In celebration of the International Cartographic Association’s (ICA) International Map Year 2015-2016, you are invited to demonstrate the power of maps and submit a map to the Australian National Map Competition themed on demonstrating the power of maps.
Entries will be evaluated by a panel of experts with a variety of prizes for the best maps.
There will be an exhibition of submissions at the 9th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology (MMT2015, 9-11 December 2015, Sydney, Australia, www.MMT2015.org) and at the Locate 16 Conference (11-14 April, 2016, Melbourne; www.locateconference.com).
Individual Award - Sole-person projects not part of formal employment
Organisational Award - Submission made by an organisation. Can be from a private company,
business or government agency.
Student Award (Primary, Secondary or Tertiary) - Submitted by a student and/or class. Each level
will be assessed separately and awarded separately.
Individual Award - Sole-person projects not part of formal employment 1
Organisational Award - Submission made by an organisation. Can be from a private company, business or government agency.
Student Award (Primary, Secondary or Tertiary) - Submitted by a student and/or class. Each level will be assessed separately and awarded separately.
Special Peers Choice Award – Submitted maps will be eligible for a Special Peers Choice Award.
Note: Individuals are encouraged to enter maps produced in the course of sole-person projects, individual volunteer work, and self-initiated projects (such as after-hours “tinkering”). Maps produced by an individual but in the normal course of work for an organisation should be submitted for the organisation awards.
Prizes are currently under review.
Individual Award – Complimentary registrations for the 9th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology (MMT2015).
Organisation Award - Complimentary registrations for the 9th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology (MMT2015).
Student Award - Selection of prizes such as Jacaranda Atlas for each level, Complimentary registrations for the 9th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology (MMT2015).
Other prizes are available for the runners up and honourable mentions
Entries must be received before 19 October 2015;
Static Maps Category Submissions must include a digital copy of the static map in a file size that can be emailed, also a hard copy of the map must be sent to SSSI Head Office for display. The maximum size of the static map should be no bigger than A0;
Dynamic Maps Category Submissions must include URL and any username/password required to access the site;
All submissions should include a description of the map or application, explaining its purpose, as well as the methods used in its creation, and any software and data used in its design and production;
Email completed submission forms to MapCompetition@sssi.org.au
Appropriate map layout and design (cartographic elements i.e. legend, scale, letter sizes, typography, colour, symbols, projection, index map, title);
Readability of the map (balance of map elements, visual contrast, graphic density, effective choice of colours, image/background contrast);
Overall impression (how well the theme is communicated, etc.);
How effective the maps are at demonstrating the power of maps.
Dawn has an Honours degree in Geological Sciences, and a Masters in Mineral Exploration and Mining Geology from Universities in the UK. She worked in the seismic exploration industry before emigrating to Toowoomba in Queensland in 1985. In 1991 she moved to Brisbane and started her own mapping consultancy. In 2000 she studied externally through Charles Sturt University for a Graduate Diploma in GIS and Remote Sensing. Since then she has worked for Local and State Government and a number of private companies. In 2010 Dawn moved to Tasmania as part of a "Treechange" and now works part-time for several engineering and mineral exploration companies. She was awarded GISP-AP Certification in 2007 and again in 2013. She has also completed 29 years as a Topographic Engineer in the Army Reserve.
Dawn has previously held roles in SSI and the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) as a Queensland Regional Committee member & CPD Committee Chair; representative for the Spatial Information and Cartography Commission (SICC) and Women in Spatial and completed a four year stint as a member of the GISP-AP Certification Panel. She has recently joined the Mapping Sciences Institute of Australia and ANZMaps.
A born and bred West Australian, Allen Halsey has been a public servant for 42 years, working for Landgate and its many guises. He began as a cadet cartographer in 1973 and is currently the manager of Landgate’s Geospatial Products and Services section.
Allen oversees the distribution of data to Landgate’s customers from various geospatial datasets. This includes imagery, digital terrain models, topography, cadastre, tenure, nomenclature and address data. Allen has experience in data acquisition, map compiling and the production of numerous mapping publications such as the Perth StreetSmart Street Directory.
Allen’s area includes a mapping which services Landgate’s cartographic requirements including property valuation, emergency services, special publications and customised mapping.
Landgate is a statuary authority of the Western Australian Government with commercial powers. Raising revenue through data sales and mapping products is an important activity which contributes to supporting Landgate’s business. Landgate operates within government and at the same time provides services to the private sector in a commercial environment.
Jinling Wang is an Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Australia, Sydney, Australia. His major research interests are in the areas of navigation and geospatial mapping with multi-sensors, such as satellite navigation (such as GPS, Glonass, BDS), INS, vision sensors. He has published more than 300 papers in journals and conference proceedings, as well as two commercial software packages. He has been collaborating with industry partners in R&D over the past 15 years.
Professor Wang is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN), UK, a Fellow of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), an Invitation Fellow of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2011, and is a member of the Editorial Board for the international journals GPS Solutions, Journal of Navigation, International Journal of Navigation and Observations, and President of IAG Sub-Commission 4.2 (2011–2015) on Geodesy in Geospatial Mapping and Engineering. He was elected 2004 President of the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Global Positioning Systems (CPGPS), and the Founding Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Global Positioning Systems (2002–2007).
The dynamic maps selection will be made by the delegates attending the 9th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology (MMT2015, 9-11 December 2015, Sydney, Australia). The static maps selection will be made by the delegates attending the Locate 16 Conference (11-14 April, 2015, Melbourne).
Thanks to all entrants for demonstrating the power of maps. Congratulations go to the following entrants:
Static Maps - Organisation Award
Land Tasmania, Wellington 1:50 000 topographic map
Static Maps - Student (Tertiary) Award
Joshua Coniglio, Curtin Bicycle Map
Static Maps - Individual
Honourable Mention - Janani Mahalingam (nee Sritharan), Royal Australian Survey Corps Military Mapping & Surveying: 1915 - 1996
Dynamic Maps - Organisation Award
MOAT research group from UNSW Canberra, Australia’s Vietnam War
Dynamic Maps - Individual Award
Leandra Gordon, Melbourne Tram Maps
Special MMT2015 Symposium Chair Awards (Dynamic Maps)
Wuhan Geomatics Institute, Interactive Panoramic Video Map (IPVM)
Nathaniel Jeffrey, Melbourne, 1945
The organising committee for the Australian National Map Competition consists of
Information and guidance about cartography and map design are available from the websites of the various Commissions of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) www.icaci.org. Open source data and software to prepare maps is freely available online, e.g. Quantum GIS at www.qgis.org, SAGA at www.saga-gis.org and data.gov @ www.data.gov.au.
For more information Australian National Map Competition contact MapCompetition@sssi.org.au