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The Awards > The NGS New Mapmaker Award 2009

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 The National Geographic Society. Details of NGS Awards in Mapping

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Rebecca Hill, from the London Office of NGS attended this years ceremony to present the award.


Christoph Hoesli, Institute of Goegraphy at the University of Bern (Switzerland)
Southern Sudan Topographic Base Map Series: Map Sheet E - Eastern Equatorial.

The judges considered this to be a very good piece of work for a young cartographer. The layering of data has been achieved in a sensitive way – maintaining the integrity of the sources at a small scale. In a previously poorly-mapped region this must provide an essential tool to those working in the area. A larger scale may be more beneficial in certain areas – but that is work for another day.
Christoph was unable to attend the presentation of the award but sent a few words of thanks.
‘It is a great honour for me to win this award! It's a great return for our work and a big encouragement for future projects. I am very pleased to hear that our map, produced with ESRI ArcMap without finishing in graphical or cartographic software, could pass the analysis of professional map makers. It's a very big compliment. Many thanks also for the very useful comments of the Judges. They will certainly help us to further enhance our maps.’

Rebecca Hill presents the certificate and prize to Bill Cartwright, President of the International Cartographic Association, on Christoph's behalf


Entries were received from:



Christoph Hoesliak Southern Sudan Topographic Base Map Series: Map Sheet E - Eastern Equatorial
Gregory Verutes Health, Poverty and Place in Accr, Ghana

Photography by Martin Lubikowski
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