Copernicus Masters competition: revealing humankind’s footprint

18 March 2013

In its third year, the Copernicus Masters competition – previously known as the GMES Masters – opens once again. Submissions are now being accepted for the first challenge that asks participants to demonstrate how satellites show humans’ impact on our planet.

The Copernicus Masters rewards the best ideas for services, business cases and applications based on satellite Earth observation data. With a prize pool of € 350 000 in cash prizes, technical support, data packages and business incubation, it aims to foster product development and entrepreneurship in Europe.

Initiated in 2011 by ESA, the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, the DLR German Aerospace Center, Anwendungszentrum Oberpfaffenhofen and T-Systems GmbH, the competition is supported by the European Commission, European Space Imaging GmbH, Astrium GEO-Information Services and the BMW Group.

The international monthly magazine GEO now joins as the competition’s new media partner, seeking the best illustrations based on satellite images under the GEO Illustration Challenge ‘Traces of Humankind’.

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Contestants will be asked to illustrate humankind's footprint on our planet – from past to current developments – in vivid, artistic ways based on satellite imagery.

ESA is teaming up with DLR, European Space Imaging and Astrium GEO-Information Services to provide free satellite data to the contestants of this category.

Submissions for the GEO Illustration Challenge are being accepted from now to the end of June. Submissions to the other eight challenge categories begin in May and June.

For more information, visit the Copernicus Masters website.

‘Copernicus’ is the new name for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme.

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