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The CCA President’s Prize recognizes excellence in student map design and production and is open to all students at Canadian post-secondary institutions who have completed and produced a cartographic thematic map in the preceding school year.
The President’s Prize Award consists of two prizes, one for entries from college-level or CEGEP students, and one for entries from university-level students in the following category:
- A thematic map on any subject. A thematic map is a map that is meant to communicate a specific single subject matter within a particular geographic area. They are often defined as special purpose maps and can be either quantitative or qualitative in nature. The International Cartographic Association (ICA) defines the thematic map this way: “A map designed to demonstrate particular features or concepts. In conventional use this term excludes topographic maps” (Dent 1999, 8).
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CCA President’s Prize 2022 Winner (College Level) – “Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia”
The 2022 college-level or CEGEP award was presented to Peter Atwood from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) / Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) for his map titled “Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia”
Design Objectives: The objective for this project was to produce a poster-sized map suitable for print depicting the locations of notable shipwrecks around Nova Scotia as well as some background information from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic’s archives.
The overall design of the map is intended to emulate manually engraved and printed maps from the 18th and 19th century. This was done for a couple of reasons. Firstly, much of the Maritime Museum’s holdings consist of documents from that time period.
The map was intended to complement that aesthetic. Additionally, the style was chosen to evoke the time period during which the greatest number of shipwrecks occurred. This style was accomplished in a variety of ways. Instead of solid colors, stippling and hatching was used. A subtle random wave effect was applied to most strokes to create a hand-drawn effect. Finally, period-appropriate typography was used to best align with the style of maps produced in the applicable time period.