Visualizing My Earth: About the Contest

Visualizing My Earth Challenge

The American Geosciences Institute and the Center for Geoscience and Society are establishing a visualization contest as a continuing part of Earth Science Week 2015. The contest invites visual representations of natural phenomena from a geoscience perspective.

The Visualizing My Earth Challenge asks students to apply their Earth science knowledge to an exisiting photo in a way that represents data visually. 

Participation Process

  • Begin with a photographic or computer-generated still image that is preexisting or is one that is the entrant’s original work. This two-dimensional image can be one created by the entrant or can be an image that is in the public domain. Several sources of public domain images are recommended for entrants, though other sources also can be used. All entrants will be required to tell the source of their image, and to verify that it is either original or is in the public domain.
  • For entries that begin with a public domain image, entrants will use computer-based, hand-drawn, or other techniques to modify the image. Entrants can also submit their own original unmodified visualization. All entries are intended to enhance the viewer’s ability to visualize a part of one or more Earth systems in important ways.
  • Write a statement of up to 200 words describing how the visualization was made, what it shows, how data (numeric or non-numeric) play a role in the image, and why visualizing the Earth system(s) in this way is important.
  • Register as a contest entrant at:
  • Follow the instructions for submitting one entry per person at:
  • NOTE: Contestants under the age of 18 will need a parent's or legal guardian's permission to enter the contest. Contestants under the age of 18 must download, complete, and have their parent or legal guardian sign a permission form and submit it with entry. 
  • Entry submission constitutes unrestricted permission for AGI to make use of the image in any electronic, print, or other form for commercial, non-commercial, and promotional applications.


  • The top three winning entries in each category (Secondary School, and Post-Secondary Education) will receive a cash prize: First place, $300; Second place, $200; Third place, $100. Also, the winner’s visualization will appear on the Earth Science Week website and be publicized in various program media.
  • As well, each winning entrant (at all levels and both categories) can provide the name and contact information for one teacher to receive a set of Earth science teaching materials and professional resources.
  • Payment of prizes is subject to applicable laws and taxes. AGI will make every effort to make payment of prizes to all winners, including international winners, unless this should prove unfeasible.
  • Feasibility of payment will be determined by AGI staff, whose judgment is final. 


Entrants may be asked to verify eligibility of entrant and image qualifications. Verification is subject to approval by AGI staff.

All decisions regarding eligibility and qualifications for entries to be considered valid for judging will be made by AGI staff and are final.

Please see complete guidelines on the Visualizing My Earth Challenge website upon contest registration.