JoM Best Map Award

JoM Best Map Award

As JoM has grown since it was first published in 2005 we have established a growing back catalogue of articles, with maps covering many countries and, indeed, planets. From 2008 we have initiated a "Best Map" award to be presented to the single best contribution to the journal in the year it was published. Contributions are judged upon both their academic content and cartographic quality. It is neither the best academic paper nor the best designed map, but a combination of qualities from both areas. The winners of the award will, where financially and technically feasible, see their map published as part of a limited 200 copy print run which will be made available for sale "at cost".

Best Map - 2012

The award for the 2012 "Best Map" goes to Maria Zuniga, Angel Pueyo and Jose-Luis Calvo (University of Zaragoza for their their mapping of population change across Spain in the 20th Century. The publication is titled:

Zuniga, M., Pueyo, A. and Calvo, J-L. (2012) The Spanish population during the 20th century and beyond, Journal of Maps, v8, 386-391. 10.1080/17445647.2012.744364.

The map uses a deceptively simple layout and design that is visually pleasing yet depicts two of the most important variables in population studies: total population and population change. These are depicted at the municipality level thereby providing a high degree of spatial granularity. The inset provincial maps then include the third variable, time, depicting how the spatial distribution of population and population change has varied since 1900.

Best Map - 2011

The award for the 2011 "Best Map" goes to Giedre Beconyte, Vilmantas Alekna and Inga Rocite (Vilnius University) for their depiction of conflict and terrorism in Europe during the 21 century. The publication is titled:

Beconyte, G., Alekna, V. and Rociute, I. (2011) A Map of 21st Century Conflicts in Europe, Journal of Maps, v2011, 1-8. 10.4113/jom.2011.1166.

The authors have synthesized a great deal of relatively inaccessible and dispersed information, and presented it in a way that is visually informative, particularly for such an emotive topic. It presents a good blend of geography, history, and cartography, forming the basis of a continued MSc cartography class at Vilnius University.

Best Map - 2010

The award for the 2010 "Best Map" goes to Donald Lafreniere (University of Western Ontario) and Douglas Rivet (Western Michigan University) for their historical mapping of Sandwich, Ontario, Canada. The publication is titled:

Lafreniere, D. and Rivet, D. (2010) Rescaling the Past through Mosaic Historical Cartography, Journal of Maps, v2010, 417-422. 10.4113/jom.2010.1120.

The atlas is diligently compiled and combines a good cartographic product with innovation to overcome the problem of visualising historical data across an international boundary (Canada and the United States). The result is a series of maps that show how Sandwich has changed over a 200 year period. They also discuss a technique that can be employed more widely.

Best Map - 2009

The award for the 2009 "Best Map" goes to David Evans (Durham University), David Twigg (Loughborough University), Brice Rea (University of Aberdeen) and Chris Orton (Durham University) for their mapping of the Tungnaarjokull (Iceland) glacier landsystem. The publication is titled:

Evans, D.J.A., Twigg, D.R., Rea, B.R. and Orton, C. (2009) Surging glacier Landsystem of Tungnaarjokull, Iceland, v2009, 134-151. 10.4113/jom.2009.1064.

Academically, it provides a "snapshot" in time recording landforms generated as a result of the 1995 glacier surge, presenting them within historical and process-oriented contexts. In terms of collaborative techniques, it combines excellent cartographic presentation, digital elevation model generation, stereoscopic photo-interpretation and ground truthing "in the field." It typifies the excellence of inter-disciplinary research work and is therefore a worthy winner.

Best Map - 2008

It is with great pleasure that we are able award the 2008 "Best Map" to Eva Sahlin and Neil Glasser at the Centre for Glaciology, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, for their publication titled:

Sahlin, E.A.U. and Glasser, N.F. (2008) Geomorphological map of Cadair Idris, Wales, Journal of Maps, v2008, 299-314. 10.4113/jom.2008.1011.

This map is the result of extensive and detailed field mapping and aerial photo interpretation of the Cadair Idris upland area in mid-Wales, forming the core of Eva's PhD thesis. It represents a large amount of work and will be used to develop further insights in to the operation of former ice cover in the region. It is therefore a significant contribution to geomorphology and glaciology, as well as an exemplar of cartographic design.