Each summer at the Esri User Conference in San Diego, IMIA partners with the International Cartographic Association (ICA) to present the ICA-IMIA Recognition of Excellence in Cartography. Judges from both organizations review entries to the renowned Esri Map Gallery, to recognize excellence in map design and advancement in cartography. Below are recent award winners and honorable mentions.

2023 Winning Maps

British Columbia Road and Recreation Atlas

Benchmark Maps

Alaska Topography
Greg Fiske
Woodwell Climate Research Center

2023 Honorable Mentions

Alaska: Land, Water And Places
James DePasquale
Nature Conservancy (Arlington, VA)

Geology, Soil Environment and Hydrogeology of the Sidama Region, Ethiopia
Kryštof Verner and Leta Megerssa
Czech Geological Survey

2022 Winning Maps

Alaska, The Last Frontier

Benchmark Maps

Surficial Geology of Miami County, Kansas
John W. Dunham, Anthony L. Layzell, K. David Newell, Stephan C. Oborny, and Rolfe D. Mandel
Kansas Geological Survey – University of Kansas

2021 Winning Maps

Baja California Peninsula

Benchmark Maps

Southern Journey: The Migrations of the American South, 1790-2010
Justin Madron, Nathaniel Ayers, and Ed Ayers
University of Richmond

2020 Winning Maps

Quaternary Geology of the Indiana Portion of the Elkhart 30- x 60-Minute Quadrangle
José Luis Antinao, Robin F. Rupp, and Thomas Valachovics
Indiana Geological and Water Survey

Prince of Wales Island – Tongass National Forest

U.S. Forest Service Alaska Region Cartography, Pacific Northwest Region Cartography Unit, and Geospatial Technology and Applications Center (GTAC)

2019 Winning Maps

2018 Wildfire Season: Another Record-Setting Fire Season in the Province of B.C.
Sarah MacGregor, Natalie Work, Susan Westmacott, Nancy Liesch
Province of British Columbia, GeoBC


Benchmark Maps & Summit Terragraphics

2018 Winning Maps

Swiss Hiking Maps


Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas
Melanie A. Smith, Max S. Goldman, Erika J. Knight, and Jon J. Warrenchuk (editors)
Audubon Alaska

2017 Winning Maps

The relationship between place names of birds and landforms in Japan
Masataka Satoh
Tokyo Map Research, Inc.

Geologic Map of Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Paco VanSistine, Richard Madole, and Joseph Romig
U.S. Geological Survey

2016 Winning Maps

UNICEF: Unless We Act Now

Blue Raster, LLC

Surficial Geology of Morris County, Kansas
John Dunham, Robert Sawin, Ronald West, Richard Jarvis, and R. Zane Price
Kansas Geological Survey