Annual Conference Map Contest

The WLIA Map and Poster Competition 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.
Thematic Map: Features prominent, yet appropriate use of cartographic techniques (examples: Choropleth, Proportional symbol, Isopleth, Dot Density, or Cartogram) to share a message.
Map Poster: Informative, eye-catching, colorful, and interesting presentation that tells a story.
Black and White Map: Any format and theme, but no hue…a special design challenge!
Brochure / Small Format Map: Must be size B or smaller (17” x 11”); any theme, scale, or extent.
Map Book or Atlas: Must be a bound and easy-to-use map series for any theme.
Most Unique: Unconventional, creative presentation, unique subject and/or materials.
Interactive Maps: Website or application designed to share geospatial knowledge with users.


  • Best Student Map
  • Best Private Sector Map
  • Best Public Sector Map
  • President’s Choice
  • People’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 13, 2018 – February 19, 2019 – Online poster registration open. – REGISTER HERE

February 8, 2019 – Submission deadline for interactive map categories.

February 19, 2019 – Online registration closes; after online registration closes, fill out this FORM and bring a copy to the poster registration table at the conference.

February 21, 2019 (8 am – 11 am) – 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: Grant Haynes