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UConn Women's Basketball Map Wins Award!

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

I am really excited to announce that my UConn Women's Basketball Map has won a commendation award from the British Cartographic Society (BCS)! The award was in the John C. Bartholomew Award category for thematic mapping. This was the first time that I had entered a cartography competition, so I was thrilled when the BCS reached out to me to share my map's success!

The story of how I entered the competition is a little funny. I finished the map shortly after UConn's championship season in early April and had a few posters printed for my personal use. One of the softwares I use is MAPublisher, and it's creator, Avenza, is a sponsor for one of the BCS's award categories. A few days before the end of April, I receive a promotional email from Avenza advertising the BCS Awards competition and encouraging people to submit their maps. I thought that would be kind of fun, so I looked into the submission guidelines: I had two days to get a soft copy and hard copy version of my map to the UK!

I quickly filled out the application form and emailed the PDF. That was the relatively easy (and certainly cheap) method of getting something to the UK. Then I visited my local FedEx Office and found out that overnighting a long map tube to the UK is not cheap. I sent the map away and hoped for the best (but expecting nothing). When I was contacted by someone from the BCS in August, asking if I was going to be attending the Awards Banquet in September, I was excited for what that might mean! Unfortunately, a trip to the UK was neither in my calendar nor my budget, so I had to inform the BCS that I would not be present. Nevertheless, a subsequent email informing me that my map was Commended in the John C. Bartholomew Award was very exciting! I was given an official BCS logo (picture shown) that I could place on all future print runs of my map. With NACIS coming up in October, I added the logo to my map and printed a new copy to take with me and include in the map display.

The official BCS logo for placement on winners of the commended category of the John C. Bartholomew Award for Thematic Mapping, 2016.

UCONN Huskies Women's Basketball Map

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