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The Awards > The John Bartholomew Award 2006

The John Bartholomew Award for Small Scale Mapping
This award is presented for originality and excellence in the field of thematic (non-topographic, 1:100,000 and smaller) cartography with emphasis on effective communication of the intended theme or themes. The award comprises a trophy and a certificate and is being run by The British Cartographic Society with the support of Collins Bartholomew.

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This award is sponsored by Collins Bartholomew, and John Bartholomew still takes an active role in the judging of this award, with it's worthy aim of encouraging good cartographic design in small scale thematic mapping.

The hallmark of this year's judging of the entries has been the high degree of consistency accorded by the panel at their meeting in Bishopbriggs.
As one of this years judges, John Bartholomew passes on his congratulations and comments to the following entries:



The National Geographic Society
The Battles of the Civil War

This map is an outstanding compilation in the best traditions of National Geographic mapping. The challenging theme has been tackled with great success to communicate such a complex wealth of information with measured clarity and interest. The strong lines and point symbols against the muted background tones allow clear emphasis of the key features. The short summaries positioned across the map and the marginal diagrams and text featuring each of the battles are entirely appropriate to the understanding of the sequence of events. Incidentally, but interestingly, the photo-lettering styles used so successfully on National Geographic maps for the past 60 years or so were designed by an Edinburgh-trained cartographic draughtsman, a certain Charles Riddiford, who John Bartholomew knew personally.

David Miller from National Geographic was unable to attend and so Graham Gill from Collins Bartholomew presents the award to nominated recipient David Fairbairn.

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The Oceans

A commendation is awarded to Alan Collinson and his team at Geo-Innovations with their striking submission entitled "The Oceans" to display on its gate-spread a truly philosophical perspective of great impact. The peeling of the earth's skin seen in the context of the Universe deserves reflective study and is worthy of artistic appreciation. It scored highly for its imaginative general impact.
It reminded John Bartholomew of a Cicero quotation which used to adorn the cupola of the firm's foyer of the Geographical Institute in Edinburgh which freely translated as "happy the man who midst the chores of the day can still contemplate the vastness of the Universe".

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Entries were received from:



Geo-Innovations The Oceans
Geo-Innovations & UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Briefing Notes - Germany: The World Cup 2006
Michael Middleditch Penguin Map of North America
National Geographic Maps Battles of the Civil War
National Geographic Maps A Global Agenda to End Poverty

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