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A Lithuanian Winner in an International Children's Map-Making Competition


Pijus Jokubaitis, 15 years old: "Virtual Reality," winner of the 2021 ICA "Creativity" award


The Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition was created by the International Cartographic Association in 1993 as a memorial for 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.


In December 13-17, 2021 178 children’s drawings on the theme "My Future World" from 32 member countries -- including Lithuania -- were displayed in four categories at the Italian Geographic Military Institute in Florence: http://www.observo360.com/icadrawingexhibition/ An international jury organized by José Jesús Reyes Nunez (Hungary), Vice-chair of the ICA Commission on Cartography and Children, selected 12 awards in four age categories: Under 6, 6 - 8, 9 - 12, and 13 - 15. In addition, a creativity award and a public award were selected. Here are the submissions to the international competition by country and by age group: https://vanderkrogt.net/petchenik/


The Lithuanian Cartographic Society (LKD) https://lietuvoskartografija.lt/ holds its own contest every two years to select six drawings to be submitted to the international society. Here are their (and my) winners:

LKD Under 6 map winner (I added a private award): Elzė Marija Jakubėnaitė, 4: "Mes viena šeima" (We Are One Family)


LKD 6-8 map winner: Evita Babaraitytė, 7: "Šiukšlė" (Rubbish)


I gave a private award to: Leva Černiavskytė, 6: "Mūsų didelis pasaulis" (Our Big World)


LKD 9-12 map co-winner (I added a private award): Simonas Mickevičius, 11: "Pasaulis yra lobis" (The World is a Treasure)


LKD 9-12 map co-winner: Sida Burokaitė, 12: "Ateities pasaulis" (Future World)


LKD 9-12 map co-winner: Elzė Adomaitytė, 11: "Atostogos kosmose" (Vacation in Space)


I gave private awards to two submissions on an environmental theme:

My # 1 environmental map winner: Guoda Serstabojevaitė, 10: "Sveik zemelė, sveik" (Hello Earth, Hello)


My # 2 environmental map winner: Emilis Ragauskas, 6: "Švarinkžemę" (Clean Earth)


Know residents of Lithuania with children who'll be under 16 in 2023 who might want to submit a map for the next competition by the LKD? Here's the LKD page and contact information: https://www.geoportal.lt/geoportal/web/mokslo-populiarinimas/vaiku-piesiniu-konkursas

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