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The Awards > The NGS New Mapmaker Award 2005

The National Geographic Society New Mapmaker Award
This award is open to those people who have been engaged in the preparation of maps for up to two years, including college students and new employees in commercial firms or government. Mapping can utilise Cartography, Geomatics, and/or GIS.
The award comprises a prize, certificate and the BCS will pay for one years membership to the society. The award is being run by The British Cartographic Society with the continuing support of National Geographic Society.

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Shannon Brassard, Centre of Geographic Sciences, Nova Scotia Community College, Canada
Prince Albert: Celebrating 100 Years

It was considered that this entry fulfils all of the criteria for the NGS Student Award 2005. Designed to celebrate the city's centenary, the entry contains a great deal of information, including geographical and historical trends, and is easy to read and clearly laid out. The use of the river as a time line across the bottom of the sheet works well and the use of paler, subtle colours throughout gives the reader time to absorb the facts shown.
The overall effect is a pleasing and professional document very similar in design to those often found in the NGS magazine. Shannon is obviously a very keen cartographer and undoubtedly she has a very bright career in front of her.

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Jeff Wielki, Centre of Geographic Sciences, Nova Scotia Community College, Canada
Calgary: Accommodating Growth

Although this project includes the required trends and patterns, the overall presentation is considered to be slightly disappointing on closer inspection, for example, the size of the population density maps which are somewhat dwarfed by the adjacent "Tower" pie diagram. It is necessary to work hard to interpret the statistics being represented by the proportional diagrams located around the main map. An indication of scale on the actual diagrams would aid interpretation - such as fine black rules along the surface to enable the reader to measure. As a poster map for display purposes it is felt that the map works well but the actual cartography used to illustrate the area requires further development. The inclusion of map detail outside of the main area appeared slightly messy but it was decided the intention was to fade the map outwards - this was seen as part of the original design.
Jeff has made a brave attempt at a complex piece of work. His web-site portfolio illustrates his commitment to producing a variety of work and reveals the talent of this cartographer. We wish him every success with future cartographic projects.


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Shannon Brassard, COGS Prince Albert : Celebrating 100 Years
Shannon Brassard, COGS Hamilton and Burlington Topographic Map
Charlie Jones, University of Newcastle Bodnant Gardens Tourist Map
Charlie Jones, University of Newcastle GML file structure, content and meaning
Charlie Jones, University of Newcastle Visually Enhancing Real World Data using Bryce 5
Andrea Nesbit, Joel Przybylowski, Crystal Fankhauser University of Wisconsin, USA The Nature Conservancy Preserves in the State of Wisconsin, USA
Gerald Quail, Glasgow University, Scotland A Cartographic Research into the Possible Introduction of Traffic Calming Measure Symbolisation on 1:10,000 scale Urban Maps
Jeff Wielki, COGS Calgary : Accommodating Growth
Jeff Wielki, COGS Vancouver Topographic Map
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