The Esri/SCGIS International Conservation Mapping Competition was organized to find and recognize the best conservation mapping work in the world today. We specifically used the term "mapping" in order to take in the wide variety of digital and online work that have expanded our concept of mapping well beyond static paper maps. In all we received over 100 entries representing countries and projects all over the globe. We are especially grateful to the international Society for Conservation GIS, who played a critical role in reviewing and juding all of the entries. Comprised of Conservation GIS practicioners and senior organization staff from every major non-profit conservation group and many environmental agencies and businesses, SCGIS is the foremost society representing and supporting Conservation GIS professionals worldwide (www.scgis.org).
One criteria was to place equal emphasis on an essay where each entrant got to tell how they made their map. What was the story they needed to tell? How did they make decisions about what to include and what to leave out so that their map told that story best? In the end, the winners all displayed a deep consideration for design, systematic, thoughtful approaches to the problem of telling a specific story for a specific audience, leading to careful, reasoned decisions about how to build the map that best fulfilled that design. Sometimes a design calls for intricate details and complexity, where that's what works for the defined audience. Sometimes simplicity works best.
GRAND PRIZE: Andrew DiMatteo, Duke University, VA, with Bryan Wallace, Brian Hutchinson, Rod Mast, Kellee Koenig, Miya Su Rowe and Patrick Halpin, from SWOT Report Vol. 6 ,www.seaturtlestatus.org
GRAND & INNOVATION (this page)
SOCIETY & WEB
Source: http://www.conservationgis.org, Αθανάσιος Δ. Σαπανίδης