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.

For those of you who like to skip ahead: REGISTER HERE!


NEW! – Hand-Drawn Map: Grab some paper and get a pencil (or other drawing utensils)! Use your imagination and simple artistic skills to make and map (and maybe share a story) with this theme, A Heart for Your Home(town)Link to Informational Article (pending)
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


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

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


November 11, 2020 – February 8, 2021 – Registration open. – REGISTER HERE

February 8, 2021 – Submission deadline for all categories.

Map Contest Judging: Judging will occur before the Annual Conference, from February 10th-12th. If you would like to be a judge in this year’s contest, please email

Map Credit: Austin Novak