Nevada Geographic
 Information Society


NGIS promotes professionalism, cooperation, mutual assistance and sharing of
knowledge and experience related to the advancement of geographic information
and spatial data technologies within the state of Nevada.

2018 NGIS Conference - Whitney Peak Hotel - October 16-18, 2018 - Reno, Nevada


Poster Categories


  • Purpose: To display visual superiority.
  • Judging criteria: Poster showing the greatest conformance to the standards of art and satisfying aesthetic requirements of visual presentation of GIS information.


  • Purpose: To display the finest poster, poster set or atlas utilizing industry-recognized cartographic techniques.
  • Judging criteria: Poster conveying its information most effectively, with clearly identifiable and focused cartographic elements displayed in a graphically pleasing manner and drawn at an appropriate scale and accuracy level.


  • Purpose: To display the analytical capabilities of geographic information systems, showing the most innovative, intriguing, and technically sound use of GIS for analysis. Smartographic poster entries should clearly demonstrate to the viewer the reason(s) why a particular analytical process was chosen.
  • Judging criteria: Poster displaying best use of analysis while utilizing visual elements effectively that present the analysis process, and showing arguments for soundness of method(s) used.


  • Purpose: To display a cartographic technique used by the pioneers of mapmaking and today’s GIS. Hand lettering, Leroy lettering, shading with colored pencils to name a just few. Enlighten us with the past practices of the master map makers. This will be a fun exercise – so be creative and relish the current state of affairs.

Judging and Awards

Contestant posters will be judged the first day of the conference. Posters submitted by students will be displayed and judged separately from posters submitted by GIS professionals. Awards will be given out during the closing luncheon. All poster contest participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. One poster (or set of posters) having the most votes from conference attendees will win the People's Choice Award. One ballot per conference attendee will be allowed for the People's Choice Award.

Posters must be retrieved by the end of the conference.


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