ICA-IMIA award recipients at the 2023 Esri User Conference

IMIA congratulates those recognized as recipients of this year’s ICA-IMIA Excellence in Cartography Awards. The award, provided by Esri in partnership with the International Cartographic Association (ICA)/International Map Industry Association (IMIA), promotes and recognizes excellence in map design and advancement in cartography. Judges selected from all registered submissions in the Map Gallery the entry that best exhibits excellence in all aspects of cartographic design and production.

ICA-IMIA Excellence in Cartography Award winners

British Columbia Road and Recreation Atlas

by IMIA Member Benchmark Maps

This map represents a portion of the extensively researched and field-checked atlas that brings Benchmark’s trusted brand of cartography to British Columbia’s varied and expansive landscapes, showcasing the province’s endless recreation opportunities alongside its stunning geography.


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Alaska Topography

by Greg Fiske, Woodwell Climate Research Center

Building on the strength of its winning design, this map of Alaska is used to show informative and effective tricks to the cartographic trade. A StoryMap shows, layer by layer, how one cartographer delivers excellence, with particular attention to terrain representation.


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ICA-IMIA Excellence in Cartography Award – Honorable Mentions

Alaska: Land, Water And Places

by James DePasquale

Nature Conservancy (Arlington, VA)

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Geology, Soil Environment and Hydrogeology of the Sidama Region, Ethiopia

by Kryštof Verner and Leta Megerssa

Czech Geological Survey


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Member News

Stanfords Map of the Month

The British Isles by Train and Ferry

by IMIA Member Cosmographics

This attractive, detailed map shows how the rail network, along with ferries to the more isolated areas, allows you to travel to places right across the British Isles and take in the beautiful scenery. The map clearly shows National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, forest and woodland areas and the Heritage Coast in England and Wales, much of which is accessible by train and ferry. The rail network includes seasonal and heritage railways. There is also a more detailed map of the London National Park City, the world’s first National Park City. Designed to be fully inclusive and accessible for everyone, including those with color vision deficiency.


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Welcome New Member

Northmaps Ltd is part of Jana Seta group – the leading cartography and geospatial intelligence company in the Baltic States. We provide our own products as well as provide cartography services to other companies. We have experience working with both our own data and open data sources. 

In our portfolio are tourism maps, wall maps, tour guides, city maps, atlases, scratch-off maps, as well as other map-related products like jigsaw puzzles, desk mats, etc. A network of reliable outsourced partners allows us to provide a solution for every need.

Northmaps team would be happy to find new partners with whom we could produce new excellent maps and help customers find the right way in the world!

To learn more, visit their website at northmaps.eu.

Call for proposals

The International Map Industry Association (IMIA) announces a request for proposals for the upcoming Mapping Leaders Forum scheduled to take place on June 5-6, 2024 in Denver, Colorado.

We are seeking proposals from experienced map and GIS companies to present content at the Mapping Leaders Forum. The event aims to bring together industry leaders, experts, and innovators to explore the latest trends, advancements, and challenges in the field of mapping and geospatial technology.

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Please submit your proposal in electronic format to Donna De Marco at imia@oferrallgroup.com no later than October 1, 2023.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2023

October 18-22, 2023 |  Frankfurt am Main, Germany

IMIA will be there! We have a Collective Stand that includes IMIA members: Avenza Systems, Inc., Cordee Ltd, Craenen, Interkart GmbH, Lovell Johns Ltd, MapSherpa, Nextbyte Technologies and Räthgloben. Be sure to stop by!

IMIA Annual Meeting & Social

December 7, 2023 | Virtual


IMIA Members around the globe are invited to join us with a drink in hand to virtually celebrate the successes of this year and look ahead to 2024.

Upcoming Industry Events

GeoGov Summit 2023

September 6-8, 2023

Herndon, Virginia, USA


This event will convene a forum of leaders and experts from across government, industry, NGOs, and academia to identify and explore opportunities to enhance national geospatial strategy and governance approach and Geospatial Infrastructure in support of National Development.


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BCS 60th Anniversary Conference 2023

September 20-21, 2023

British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK


Over the two-day event, BCS will welcome fascinating speakers from leading organizations involved in cartography and GIS. The first day consists of an in-person awards event. Day two is the full-day event, including presentations from their hosts and many more talks themed around their cartographic past and looking forward.


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GoGeomatics Expo 2023

November 6-8, 2023

Calgary, Alberta, Canada


IMIA is a proud sponsor of the GoGeomatics Expo 2023, which is being planned by GoGeomatics Canada in consultation with our industry, academia, association, and media partners. This new expo is the first Geomatics Technology Exposition and is distinctive to the North American Geo sector.


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Esri User Conference 2024

July 15-19, 2024

San Diego, California, USA


Learn, connect, and discover the latest advances in geographic information system (GIS) technology at the Esri User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego. Join thousands of users from around the globe and discover how you can leverage GIS capabilities to solve problems, build shared understanding, and create the world you want to see.


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