Esri and the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) have launched an International Conservation Mapping Competition to recognize those involved in conservation initiatives. The competition is open to all nonprofit conservation groups and the individuals who support them. A total of $10,000 in prize money will be awarded for categories including best traditional cartography, best interactive Web map, best use of science, best societal impact and best innovation, as well as a grand prize for the best exemplification of conservation mapping. Winners will be announced in the summer 2011 issue of Conservation Magazine.

Exhibition plans for accepted maps include a featured display with SCGIS and the Society for Conservation Biology at the Esri International User Conference, July 11–15, 2011, in San Diego. Entries must be created using Esri GIS as a primary tool, and an essay describing the map is required with each entry. The deadline to receive entries has been extended to 11:59 p.m. (PST) March 18, 2011. More details and the online entry form can be found at