Update on the BCS Annual Awards : -

Because the 2020 conference has been postponed till September 2021, the decision has been made to include both the 2020 and 2021 entries. 

Please note that while entries can be submitted, they will be held over and judged in conjunction with those from 2021.

We are pleased to announce that the Henry Johns Award winner for 2020 has been selected.

To see the presentation and find out the winner go and watch the video here

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.

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 at the Society’s Annual Symposium and award winners receive publicity through our publications and in other promotions.

Award Submissions 

The 2020 - 2021 BCS Awards forms will accept entries until 27th June 2021. (Any entries already received will still be valid) [forms have been updated to reflect these changes]

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.

Stanfords Award

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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.

Stanfords Award entry form

Avenza Award

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.

Avenza Award entry form

John C. Bartholomew Award


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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.

John C Bartholomew Award entry form

Ordnance Survey Award


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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.

Ordnance Survey Award entry form

The Garsdale Design Award

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The annual 3D Cartography Award Sponsored by GD3D® the 3D geospatial brand from Garsdale Design.

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!

The Garsdale Design Award entry form

The Henry Johns Award

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.

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.

Ian Mumford Award entry form

Ian Mumford Award tutor's reference form

Ian Mumford Award entry rules

The Society Medal

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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.

The Barbara Petchenik Competition


The biennial children’s map competition

The British Cartographic Society Medal is the national coordinator for the UK. For further information please click here.