A Virtual 2021 Map Contest with Real Awards!

In a stunning effort by WLIA members and map lovers of all sorts, 57 different maps were entered in the 2021 WLIA Map Contest! Special thanks to our first-time sponsors Reukert & Mielke and Syncarto for their support through donations and time this year. We also thank ESRI for the use of the ArcGIS Online platform to host our first-ever Virtual Map Gallery.

If you have any questions or would like to help run and improve the Map Contest in 2022, please contact the Map Contest Co-Chairs!

Click on each award-winning map image to view them in full detail. Clicking on each map title will open a details page for the map from the Virtual Map Gallery.

Special Awards

Peoples’ Choice: Galapagos Islands The Voyage Of The HMS Beagle, Austin Novak, University of Wisconsin-Madison

President’s Choice: Manitowoc County 20-Year Comprehensive Plan UpdateNicole Barbiaux, Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission

Best Private Sector Map: Blue Moon Ice Cream, Daniel Huffman, somethingaboutmaps

Best Public Sector Map: WISE-LR, 2021, Ryan Squires & Grace White, Legislative Technology Services Bureau

Best Student Map: Madison Area COVID-19 Pandemic DashboardChenxiao (Atlas) Guo, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Category Awards

Base & Reference Map

First Place: Milwaukee County, Katie Ginther, Milwaukee County GIS and Land Information Office
Runner-Up: Galapagos Islands The Voyage Of The HMS Beagle, Austin Novak, UW-Madison

Thematic Map

First Place: Blue Moon Ice Cream, Daniel Huffman, somethingaboutmaps
Runner-Up: American Indian Suicide In South Dakota, Christina Dennis, UW-Madison

Map Poster

First Place: The Continued Growth Of An Enduring Tech Hub Austin, Texas, Christopher Archuleta, UW-Madison
Runner-Up: The Milwaukee River A Changing Watershed, Grant Haynes, NGS

Black & White Map

First Place: Washington Island Door County Wisconsin Historic 1938 Aerial Photo, Adam Dorn, County of Winnebago (Private Project)
Runner-Up: 596 East Lake Road, Hammondsport, New York, Colter Sikora, Colterrific Maps!

Brochure & Small Format

First Place: Tri-Creek Dam Shadow, Jeremiah Erickson, County of Monroe

Most Unique Map

First Place: A Selection Of North American Rivers, Daniel Huffman, somethingaboutmaps
Runner-Up: Anabaptist Executions 1524-1614, Paul Kaldjian, UW-Eau Claire

Hand-Drawn Map

First Place: An Analog Story Map Of My Hometown St. Paul, MN, Jim Landwehr, Waukesha County & Independent Author
Runner-Up: My Turf Of Stevens Point 1986, Dan Seidensticker, UW-Stevens Point

Interactive Map

First Place: 3D Landscape of La Crosse County, Adam Wright, La Crosse County
Runner-Up: WisDOT Crash Dashboard, Jacci Ziebert, Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Story Map

First Place: Kinnickinnic River Watershed Flood Management Story Map, Nicole Braun, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Runner-Up: Wisconsin Groundwater, Joseph Rosnow, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

One Comment on “A Virtual 2021 Map Contest with Real Awards!

  1. I will note that it was really hard to select a President’s Choice. I knew it would be. In past years it was easy for me to say this is my favorite as I dropped my selection in the election box. It isn’t an official thing but my runner up was the Galapagos Islands The Voyage Of The HMS Beagle, Austin Novak, UW-Madison. I am partial to hardcopy maps to be honest and it captured me right away. However, in the end I selected a “virtual map” in a virtual year selecting a Story Map based on the use of the maps within portions of it. Congrats to all who entered the maps that continue to inspire us!