My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition

Image including CGA logo and title of contest: "My California GIS Mapping SHowcase and Competition for 4th-12th grades"

The 2020-21 edition of the “My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition” will be the 5th running of this annual event. This exciting statewide opportunity encourages middle (4th-8th grade) and high school (9th-12th grade) students to harness the power of Geographic Information Systems and get connected with their state by producing an online map that focuses on stories, issues, or ideas that are important to them. Esri is providing $1,000 in prize money that will be distributed to the students producing the top five projects in each grade-level category. The top project in each category will also be advanced to the national competition.

Schools register for the competition here.  Note: Please access registration form using Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge/Explorer web browsers.    

  • For schools who would like to participate in the mentoring program, registrations are due before midnight on Friday, January 29, 2021. If available, GIS professionals will provide feedback on students’ projects.
  • The regular registration deadline is midnight on Friday, March 12, 2021.
This graphic shows the key dates for schools to submit contest registration: January 29 for early registration and access to mentoring; March 12 for regular registration; April 16 for submission of entries.
This graphic includes contest dates and rules (which are also listed in text form on the contest rules page).
For the detailed contest rules and judging criteria, go here.

GIS Professionals and Professors, sign up to become a mentor and/or judge by emailing camapcomp@gmail.comMentoring will occur during March, and judging will occur in late April through early May.

Contact Dr. Waverly Ray at with questions about the contest.

Find resources to help you and your students develop their projects here.

See previous years’ winners and honorable mentions here.