - One World, produced by children less than 16 years of age. The international judging will focus on three criteria: 1) a recognizable message, 2) cartographic content, and 3) the quality of execution.

The maximum size of a map must not exceed A3 (420 mm × 297 mm). Any number of "systems of projection" can be used to generate the coastlines and other base material (e.g. international boundaries and graticule). These can include tracing or copying an existing world map or using a computer program.

Each map must have the following information on a label attached to the back side of the representation: the name, age, school address and country of its author, and the title in either English or French, as well as in Croatian.

The winning entries will be submitted to the UNICEF International Art Committee by the ICA Executive for consideration as greeting card designs. Any participant agrees that his/her representation may be reproduced by ICA, UNICEF or the Croatian Cartographic Society without consultation or copyright fees.

Competition maps are archived at the Carleton University's Map Library in Canada and are being prepared for web viewing (see The Croatian Cartographic Society performs the competition in Croatia. The entries should be sent to the Croatian coordinator's address:

Dr. Ivka Kljajic
Croatian Cartographic Society
Kaciceva 26
HR-10000 Zagreb

until May 1, 2007.

All required information are available by calling +385 1 46 39 182, fax +385 1 48 28 081 or by e-mail: The best five entries from Croatia on the theme Many Nations - One World are going to be exhibited at the International Children's Drawings Exhibition during the 23rd International Cartographic Conference in Moscow, Russian Federation, August 4 . 10, 2007. Croatia's participation so far has been successful at the exhibitions in Barcelona (1995), Stockholm (1997), Ottawa (1999), Beijing (2001), Durban (2003) and A Coru.a (2005). The drawing exhibited in Barcelona Once is not enough - Recycle by Marinko Cirkvencic was included in the Children Draw the World UNICEF poster, and the other one, exhibited in Stockholm, Compass Card by Anita Matkovic, was one of the winners. The drawing exhibited in Beijing World Map by Ranko Vukovic was selected as an illustration on the title page of the Elements of Spatial Data Quality book (originally edited by S. C. Guptill and J. L. Morrison, translated by D. Tutic and M. Lapaine), published by the State Geodetic Administration in Zagreb in 2001. Eco map of the World by Amela Kicic exhibited in Beijing was included as an illustration in the table calendar that was published on the occasion of the International Cartographic Conference in Durban in 2003 by the Council of Geoscience from South Africa in cooperation with ICA. Six childrens' drawings from Croatia were published in the book titled Children Map the World edited by J. M. Anderson, J. Atwal, P. Wiegand and A. Auringer Wood. The book was published in 2005 by ESRI Press, Redlands, California. Competition drawing for the exhibition in Durban My Island by Ivana Milicevic was selected as an illustration on the cover page of the journal Kartografija i geoinformacije (Cartography and Geoinformation), No. 5. The 2005 submissions can be viewed at

Ivka Kljajic