Behold the Leaders of the Pack! 2023 WLIA Map Contest Awards

Posted By: Mike Seidel Events, Annual Conference,

We saw some amazing maps at our cartographic oasis during the 2023 WLIA Annual Conference! In total, 44 maps were either submitted virtually or delivered in-person! We are grateful once again to have the sponsorship of Ruekert & Mielke, the volunteer help of numerous Association members, and contributions from numerous others to bring the contest to life!

To view all of the map entries, check out the 2023 WLIA Virtual Map Gallery.

If you want to contribute or make suggestions for future map contests, please contact the Map Contest Co-Chairs!

2023 Map Gallery

Special Awards

People's Choice

Where We Have Been - Debbie Anderson, Ruekert-Mielke, Inc.

President's Choice

Menasha, WI - Mike Zuege, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

Best Private Sector Map

Wisconsin's 37: Southeast Asia During the Vietnam War - Mike Seidel

Best Public Sector Map

Vilas County Silent Sports & Water Recreation Map Water - Adam Grassl, Vilas County

Best Student Maps

The Life and Death of the Great Lakes Pipeline- Jake Steinberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison


UWM GIS Club Hubsite - Muriel Marseille, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Special Award Selected by Map Contest Chairs)

Category Awards

Base & Reference Map

Best in Category - Wisconsin Coastal Access Inventory - Aileen Clarke, University of Wisconsin – Madison 

Runner-Up - 2021 Vilas County Highway PASER Ratings - Austin Waldvogel, Vilas County

Mapping Poster

Best in Category - Kinnickinnic River Flood Management Projects - Emily Champagne, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Runner-Up - Geology of the Badger Lands - Joe Fleischmann, Sauk County

Black & White Map

Best in Category - Who'd-A-Thunk There'd Be So Many Self-Proclaimed Capitals?!?! - Colter Sikora, Colterrific Maps!

Runner-Up - Town of Grand Chute TID 4 - Tyler DeBruin, Town of Grand Chute

 Brochure & Small Format Map

Best in Category - Vilas County Silent Sports & Water Recreation Map Water - Adam Grassl, Vilas County

Runner-Up - Dual Sided Map Monroe County UTV ATV Snowmobile Bicycle Trails; Monroe County Fishing & Boating Routes - Jeremiah Erickson, Monroe County/Pica Grove Image Allies

Map Book & Atlas

Best in Category - Environmental Corridors of the Bay-Lake Region Map Series - Nicole Barbiaux, Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission


Runner-Up - 2021 Monroe County Emergency Services Atlas - Jeremiah Erickson, Monroe County

Most Unique

Best in Category - Wisconsin as a World - Christine Koeller, WisDOT


 Runner-Up - Map Schlagen - Tyler DeBruin, Town of Grand Chute


Best in Category - USNG - Vilas County - Topo & Imagery - Austin Waldvogel, Vilas County


 Runner-Up - Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial - Nathan Fazer, Sheboygan County

Story Map

Best in Category - A River that Once was Concrete - Ben Yahr, Heather Grogan, and Janet Silbernagel, Resolution Studio, LLC and Silvernail Studio for Geodesign, LLC


Runner-Up - 2020 Lidar Capture of Milwaukee County StoryMap - Suzanne Laurila, Milwaukee County