Better Mapping: Map Challenge Winner

Recently we wrote about a British Cartographic Society (BCS) event hosted at our head office, ‘Better Mapping with QGIS’. The one day event saw a mixture of presentations and an afternoon workshop, led by cartographic and industry experts. The culmination of the workshop was a map challenge and we are now pleased to announce the winner!

Congratulations to Steve Richardson who produced this excellent map showing Indices of Multiple Deprivation in Southampton:


Click the image to see a larger version as a PDF

The challenge was to use open data that had been supplied to create a suitable basemap, and then introduce an additional layer from another open source. Mary Spence MBE had earlier introduced the principles of cartographic design and delegates were encouraged to put these into practice when creating their maps.

Our own team of cartographic designers judged the entries. We felt that Steve’s effort showed good use of colour and had a good balance and clear hierarchy. Steve is currently teaching Geography (all the way up to A Level), but will be retiring at the end of December to concentrate on cycling, mapping, running and making bread. He’s been trying to encourage greater use of GIS (especially QGIS) in schools, working on 30-minute-maps with younger students and more complex pieces with A Level students.

Every year the BCS runs a range of awards to recognise excellence in cartography with an awards ceremony taking place at the annual conference. Next year the joint BCS/SoC Annual Conference will be in County Durham on 5-7 September and the theme is ‘Maps for Changing Reality’. For more information keep your eye on the BCS website, follow them on Twitter and track the hashtag #MapReality

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