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ICA Map Awards

At the biennial International Cartographic Conferences we organize an International Map Exhibition, where map products originating from ICA member countries are exhibited. An international jury selects the best entries in various categories. Below you can find the winners of the past.

2013

For a full list of map products exhibited during ICC 2013, please check the PDF catalogue. The winning entries are listed below – some of them will be featured in our Map of the Month section.

Maps on paper 1st: Over the Edge in 3D: Death in Grand Canyon, United Kingdom
2nd: Khumbu Himal, Germany, details
3rd: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand, details
Atlases 1st: Atlas De Wit, Belgium
2nd: Circumpolar Health Atlas, Canada, details
3rd: The Chang’E-1 Topographic Atlas of the Moon, China, details
Digital Products 1st: Diercke Globus Online, Germany
2nd: Physical Geography of Ukraine. The 8th grade., Ukraine
3rd: “Back in time” feature on Géoportail, France, details
Educational cartographic products 1st: Jacaranda World History Atlas for the Australian Curriculum, Australia
2nd: Collins World Watch, United Kingdom, details
3rd: Paper-craft 3d map Syowa-Shinzan, Japan
Other cartographic products 1st: Paper Cut Map, China
2nd: Atlas of the World for the blind and visually impaired, Poland
3rd: Smellmap Glasgow, United Kingdom, details
Public vote The World atlas of mountains higher than 8,000 meters, China
Jury members 2013

Jury members

The international jury had the following members:

  • Corné van Elzakker, Chair (The Netherlands)
  • Kaile Bower (USA)
  • Dirk Burghardt, Local Organizer (Germany)
  • Damien Demaj (Australia)
  • Waldirene Ribeiro (Brazil)
  • Manuela Schmidt (Austria)
  • Babak Shamei (Iran)
  • Liu Yaolin (China)

2011

For a full list of map products exhibited during ICC 2011, please check the PDF catalogue. The winning entries are listed below – some of them were featured in our Map of the Month section.

Topographic maps 1st: Bohinj (Julian Alps – Triglav – Krn – Crna Prst), Slovenia, details
2nd: Dolomiti di Brenta, Italy
Maps based on satellite images and Remote Sensing 1st: Bhutan, Austria, details
2nd: Antarctic, Norway
Hydrographic or maritime navigation Charts 1st: Oslo Havn, Norway, details
2nd: Port de Djibouti, France, details
Maps and plans of towns and urban areas 1st: 1:10,000 Street Map (Series SM 10C), Hong Kong, details
2nd: Guide Map of Karaj Municipality Areas, Iran, details
Thematic maps 1st: The Beautiful Game: a world of football, United Kingdom, details
2nd: Geological Map of SADC, South Africa
Maps for tourism 1st: Panoramic Tourist Map of Resort Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, details
2nd: Hiking routes between Salmi and Oittaa, Finland, details
Others 1st: Kii-Kinki 360º Panorama Map, Japan, details
2nd: Carte en Relief d’Afrique, Algeria
Educational cartographic resources 1st: South America, Italy, details
2nd: France Physique – Administrative, Ukraine, details
Atlases 1st: Landscape Atlas of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic, details
2nd: New Zealand Photo Atlas, Australia, details
Atlases: educational cartographic resources 1st: Grosser Kozenn-Atlas, Austria, details
2nd: Jacaranda Atlas, seventh edition, Australia, details
Globes 1st: Globe of the Moon, China
Digital products 1st: Litto 3D sur l’île de Ré et sur les îles Ėparses, France, details
2nd: Katmai National Park and Preserve, USA, details
Digital products: educational cartographic resources 1st: eAtlas of Global Development, United Kingdom, details
2nd: Columbus, school maps, Sweden, details

2009

The winning entries from the ICC 2009 map exhibition are listed below – some of them were featured in our Map of the Month section.

Globes and atlases 1st: Earth, Australia, details
2nd: Census Atlas of the United States, USA, details
Hydrographic or maritime navigation charts 1st: Den Norske Kyst, Værøy-Lofotodden, Chart no. 70, Norway
2nd: SCAN Littoral des côtes de France, France, details
Digital products (maps and digital images) 1st: Geografía Universal Interactiva, Chile, details
1st: Atlas Nacional de España 1986–2008, Spain, details
Maps and plans of towns and urban areas 1st: Beijing Olympic Venues, Tourism and Transport Map, China
2nd: Diorama Kyoto (Spring), Japan
Maps based on satellite images and remote sensing 1st: Parc National des Virunga 1:200,000, Belgium, details
2nd: Cobertura del Suelo 2005 1:10,000,000, Mexico, Canada, USA
Maps for tourism, orientieering and parks 1st: Turistická Mapa – Set of 6 tourist maps, Slovakia
2nd: Red Sea 1:2,000,000, Hungary
Others 1st: New School Maps of Greece, Greece, details
2nd: Panamap Manhattan, USA, details
Thematic maps 1st: Canadian Circumpolar Map, Canada, details
2nd: Carte Géologique des Pyrénées à 1:400,000, Spain, details
Topographic maps 1st: Cordillera Huayhuash (Perú) 1:50,000, Alpenvereinskarte 0/3c, Austria, details
2nd: Carte de Randonnée 4901 Wallis, France, details
Public vote 1st: Les cartes portolanes. La representació medieval d’una mar solcada, Spain, details

