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

Call for Posters

The Nevada Geographic Information Society invites you to participate in the poster contest at this year's conference. Submissions will be judged in the following categories: Artographic, Cartographic, Smartographic--and a new category, Retrographic. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category for professional submissions; student submissions will be judged to 1st and 2nd place. All conference attendees will be able to cast a vote for their selection of the People's Choice Award. Map displays will be located throughout the vendor area during the conference. Share the results of your work and show us your creativity!



Poster Entry Requirements

  • 1. You must be registered for the conference to participate in the poster contest.
  • 2. Posters must be no larger than 48" (landscape or portrait).
  • 3. Download and complete the poster entry form.
  • 4. Submit the completed entry form to no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 12, 2018. Walk in posters are welcome if space is available.
  • 5. Bring your printed poster to the conference registration booth by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2018.

Poster Entry Form Information

  • Title
  • Contestant Category:
    • Professional - any person currently working in the field of GIS
    • Student - any person currently taking GIS classes who has never been employed as a GIS professional
  • Poster Category: Artographic, Cartographic, Smartographic, Retrographic (see descriptions below)
  • Author: Names of all persons involved in poster creation
  • Agency, company or educational institution
  • Abstract: Provide a brief description of your poster. If you have an Smartographic entry, please describe your analysis process here.

Poster Categories

All poster categories are open to both professionals and students.


  • 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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