Map Awards

National Cartographic Exhibition - NZCS Map Awards 2014

GeoExpo'2014 | National Cartographic Exhibition - NZCS Map Awards 2014
Introduction | Format and Rules | Submission


Several individuals and organisations - including government, industry, academia and private sector - will participate in the National Cartographic Exhibition and NZCS Map Awards 2014.

All entries will be displayed at GeoCart'2014 Conference, Auckland, 3-5 September.

The maps and other cartographic products contributed by participants will be arranged thematically. The National Cartographic Exhibition will provide a nationwide sampling of the current and best map design and production, from both government and commercial cartographic agencies. Themes include atlases, geology, hydrography, recreation, topography, urban and others. In addition to map series and single sheets, the Exhibition will include satellite images, books, relief models, computer maps and multimedia products.

The NZCS Map Awards 2014 competition will be judged and the winners announced during the Conference. A panel of judges will decide on how successfully a map delivers on its stated purpose, taking into account its design, execution and presentation. The winning entries will be presented with framed certificates. The names of those winning will be duly published on the NZCS website and in Cartogram, the society’s newsletter.

The winning entries, together with a selection of other entries from the Exhibition, will represent New Zealand at the International Cartographic Exhibition ICA 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Format and Rules

Competition Categories

  1. Printed Map Product - any printed map, including flat or folded sheet maps, posters, atlases, books, magazines or brochures.

  2. Digital Map Product - any digital map or map-based graphic provided it can be opened and displayed in Adobe Acrobat or accessed via a valid URL (web map).

Conditions of Entry

  1. Entries may be submitted by any individual or organisation. The competition is not restricted to NZCS members.
  2. By entering the competition, you are giving NZCS permission to exhibit entries at the conference, to reproduce all or part of an entry on the NZCS website, and in its newsletter Cartogram, without payment of royalty, copyright or reproduction fee.
  3. The person or organisation submitting an entry is responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright holder.
  4. All entries must be original products, in their finished state, and first produced or published after 30 June 2013.
  5. The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday, 22 August 2014 (Entry Form only; the actual map or cartographic product can be hand delivered to the National Cartographic Exhibition on the day).
  6. There is no limit on the number of map products entered by any one individual or organisation. Each map product must be accompanied by a duly completed entry form.
  7. Entry is free. However map products must be delivered to the nominated Auckland address (see below) by the due date and at the entrant's cost. Entered map products become the property of NZCS and will not be returned.
  8. NZCS accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to material submitted for the competition.
  9. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence about the competition results will be entered into.



All entries must be accompanied by the Entry Form (link below). We would appreciate receiving your filled forms via email (info@cartography.org.nz), but make sure a hard copy is also attached to your map when posted (postal address on the Form).

NZ Cartographic Society Map Awards 2014 Entry Form | PDF (62KB) | WORD (29KB)

Please note that the submission deadline is Friday, 22 August 2014. This deadline applies to the submission of an Entry Form, the actual maps and cartographic products can be hand delivered to the National Cartographic Exhibition on the day.


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