2007

In total, 27 countries submitted entries for this exhibition. All entries were displayed and lightened in pavilion 69 of the Exhibition Centre. A catalogue was made available to all conference participants. The best products were selected in 9 categories by an international jury with the following members:

  • Corné van Elzakker, Chair (The Netherlands)
  • Vladimir Zhukovsky (Russia)
  • Cynthia Brewer (USA)
  • Takashi Morita (Japan)
  • Haggai Nyapola (Kenya)
  • Philippe DeMaeyer (Belgium)
  • Miljenko Lapaine (Croatia)
Atlases 1st: Atlas of Moscow, Russia, “Splendid, up-to-date (data from January 2007!) and very complete multimedia representation of Moscow on paper with 2D and 3D maps, anaglyphs, aerial and other photographs, etc.”
1st: National Atlas of Russia. Vol. 2: Nature, ecology, Russia, “Volume 2 of the extensive 15 volumes National Atlas of Russia. Extremely thorough piece of scientific work in the well-known and famous Russian physical geographical tradition.”
2nd: Atlas of Protected Areas of Iran, Iran, “Bi-lingual (Persian and English) well-designed and well-produced atlas which firmly convinces the users of the need to protect natural areas.”
3rd: Estonian Cruising Guide 2006–2007, Estonia, “Atlas of all (small) harbours for yacht sailors in Estonia. For each harbour there is a set of maps at various scales (hydrographic, harbour settlement and hinterland), oblique aerial photographs and text information.”
Hydrographic/Nautical Charts 1st: Central Arctic Basin, Admirality No. 91115, Russia, “Splendid cartographic overview of the Central Arctic Basin with a good colour confrontation.”
2nd: Sankt Anna Archipelago, Sweden, “Very clear and easy-to-read hydrographic map of a complex island area.”
3rd: Korppoo Turku, Finland, “Standard hydrographic map, but with a high standing quality in the representation of a complicated area.”
Multimedia No winners due to technical problems
Recreation and Orienteering Maps 1st: Super bird’s eye view of Asahikawa, Japan, “Very effective annotated virtual reality representation.”
2nd: Cykloatlas Česko, Czech Republic, “User-friendly loose-leaf cycling atlas with all the information required by cyclists, including height profiles and detailed maps and route information.”
3rd: Map and guide of Garajonay National Park, Spain, “Attractive design with a nice representation of the 3rd dimension of the terrain. Deft relief represented with dense contours overlayed by subtle color and texture differences for land cover and land use types. Trails are symbolized with small foot prints in an inviting way that contrasts well with other boundary lines. Label styles are well categorized and slight halos make them readable against detailed park terrain.”
Relief Models and Globes 1st: Physical Globe 1:40,000,000, Russia, “Impressive touchable globe, produced by digital means.”
2nd: Relief model of Catalunya, Spain, “Plastic real 3D relief map with indication of height differences of the sea floor as well.”
3rd: Plastická Mapa Beskydy, Czech Republic, “Good example of a well designd and produced plastic relief model.”
Satellite Images / Satellite Image Maps 1st: Nighttime Lights of the World, USA, “Very didactic representation with an integration of fires and light.”
2nd: From Tärna to Træna, Norway, “Very attractive and appealing satellite image of an area along the Arctic Circle.”
3rd: Moscow from Kosmos, Russia, “Nice integration of remote sensing image and cartographic map.”
Thematic Maps 1st: Carte Géologique harmonisée du département de l’Herault, France, “Well-designed and clear map, with a good colour selection and nice hillshading in the background.”
2nd: Vegetation Map of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, South Africa, “Large map at scale 1:250,000. Map editors have managed to select proper colours for the 435 map units to be represented.”
3rd: Map of Dujiangyan Irrigation Area, China, “Map designers have coped very well with the problem of superimposing various map layers (topography, geological strata, irrigation zones). Traces of streams still appear very clearly.”
Topographic Maps 1st: Topographic map of Aoraki / Mt Cook Alpine Area, New Zealand, “Appealing colours and map design. Good registration on road features. Impressive detailed contouring.”
2nd: National Topographic Map of Campo de Cartagena, Spain, “Example of a well designed and appealing topographical map, which may easily be used for a variety of purposes. Expert use of light textures. Simplified urban block structure establishes road pattern without overpowering design.”
3rd: Topomapa Základni Mapa CR 1:25,000, Czech Republic, “Well designed and produced modern topographic map of high standing. Trail detail meshes well with subtle topographic rendering. Gray and green color use in urban area symbolization is distinctive.”
Urban Maps / Town Plans 1st: Översiktskarta Solna, Sweden, “Beautiful overview map of the town of Solna, obviously based on a user-centered design approach. Well structured use of hues to organize image with brown/ orange/red for urban areas and greens for open areas. The design incorporates detailed hierarchies and shows care in label placement.”
2nd: Irkutsk, Russia, “Modern cartographic representation of the urban area of Irkutsk. The map presents good detail in buildings, and the light colours produce a readable design. Tint bands emphasize boundary locations with an appealing design.”
3rd: Street Directory of Pamplona, Spain, “Well-designed street directory on which measurements can be made easily.”
Other 1st: Geographical Atlas of Europe, Vol. I and II, for blind and visually handicapped people, Poland, “Atlas for blind and visually handicapped people that can also be used by sighted people. Modern production techniques. Complete atlas.”
2nd: Urner Hiking and Bikemap Gotthard, Switzerland, “Mixture of a topographic and recreational map with a very good relief representation, as we know from the Swiss.”
3rd: Map of Census Boundaries, USA, “Map showing the solution to the always difficult problem of showing administrative boundaries for areas at varied levels that nest and intersect, while maintaining contrast with the road and shoreline base information.”

