Awards

Our range of awards aims to recognize the very best cartographic work and scholarship from around the globe. We present trophies and prizes to individuals and companies who have shown excellence in this field.

BCS AwardStanfords AwardAvenza AwardJohn C. Bartholomew Award,
Ordnance Survey AwardThe Garsdale Design Award for 3D mapping

The Barbara Petchenik Competition 2019

The Henry Johns Award,
Ian Mumford AwardThe Society Medal,

In association with our sponsors, the Society promotes a series of prestigious awards for excellence in cartography that are open to everyone. We encourage entries from those engaged in all aspects of mapping, whether practical or theoretical, commercial or academic, using traditional or innovative techniques and research.

Presentations are usually made during the Gala Dinner at the Society’s Annual Symposium and award winners receive publicity through our publications and in other promotions.

Submissions

The 2019 BCS Awards are now open and the forms will accept entries.

These forms are electronic and were created using the Google Forms, so we could utilise the upload function, for some awards you will require a Google email account.

If you have any queries, you can reach our Awards Officer using the contact form.

BCS Award

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Best entry from winners of the major design awards

The prestigious BCS Award is presented to the entry judged to be the best from the major design awards. It comprises The BCS Award Bowl (kept for a year), a trophy to keep and a certificate.

2018 Winner: Multi-Layer Wood map from Overview.Design.
Entered by David Kidd.

 

 

Stanfords Award

Best entry for Printed Mapping

Open to any mapping in the printed form, whether it be a poster, folded sheet map, atlas, or page from a book, etc.  The Stanfords Award comprises a trophy and a certificate, and is run with the support of Stanfords map and travel book store.

Chairman of Stanfords, Vivien P. Godfrey
presenting Deborah Armstrong
The 2018 Stanfords Award for Printed Mapping.
With Richard Carpenter, BCS President

 

 

Avenza Award

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Best entry for Electronic Mapping

Open to any mapping available in electronic format, including interactive internet mapping, internal company-use GIS mapping, and maps for PowerPoint presentations. The Avenza Award comprises a trophy and a certificate and is run with the support of Avenza Systems, Inc.

Richard Carpenter “BCS President” presenting Deborah Armstrong
The 2018 Avenza Award for Electronic Mapping.

John C. Bartholomew Award

Best entry for Thematic Mapping

Presented for originality and excellence in the field of thematic cartography with emphasis on effective communication of the intended theme or themes. The John C. Bartholomew Award comprises a trophy, a £500 prize and a certificate, and is run with the support of HarperCollins and the Bartholomew Family.

Jim Irvine “Head of Digital Resources” Collins Bartholomew
presenting Xi Tang the 2018 John C Bartholomew Award

 

Ordnance Survey Award

For excellence in the application of Ordnance Survey data

To encourage excellence in cartographic design and the innovative and exciting use of Ordnance Survey data. This award comprises a trophy and a certificate, and is run with the support of Ordnance Survey.

The Garsdale Design Award for 3D mapping

The annual 3D Cartography Award Sponsored by GD3D® the 3D geospatial brand from Garsdale Design, is a new exciting award open to everyone in any industry creating interesting, informative, exciting 3D cartography (real or imagined) using any technique and/or medium!

 

2018 Winner: Multi-Layer Wood map from Overview.Design.
Entered by David Kidd.

The Henry Johns Award

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For the most outstanding article published in The Cartographic Journal (awarded each Volume)

Presented to the author(s) of the most outstanding article published in The Cartographic Journal during the year as judged by the Editorial Board. The Henry Johns Award comprises a cash prize and a certificate, and is run with the support of Lovell Johns.

2018 Winner: “Experiments to Distribute and Parallelize Map Generalization Processes” (Volume 54, Number 4, pp.322-332) by Guillaume Touya, Justin Berli, Imran Lokhat and Nicolas Regnauld.

 

 

Ian Mumford Award

For university and college students

This award is intended to encourage and recognize excellence in original cartographic research undertaken by university or college students, who have been engaged in full- or part-time study towards a recognized academic qualification where cartography, maps or mapping forms the principal subject of research. The award comprises a £200 prize, a certificate and membership of BCS for one year.

The Barbara Petchenik Competition 2019

The Society Medal

For a distinguished contribution to cartography

The British Cartographic Society Medal is a gift of the Society’s Council and was instituted in 1984. It is awarded to persons who have made a distinguished contribution to cartography.