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President’s Blog #13e: ICA Map Awards at the 30th ICC

Dear ICA Colleagues,

At every biennial International Cartographic Conferences an International Map Exhibition is organized by ICA, where map products originating from ICA member countries and affiliate members are exhibited. An international jury selects the best entries in various categories.

From 13–17 December 2021 a total of 410 maps and related objects from 32 ICA members were displayed at the Italian Geographic Military Institute in Florence. As usual, the exhibition was open to the public and well visited during all day. A virtual exhibition can still be viewed at geografia-applicata.it.

An international jury selected 18 awards in six categories, reaching from Maps on Panels, Charts on Panels, Atlases, Digital Products and Educational Products, to Other Products. In addition, a popular vote was conducted online, which resulted in 8 additional awards for six categories. All map awards were presented by the jury at the Closing Ceremony on 18 December in the beautiful Sala Pegaso in Palazzo Guadagni Strozzi Sacrati.

Screenshots of the winning entries are presented below:

Maps on panels

1st place: La Réunion (France)

1st place: La Réunion (France)

2nd place: Regional Map of the Canary Islands (Spain)

2nd place: Regional Map of the Canary Islands (Spain)

3rd place: Central Tokyo (Japan)

10,000 Topographic Map «Central Tokyo» in commemoration of the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor

3rd place: Central Tokyo (Japan)

Popular vote: The Topographic Plan of Aluniș Estate – property of the Bazau Diocese (Romania)

Popular vote: The Topographic Plan of Aluniș Estate (Romania)

Atlases

1st place: The Atlas of Unusual Borders (United Kingdom)

1st place: The Atlas of Unusual Borders (United Kingdom)

2nd place: State of Israel – 70 years of Statistics, Historical Statistical Atlas 1948-2018 (Israel)

2nd place: State of Israel - 70 years of Statistics (Israel)

3rd place: Atlas of the Invisible (United Kingdom)

3rd place: Atlas of the Invisible (United Kingdom)

Popular vote: National Atlas of Hungary – Society (Hungary)

Popular vote: National Atlas of Hungary - Society (Hungary)

Digital products

1st place: 3D Map Aosta (Italy)

1st place: 3D Map Aosta (Italy)

2nd place: The migrations of the American South, 1790-2010 (United States)

2nd place: The migrations of the American South, 1790-2010 (United States)

3rd place: Edugeo – Module Minetest/Kidscode for education on natural risk (France)

3rd place: Edugeo – Module Minetest/Kidscode for education on natural risk (France)

Popular vote: Swisstopo Vector Tiles (Switzerland)

Popular vote: Swisstopo Vector Tiles (Switzerland)

Educational cartographic products

1st place: Thematic Mapping: 101 inspiring ways to visualize empirical data (United States)

1st place: Thematic Mapping (United States)

2nd place: Geoexplorer (Spain)

2nd place: Geoexplorer (Spain)

3rd place: Magnetic Hand-painted Map of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)

3rd place: Magnetic Hand-painted Map of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)

Popular vote: Mini-map of the World 1:100 Mio. (Germany)

Popular vote: Mini-map of the World 1:100 Mio. (Germany)

Charts on panels

1st place: Aeronautical chart (Finland)

1st place: Aeronautical chart (Finland)

2nd place: Puerto de Santander 4011 INT 1852 (Spain)

2nd place: Puerto de Santander 4011 INT 1852 (Spain)

3rd place: Fox Islands Thorofare – Stand-in point to Birch Island (United States)

3rd place: Fox Islands Thorofare – Stand-in point to Birch Island (United States)

Popular votes:
Augusta Harbour (Italy)

Popular vote: Augusta Harbour (Italy)

Hand cut depth model of the Isle of Wight (United Kingdom)

Popular vote: Hand cut depth model of the Isle of Wight (United Kingdom)

Approach to Cagliari (Italy)

Popular vote: Approach to Cagliari (Italy)

Other cartographic products

1st place: Geographical atlas of Belarus for the blind and visually impaired (Poland)

1st place: Geographical atlas of Belarus for the blind and visually impaired (Poland)

2nd place: L’Histoire de la Belgique en 100 cartes anciennes (Belgium)

2nd place: L'Histoire de la Belgique en 100 cartes anciennes (Belgium)

3rd place: The vividness of cartography – Andermatt and Matterhorn (Switzerland)

3rd place: The vividness of cartography – Andermatt and Matterhorn (Switzerland)

Popular vote: Booklet «To the 100th Anniversary of the State Cartographic and Geodetic Service. History pages» (Russia)

Popular vote: 100th Anniversary of the State Cartographic and Geodetic Service (Russia)

The ICA warmly congratulates all the winners and thanks them for submitting so many exhibits in these difficult times!