The IHO award for the best entry at hydrographic charts exhibition was won by Australia, with the 2nd and 3rd prizes for Japan and the Netherlands.

2005

A total of 1000 maps were selected from the entries (including hydrographical charts) for the international map exhibition. The best products were selected in 8 categories by an international jury with the following members:

  • Joel Morrison, Chair (USA)
  • Cindy Brewer (USA)
  • Takashi Morita (Japan)
  • Kira Shingareva (Russia)
  • Felicia Akinyemi (Nigeria)
  • Peter Joly (IMYA)
  • Christiane Ramos (Brazil)
  • Lucie Friedmannova (Czech Republic)
  • Fernando Aranaz (Spain)
Topographic Maps 1st: Topographic Map of Bhutan, The Netherlands, “With this map, our Dutch colleagues have introduced a new generation of topographic mapping. This outstanding map gives a vivid visual impression of the surface of the planet. Using Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, SRTM data, with ERDAS imagine 8.7 for mosaicing and shading, ArcGIS 9 enabled cartographic finishing. The results are outstanding.”
2nd: Map of Macao Special Administrative Region and Adjacent Regions, China
3rd: Topographic Map of the Netherlands, Sheet 17 H Emmen, The Netherlands
Thematic Maps 1st: Land Environments of New Zealand, New Zealand, “This poster like map is very visually effective. It uses a collection of maps of different themes and explains how they were combined to provide Land Environments of New Zealand maps.”
2nd: The Population Map, USA
3rd: Sumatra Earthquake, Japan
Satellite Image Maps 1st: Dovrefjell Mountain as seen from Satellite, Norway, “The geometrically corrected satellite image is draped over a DTM and results in a vivid presentation of this mountainous area. The linear features are well depicted and the color choice is outstanding.”
2nd: Overview blockmap sheet for the Land Parcel Identification System LPIS Tokaj and vicinity, Hungary
3rd: Satellitenbildkarte Galle, Austria
Relief 1st: Sierra Nevada Las Alpujarras, Spain, “An impressive combination of hue and shading with physical form that show terrain while text remains easy to read on three dimensional plastic.”
Only one award was given in this category due to the small number of entries.
Recreation and Orienteering Maps 1st: Fife Coastal Path, UK, “This is a complete map guide. All the essential information for walkers is presented in an easy to read and carry format on compact waterproof paper in full color.”
2nd: Monte Bianco excursion map, Italy
3rd: ANWB=VVV Topographic bicycle map Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
Globes and Atlases 1st: Urbes Finlandiae, The Historical Atlas of Finnish Towns, Finland, “This atlas shows the development of Finnish towns using two to five maps each. The layout is outstanding and the accompanying text clearly explains the development of each town.”
2nd: Maps of Europe 1520 to 2001, Hungary
3rd: Geographical Atlas of Poland, Poland
Urban Maps 1st: City of Toronto Building Construction Data, Canada, “This map is a snapshot of growth trends in the city using yearly building information from assessment data. It has high legibility of the phenomena with brilliant color, simple design of map symbols, and appropriate map scale.”
2nd: Wroclaw plus 8. City Map, Poland
3rd: Town Map Series Tuen Mun and Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Other 1st: Drawing Book of Siberia, compiled by Simon Remezov in the year 1701, Russia, “This is a very interesting collection of drawings prepared originally on the order of Peter the Great. Great care has been exercised in reproducing each of the drawings. It is a superbly rendered compilation. A companion volume of text is part of this entry.”
2nd: Model of Continental Drift, Chile
3rd: South Up Finger Map, Japan

