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Submit your Maps: 2023 Canadian Cartographic Association Mapping Competitions

GoGeomatics Canada is please to help promote excellence in Canadian Cartography by sharing these CCA competitions.

President’s Prize

The CCA President’s Prize recognizes excellence in student map design and production and is open to all students at Canadian post-secondary institutions who have completed and produced a cartographic thematic map in the preceding school year.

The President’s Prize Award consists of two prizes, one for entries from college-level or CEGEP students, and one for entries from university-level students in the following category:

  • thematic map on any subject. A thematic map is a map that is meant to communicate a specific single subject matter within a particular geographic area. They are often defined as special purpose maps and can be either quantitative or qualitative in nature. The International Cartographic Association (ICA) defines the thematic map this way: “A map designed to demonstrate particular features or concepts. In conventional use this term excludes topographic maps” (Dent 1999, 8).

Note: The deadline for applications for this mapping competition is May 31st, 2023

Canadian Cartographic Association Carto-Québec Prize

The CCA Carto-Québec Prize is an annual mapping competition for the best cartographic product in French. It recognizes excellence in student map design and production and is open to all post-secondary students who have completed and produced a cartographic project in French during the preceding school year.

The Carto-Québec Prize consists of two awards of $500, one for entries from college-level or CEGEP students, and one for entries from university-level students.

Entry Guidelines:

There are no restrictions on size but the project must have been completed and produced during the school year preceding the competition. Cartographic projects will consist of a map or a map series forming a coherent whole (printed as a single map or a poster displaying several maps) and may be submitted in any finished form (on paper or other medium).

Each entry must be accompanied by a clear and succinct statement of design objectives that will weigh heavily in the judges’ decision. Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity and overall effectiveness in communication as well as excellence in compilation, design, and layout.

Entries are invited from all Canadian post-secondary students. All entries should be accompanied by an official entry form (Students can either use the online form included below or the digital PDF version). By submitting your entry you are also providing consent that the CCA may post a copy of your map on the CCA website.

Entries for the Carto-Quebec Prize must be in French.

Note: The deadline for applications for this mapping competition is May 31st, 2023

Canadian Cartographic Association Web Map Award

The CCA Web Map Award recognizes excellence in web mapping and is open to all post-secondary students who have completed and produced a web map in the preceding school year. The CCA Web Map Award will consist of one prize of $250 selected from entries from college-level, CEGEP students, or university-level students.

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of three judges made up of CCA executives.

Entry Guidelines:

Judges will be evaluating projects based on the following criteria:

Map Story – Does the web map tell a unique story with a specific purpose or client in mind?

Cartographic Design – Project showcases current cartographic web mapping practices with a balance of necessary data layers, high quality web-ready multimedia elements and presented in professional presentation.

User Interactivity – Aspects of user interactivity (popups, zoom control, layer control, user ability, etc.) are all fully functional for intended audience.

The CCA Web Map Award recognizes excellence in web mapping and is open to all post-secondary students who have completed and produced a web map in the preceding school year.Complexity – Is the web map created using a proprietary application or using code and/or plugins? If coding is used, is it organized and commented.

Package – Overall package of the project: side panels, explanations, flow of information, data quality, multi-media,  and proper sourcing will all be considered.

Submission – Please remember to submit a link to the URL for the hosted web map. It is asked that the winning submission be kept online for one year.

The CCA looks forward to reviewing your web map creations and seeing your mapping stories in this cartographic format. Best of Luck.

Note: The deadline for applications for this mapping competition is May 31st, 2023

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