– Thomas Schulz
Secretary General & Treasurer ICA

Recipients of the ICA Map Awards 2019

At the biennial International Cartographic Conferences, ICA organizes an International Map Exhibition, where map products originating from ICA member countries are exhibited. An international jury selects the best entries in six categories; in addition, there is also a public vote. Please find the winners of the ICA Map Awards 2019 below.

Atlases

3rd place: Atlas of Poland’s Political Geography (Poland)

3rd: Atlas of Poland's Political Geography (Poland)

2nd place: Graphical Statistical Atlas of Switzerland 1897–20 (Switzerland)

2nd place: Graphical Statistical Atlas of Switzerland 1897-20

1st place: National Atlas of Hungary (Hungary)

A comprehensive, and detailed atlas. The cartography is lavish and sets Hungary’s natural environment in its human context. The maps are accompanied by numerous well presented graphs, text and infographics.

1st place: National Atlas of Hungary (Hungary)

Digital products

3rd place: Water Rhyme in Gusu (China)

2nd place: Caydence (United Kingdom)

2nd place: Caydence (United Kingdom)

1st place: Politics of Remembrance 1945–2015 (Austria)

A rich map-based portal to explore the memorial landscape of Vienna. The maps are beautifully designed and positioned within a very well constructed application to give the user multiple ways to interact.

Educational cartographic products

3rd place: Statistical Maps: Data Elaboration and Presentation (Poland)

3rd place: Statistical Maps: Data Elaboration and Presentation (Poland)

2nd place: TouchIt3D Tactile Maps (Czech Republic)

2nd place: TouchIt3D Tactile Maps (Czech Republic)

1st place: Cartography. (USA-Esri)

A bit big to take on a plane.

1st place: Cartography. (USA-Esri)

Other cartographic products

3rd place: 3D model of Domnica Cave (Czech Republic)

3rd place: 3D model of Domnica Cave (Czech Republic)

2nd place: Transparent globes (China)

2nd place: Transparent globes (China)

1st place: Map Data Provision Products (Japan)

Incorporating maps into the design of various products is not new but when done well, creates interesting and attractive items. Cartographers will certainly be keen to be seen in these shoes!

1st place: Map Data Provision Products (Japan)

Charts on panels

3rd place: Abords et port de I’île Saint-Pierre (France)

3rd place: Abords et port de I'île Saint-Pierre (France)

2nd place: Tokyo Wan (Japan)

2nd place: Tokyo Wan (Japan)

1st place: The map of Northern Sea Area (China)

Highly colourful and visually stunning, this 3D depiction uses novel technology to provide a rich, immersive experience. Symbols are clear and the depth cues work well at different viewing angles.

1st place: ZThe map of Northern Sea Area (China)

Maps on panels

3rd place: The Melbourne Map (Australia)

3rd place: The Melbourne Map (Australia)

2nd place: Ecological Area Map of the Estuary Wetland of Dagu River (China)

2nd place: Ecological Area Map of the Estuary Wetland of Dagu River (China)

1st place: Fimbulheimen in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica (Norway)

A huge map portraying a 600km Antarctic mountain range. The size of the map juxtaposes the sparse, barren, yet stunning landscape that skilfully combines satellite imagery with exquisite typography. Beautiful cartography.

1st place: Fimbulheimen in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica (Norway)

Public Vote: Water Rhyme in Gusu (China)

 

Congratulations to all winners!

 

The international jury this year at ICC2019 was co-chaired by Kenneth Field and Ian Muehlenhaus. Further jury members were:

  • Kenneth Field and Ian Muehlenhaus
  • Temenoujka Bandrova
  • William Cartwright
  • Serena Coetzee
  • Igor Drecki
  • David Fairbairn
  • Georg Gartner
  • Amy Griffin
  • Anja Hopfstock
  • Lorenz Hurni
  • Antoni Moore
  • Dušan Petrovic
  • Hiroshi Une
  • Nonoko Tsukada

 

For a full list of map products exhibited during ICC2019, please check the PDF catalogue.

Recipients of the ICA Map Awards 2017

At the biennial International Cartographic Conferences, ICA organizes an International Map Exhibition, where map products originating from ICA member countries are exhibited. An international jury selects the best entries in six categories; in addition, there is also a public vote.

The international jury this year at ICC2017 was chaired by Kenneth Field (UK), who is also the Chair of the ICA Commission on Map Design. Further jury members were: 

  • Antoni Moore, New Zealand
  • David Fairbairn, United Kingdom
  • Paulo Menezes, Brazil
  • William Cartwright, Australia
  • Lorenz Hurni, Switzerland
  • Dirk Burghardt, Germany
  • Dušan Petrovič, Slovenia
  • Serena Coetzee, South Africa
  • Rosemary Wardley, USA (LOC)

Please find the winners of the ICA Map Awards 2017 below.

