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CCA Awards and Prizes
Every year, the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA) sponsors several awards and academic prizes to promote interest in map design and to recognize significant design advances in cartography. They are open to students at both College and University levels, and intended to recognize academic achievement and encourage the continuing success in cartography, and geographic information related careers.
President’s Prize / Carto-Quebec Prize
There are no restrictions on size but the cartographic project must have been completed and produced during the school year preceding the competition. Cartographic projects should consist of a map or a map series forming a coherent whole (printed as a single map or a poster displaying several maps) and may be submitted in any finished form (on paper or other medium).
The Carto-Quebec Prize entries must be in French.
The President’s Prize entries must be thematic maps.
All maps submitted will be displayed at the annual CCA Conference.
CCA Web Map Award
This award recognizes excellence in web mapping and is open to all post-secondary students who have completed and produced a web map in the preceding school year. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of three judges made up of CCA executives.
Judges will be evaluating projects based on the following criteria:
- Map Story – Does the web map tell a unique story with a specific purpose or client in mind?
- Cartographic Design – Project showcases current cartographic web mapping practices with a
balance of necessary data layers, high quality web-ready multimedia elements and presented
in professional presentation.
- User Interactivity – Aspects of user interactivity (popups, zoom control, layer control, user
ability, etc.) are all fully functional for intended audience.
- Complexity – Is the web map created using a proprietary application or using code and/or
plugins? If coding is used, is it organized and commented.
- Package – Overall package of the project: side panels, explanations, flow of information, data
quality, multi-media, and proper sourcing will all be considered.
- Submission – Please submit a link to the URL for the hosted web map. It is asked that the
winning submission be online for one year.
URLs for web map award submissions are asked to be kept online for at least one year.
Best Student Paper / Presentation
All student presentations included at the Annual CCA Conference are automatically entered for the Canadian Cartographic Association Best Student Paper / Presentation competition (there is no need to apply).
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How to Apply
Use the online form below to submit your information for the President’s Prize, the Carto-Québec Prize, or the CCA Web Map Award. A member of the CCA will then contact you regarding your submission. If you run into issues with the online application, then you may also submit your entry using the digital PDF application. If you have any questions then do not hesitate to contact us.
Deadline for 2020 applications is May 15, 2020.
The CCA looks forward to reviewing your web map creations and seeing your mapping stories in this cartographic format. Best of Luck.