GeoAI Prompt Contest: Visioning Grand Challenges for Humanity and Earth

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In celebration of Geography Awareness Week 2023 (November 13-17), the Department of Geography and GeoDat: Society for Geo-Data Science are pleased to host the GeoAI Prompt Contest. By harnessing generative Artificial Intelligence, the contest fosters deep reflection and artistic expression concerning pressing issues such as climate change, food security, social and economic inequality, globalization, and more. These challenges underscore the vital role geography holds in shaping our shared future. We can elucidate these challenges for Humanities and the Earth with AI, raising awareness of their significance and urgency.

Participants: Open to all University of Washington students, faculty, and staff.

Key Dates

  • Contest begins: October 25
  • Submission cutoff: November 9
  • Winners announced: November 15

Participation Procedure

Interested participants are advised to initiate their submissions by accessing one of the specified generative AI platforms: DALL·E 3, Midjourney, or Bing Image Creator. Upon successful login, the objective is to design an image that effectively encapsulates one of the pressing challenges confronting humanity, society, or the Earth. Following the creation of the artwork, participants are directed to our designated submission portal for official entry. A panel of experts from the University of Washington will evaluate the submissions. The most compelling artworks will be accorded recognition and will be prominently displayed on the official UW Geography website for broader academic and public engagement.

Submission Requirements

  • Artwork Format: Entries should be in JPG, PNG, or GIF formats. The minimum resolution for submissions should be 1024x1024 pixels.
  • Create artworks using generative AI tools, such as DALL·E 3, MidJourney, and Bing Image Creator. If unfamiliar with these tools, it's advised to explore their official documentation and tutorials, ensuring adherence to their guidelines and best practices.

  • Artworks should be original creations of the participants. Plagiarized content or content that infringes on another's intellectual property rights will not be accepted.

  • Submit your artwork in this Google Form after logging in with a UW NetID.

Submit your artwork

Judging: A University of Washington expert panel will assess entries, pinpointing those that best encapsulate the grand challenges.

Announcement: Awarded artworks will be featured on the UW Department of Geography website.


  • 1st Place:  $100 gift card. 
  • 2nd Place: $75 gift card. 
  • 3rd Place: $50 gift card. 

Join us in the convergence of AI and artistry. Illuminate solutions and pathways in confronting our grand challenges. Your insightful contributions are keenly anticipated!

Queries or further clarifications? Professor Bo Zhao is available at

Example Submissions