2003

The jury reviewed 825 maps and atlases, including 37 multimedia items, to pick what they thought were the best in the various categories. The cartographic materials were produced over the past two years, since the previous conference held in Beijing, China, in 2001. The number of maps submitted by countries ranged from two from Portugal to 84 from Russia with Spain and the United Kingdom close behind with 82 each. The only other countries exhibiting more than 40 maps were Poland (46) and the United States (58). In addition to the jury vote there was also a public vote. The international jury consisted of:

  • William Cartwright, Chair (Australia)
  • Magda Roos, Secretary (South Africa)
  • Anne Hegner (Sweden)
  • Cindy Brewer (USA)
  • Kira Shingareva (Russia)
  • Takashi Morita (Japan)
  • Chris Board (UK)
  • Li Li (China)
Atlases Jury: Atlas of Prague – integrated city transport, Czech Republic
Public: Atlas of the contemporary history of China China
Multimedia Jury: Atlas of Oregon, USA
Jury+Public: Atlas of Switzerland – interactive 2, Switzerland
Parks and Recreation Jury: Cycle map Usedom/Wollin, Germany
Public: Alps without frontiers no. 16 “Petit St. Bernard/Mont-Blanc”, Switzerland
Relief Models Jury+Public: Relief map of Iberian Peninsula, Balearics and Canarys Islands, Spain
Jury: True 3D Map of Granatspitz Massif, Salzburg Alps, Austria, Germany
Satellite Image Maps Jury: Satellite Image of Australia – Landsat 7, Australia
Public: Nighttime lights of the World 1994–1995, USA
Scientific Maps Jury: International Metallogenic Map of Africa, France
Public: European-Mediterranean Seismic Hazard Map, Spain
Topographic Maps Jury: County map of Rogaland, Norway
Jury: Map of the Autonomous region of Valencia, Spain
Jury+Public: Guide map of Sierra Nevada – “Las Alpujarras”, Spain
Urban Maps Jury: Urban Topographic Cartography, Spain
Public: Berlin, China
Tactile Maps Jury: Tactile map of Ljubljana city, Slovenia
Other Jury: Map of Russia, Russia

2001

The international jury consisted of:

  • Li Li
  • Ferjan Ormeling
  • Fan Yi
  • Vladimir Tikunov
  • Sjef van der Steen
  • Alexander Wolodtschenko
  • Fan Jingsheng
  • Timothy Trainor
  • Ron Furness
  • Eva K.-Blum
  • Menno-Jan Kraak
Topographic maps Sheet 15, Antwerpen, of the new digitally produced topographic map series 1:50,000 of Belgium, NGI, Belgium
Nautical charts and bathymetric maps Bathymetry of Lake Ontario, NOAA, USA
Geological maps Geological map of Russia and adjacent areas, Russia
Urban maps Top Swiss Erlebniskarte St. Moritz, Switzerland
Satellite Image Maps Landscape map of the Karkonosze National Park, Poland
Recreation and orienteering maps Mapa Excursionista Gavarnie-Ordesa, Spain
Atlases The National Physical Atlas of China, China
Globes Illuminated Political Globe (in Chinese and English-language versions), China
Other National Geographic “Millennium in maps” map supplements (esp. Biodiversity), USA

IHO Map Exhibition Award: The Jury of the IHO map exhibition award consisted of Radm Giuseppe Angrisano (IHB President,Chairman), Ron Furness (Chairman of the ICA Commission on Marine Cartography), Harold Moellering (Chairman of the ICA Commission on Spatial Data Standards), Wang Jinfu (Depity-Director of the Maritime Safety Administration of China) and Michel Huet (IHB Professional Assistant for Cartography). The winner was the Maritime Safety Administration, China.

1995

Topographic Maps Alta Ribagorça-05. Mapa comarcal de Catalunya 1:50,000, Spain
Grande Comore. Pays et villes du monde. 1:50,000, France
New World Edition: Vorder Asien 1:2,000,000, Germany
Thematic Maps Historical Atlas of Canada, Canada
Bedrock Geology of the Bunger Hills-Denman Glacier Region, Australia
Image Maps Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Carta de imagen satelitaria de la República Argentina 1:250,000, Argentina
Nautical Charts and Marine Maps Japan

 

  • Brian Addison says:

    Some beautiful maps and implementations there. As a collector of over 20 years I still love a good 3D Relief Map above any other type of mapping. There is something about their tactile nature that I can’t deny.

    30 April 2013 at 11:18 am

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