Atlases

3rd place: Grand Topographic Atlas of Catalonia 1:25,000 (Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya)

3rd: Grand Topographic Atlas of Catalonia 1:25,000 (Institut Cartografic i Geologic de Catalunya)

2nd place: Tactile Atlas of Switzerland (Switzerland)

2nd place: Tactile Atlas of Switzerland (Switzerland)

1st place: The National Atlas of Korea I (Republic of Korea)

A comprehensive, large format and very detailed atlas. The maps are well proportioned, clear and discernible. The highest quality throughout, accompanied by considerable graphs, accompanying text and infographics.

1st place: The National Atlas of Korea I (Republic of Korea)

Public Vote: Swiss World Atlas 2017 Ed. (Switzerland)

Public Vote: Swiss World Atlas 2017 Ed. (Switzerland)

Digital products

3rd place & Public Vote: Atlas of Switzerland online (Switzerland)

3rd place & Public Vote: Atlas of Switzerland online (Switzerland)

2nd place: Augmented Reality App Swissarena (Switzerland)

2nd place: Augmented Reality App Swissarena (Switzerland)

1st place: Minecraft® on Demand (France)

A wonderful mix of the real world and the popular world of Minecraft. An innovative idea that is superbly executed. Intuitive and playable cartography!

1st place: Minecraft® on Demand (France)
 

Educational cartographic products

3rd place & Public Vote: 3D Relief of Czechia (Czechia)

3rd place and public vote: 3D Relief of Czechia (Czechia)

2nd place: Historical Atlas of Poland for blind and visually impaired (Poland)

2nd place: Historical Atlas of Poland for blind and visually impaired (Poland)

1st place: genderATlas goes school (Austria)

A very well thought through mini-atlas that explores gender issues for women and men. This version specifically aimed at school children to promote understanding of equality and support research initiatives.

1st place: genderATlas goes school (Austria)
 

Other cartographic products

3rd place: Canton Berne – 3D printed Terrain Model, 1:25,000 (Switzerland)

3rd place: Canton Berne – 3D printed Terrain Model, 1:25,000 (Switzerland)

2nd place & Public Vote: Canal Full Map Long Scroll (China)

2nd place & public vote: 2nd place Canal Full Map Long Scroll (China)

2nd place & public vote: 2nd place Canal Full Map Long Scroll (China)

1st place: Psychogeography in the age of the quantified self (Germany)

Personal cartographies modelled from mental maps and movement data. A stylish form that builds art from the digital capture of our everyday activities.

1st place: Psychogeography in the age of the quantified self (Germany)
 

Charts on panels

3rd place: IFR Enroute Low Altitude – Alaska L-1 (Esri)

3rd place: IFR Enroute Low Altitude - Alaska L-1 (Esri)

2nd place: Stavanger Harbor with Seaward approaches (chart no. 455) (Norway)

2nd place: Stavanger Harbor with Seaward approaches (chart no. 455) (Norway)

1st place: Zhenghe Navigational Chart with an Ancient vs. Modern Comparison (China)

Innovative representation displaying two contrasting but exquisite cartographic styles, complemented by the rich, high quality materials.

1st place: Zhenghe Navigational Chart with an Ancient vs. Modern Comparison (China)

Public Vote: VFR Aeronautical Chart of the Republic of Slovenia (Slovenia)

Public vote: VFR Aeronautical Chart of the Republic of Slovenia (Slovenia)
 

Maps on panels

3rd place: Jenny Lake Hiking Map (USA)

3rd place: Jenny Lake Hiking Map (USA)

2nd place: The Olivine Wilderness (New Zealand)

2nd place: The Olivine Wilderness (New Zealand)

1st place: Relief MASSIF DU MONT BLANC (France)

A beautiful moulded model of Mont Blanc. The map content is well printed, avoiding significant stretching, yielding an evocative 3D, detailed product.

1st place: Relief MASSIF DU MONT BLANC (France)

Public Vote: Blue and White Dream (China)

Public vote: Blue and White Dream (China)
 

Congratulations to all winners!

All winners will be contacted to be featured in our Map of the Month section over the course of the next two years. For a full list of map products exhibited during ICC 2015, please check the PDF catalogue.

Photos and jury statements provided by Ken Field.

How to win an ICA Map Award

We received several questions on how to submit a map for consideration of an ICA Map Award, so we would like to give you some details on the process:

At each International Cartographic Conference, an International Cartographic Exhibition is organized, where map products originating from ICA national members and ICA affiliate members are exhibited. The maps sent to the exhibition are authorized and selected by the ICA national or affiliate member. An international jury then selects the best exhibits in various categories.

