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The Awards > The John C. Bartholomew Award 2009

The John C. 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, £500 prize and a certificate and is being run by The British Cartographic Society with the support of Collins Bartholomew and the Bartholomews family.

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The John C. Bartholomew Award is sponsored by Collins Bartholomew, and the family of the late John C. Bartholomew.
Graham Gill of Collins Bartholomew presents the awards.


Presentation National Geographic Society
National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World

Taking the whole world as its theme, this atlas lives up to its title, and through a large series of well-compiled, beautifully designed thematic maps presents a dramatic picture of today’s world and the issues it faces. Many individual thematic maps are excellent in their presentation of often highly complex subjects. Although much of the material is not new, some of it is, and all is excellently produced. Many principles of thematic cartography are perfectly adhered to throughout the book.

Graham Gill presented the award to Rebecca Hill of The National Geographic Society.

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Global Mapping
The Dynamic World

Although fairly traditional in its design and approach, the map makes the theme clear and is imaginative in its presentation of different aspects of the subject with a good choice of content for explaining the theme of plate tectonics and the dynamic nature of the Earth.

Graham Gill presented the certificate to Mary Spence MBE of Global Mapping.

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Natural Gas System of Europe

This is a very complex map, carrying an enormous amount of information but nevertheless is an excellent representation of the theme, using good design, colour choices and symbology.

Unfortunately no-one from Platts, USA, could attend the presentation and so Graham Gill presented the certificate to BCS Vice President Ciff Nicklin.

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Entries were received from:



Amethyst Information Hub for Cornwall Community Safety Partnership Cornwall Crime Explorer
Communicarta Budapest Fixed Route Integrated Transport Map
Countryside Council for Wales Internationally Protected Areas in Wales and National Protected Areas in Wales
Global Mapping The Dynamic World
National Geographic Maps Landscope America
National Geographic Maps National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World
MapAction Haiti - Roads and Helicopter Landing Sites with Elevation
Platts Electric Power System of Europe Map
Platts Natural Gas System of Europe Map
Platts North American Natural Gas System Map 2008/09 edition
Platts US Coal Activity Wall Map 2009/10 edition
Robert E Pratt and Christopher (Kit) L Shy Lt. Zebulon Pike's 1806 Southwestern Expedition

Photography by Martin Lubikowski
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