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.


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 Maps: Website or application designed to share geospatial knowledge with users. Example


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

*** All entries MUST include a hard copy and digital version. ***
*** Please bring your hard copy to the poster registration table. ***
*** No printing facilities are available at the conference. ***
*** A map can only be entered in one category. ***


November 15, 2019 – February 18, 2020 – Online poster registration open. – REGISTER HERE

February 7, 2020 – Submission deadline for interactive map categories.

February 18, 2020 – Online registration closes; after online registration closes, fill out this FORM and bring a copy to the poster registration table at the conference.

February 20, 2020 (8-11 a.m.) – On-site poster registration open.

Map Contest Judging: If you would like to be a judge in this year’s contest, please email

Map Credit: Ellie Milligan