The next International Cartographic Conference will take place in Washington, D.C., USA, 2–7 July 2017. The deadline for national representatives to nominate maps for the cartographic exhibition is 16 May, 2017. All exhibited material must have been edited or modified after August 2015 (the date of the last ICC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). More details can be found in the Guide for Participation in the International Cartographic Exhibition.

Each country may have different policies regarding the coordination of the exhibit materials. However, if you know a cartographically excellent product, which might be worth a map award, please make your national representative aware of it!

We are looking forward to a broad range of high-quality entries.

 
1st place paper maps, 2015: 3D Map Longyearbyen and environs (Norway)

ICA Map Awards 2015: 1st place paper maps – 3D Map Longyearbyen and environs (Norway). An overview of all winners of the ICA Map Awards 2015 can be found here.

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Recipients of the ICA Map Awards 2015

At the biennial International Cartographic Conferences, ICA organizes an International Map Exhibition, where map products originating from ICA member countries are exhibited. An international jury selects the best entries in five categories. 

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The international jury this year at ICC2015 was chaired by Kenneth Field (UK), who is also the Chair of the ICA Commission on Map Design. Further jury members were: Derek Clarke, South Africa | Amy Griffin, Australia | Anja Hopfstock, Germany | Lorenz Hurni, Switzerland | Alexander Kent, United Kingdom | Takashi Morita, Japan | Anthony Robinson, USA | Vit Vozenilek, Czeck Republic | João Bosco, Brazil (LOC) | Luiz Henrique Castiglione, Brazil (LOC)

Please find the winners of the ICA Map Awards 2015 below:

Atlases

3rd place: Atlas of Typical Landform in Western China (China)

Atlases, 3rd place: Atlas of Typical Landform in Western China (China)

2nd place: Graphical and Statistical Atlas of Switzerland 1914–2014 (Switzerland)

Atlases, 2nd place: Graphical and Statistical Atlas of Switzerland 1914–2014 (Switzerland)

1st place: The Atlas of Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands (Netherlands)

A comprehensive, detailed and high quality publication exploring all aspects of the Netherlands. The maps are clear, clean and well produced.

Atlases, 1st place: The Atlas of Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Atlases, 1st place: The Atlas of Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands (Netherlands)

Digital products

3rd place: BeCarto 14–18 (Belgium)

Digital products, 3rd place: BeCarto 14–18 (Belgium)

2nd place: OV-Map (Netherlands)

Digital products, 2nd place: OV-Map (Netherlands)

1st place: Project Supra: Real-time Heatmaps from Sports Workouts (Finland)

An intuitive, digital multiscale map that presents detailed information in a legible and accessible fashion. Interaction is key and design is stylish.

Digital products, 1st place: Project Supra: Real-time Heatmaps from Sports Workouts (Finland)

Educational Products

3rd place: Collins First Atlas (UK)

Educational Products, 3rd place: Collins First Atlas (UK)

2nd place: The Kakamega-Nandi Forests Puzzli (Germany)

Educational Products, 2nd place: The Kakamega-Nandi Forests Puzzli (Germany)

1st place: Enjoy the map – Krkonoše Mountains (Czech Republic)

An educational aid to understanding map symbology. A simple approach to teaching map reading techniques and alternative representations.

Educational products, 1st place: Enjoy the map – Krkonoše Mountains (Czech Republic)
Educational products, 1st place: Enjoy the map – Krkonoše Mountains (Czech Republic)

Other products

3rd place: Geological Textile (Japan)

Other products, 3rd place: Geological Textile (Japan)

2nd place: Belle-Ile: Relief map on demand (France / IGN)

Other products, 2nd place: Belle-Ile: Relief map on demand (France/IGN)

1st place and public vote: 3D View of the Beautiful Earth (China)

A combination of spectacular lenticular maps in a beautiful loose-leaf style presentation case. A lavish product with high quality design and production.

Public vote and other products, 1st place: 3D View of the Beautiful Earth (China)
Public vote and other products, 1st place: 3D View of the Beautiful Earth (China)

 

Paper maps

3rd place: Occupying São Paulo – An Augmented City Map (Belgium)

Paper maps, 3rd place: Occupying São Paulo – An Augmented City Map (Belgium)

2nd place: Panorama Map of Kanto Mountains & Mt. Fuji (Japan)

Paper maps, 2nd place: Panorama Map of Kanto Mountains & Mt. Fuji (Japan)

1st place: 3D Map Longyearbyen and environs (Norway)

A large format oblique view which represents the terrain in an attractive style. The detail invites you to explore. Artistic cartography at its best.

Paper maps, 1st place: 3D Map Longyearbyen and environs (Norway)

 

Congratulations to all winners!

All winners will be contacted to be featured in our Map of the Month section over the course of the next two years. For a full list of map products exhibited during ICC 2015, please check the PDF catalogue.

Photos and jury statements provided by Ken Field.

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