Annual Conference Map Contest

Show off your hard work and creativity!

Image of hex bin map with a dark basemap and blue hexbins of varying sizes.

Stay tuned for details for registering for the 2023 Annual Conference Map Contest.

The WLIA Map Contest is a great opportunity to share your best work with others who appreciate quality cartography and innovation. Awards will be presented for the best entries in each category in addition to special awards, all listed below.

CATEGORIES:
  • Base / Reference Map: Very useful, complete, and documented map sporting good design, layout, labeling, and annotation to feature your data. Example
  • Thematic Map: Features prominent, yet appropriate use of cartographic techniques (examples: Choropleth, Proportional symbol, Isopleth, Dot Density, or Cartogram) to share a message. Example
  • Mapping Poster: Informative and interesting presentation that highlights innovative geospatial projects or processes. Example
  • Black and White Map: Any format and theme, but no hue…a special design challenge! Example
  • Brochure / Small Format Map: Must be size B or smaller (17” x 11”); any theme, scale, or extent. Example
  • Map Book or Atlas: Must be a bound and easy-to-use map series for any theme. Example
  • Most Unique: Unconventional, creative presentation, unique subject and/or materials. Example
  • Interactive Map: Website or application designed to share geospatial knowledge with users. Example
  • Story Map: Website or application designed to share geospatially focused narrative with users. Example 

SPECIAL AWARDS:

  • Best Student Map
  • Best Private Sector Map
  • Best Public Sector Map
  • President’s Choice
  • People’s Choice

*** All entries MUST include an uploaded digital version, preferably a PDF. ***
*** A map can only be entered in one category. ***

KEY DATES:

December 2022 – February 2023 – Online registration open.

February 14, 2023 – Submission deadline for Interactive Map and Story Map categories.

February 23, 2023 – Online submission for Map Contest closes.

February 23, 2023 – All non-web maps must be delivered to the Map Gallery at the Annual Conference. In-person registrations will be accepted in the Map Gallery until 10 a.m.

Map Contest Judging: In-person judging will occur in the Map Gallery on February 23rd at 5 p.m. Virtual judging for the Interactive and Story map categories will occur the week before the Conference. If you would like to be a judge, please email the Map Contest Co-Chairs.

Map Credit: Daniel Huffman