Wallis Award


Entries are invited from members of the Society of Cartographers for the Wallis Award for cartographic work completed during the current membership year. Entries should be accompanied by either a descriptive display panel or a written commentary, giving background details and technical information relating to the method of production. Download Wallis Award 2020 Entry Form

9bb0829a333b5390f3f06935811f1da4_xl041f8ef5b15effcb1dc4f41914f9679e_xl64cf547a8aac0c429c1de171c29426f0_xlCongratulations to the 2016 Winner
Ben Hennig and his amazing Cartograms that were published in the Geographical magazine 2016

The basis for the award is “excellence in cartography”. The current award, courtesy of Honorary Member Mr David Wallis, provides a sum of £100 plus a certificate for the successful entrant. A 1-year free online subscription to Cartographica will also be awarded to the winning entry. Submitted entries must be comprised of cartographic design or production undertaken in full or as majority effort by a member of the Society of Cartographers.

Entries can be produced by either digital or traditional technology, in monochrome or multi-colour and may consist of a single map, a series of maps for a publication or an atlas. The criteria for judging will consider such factors as overall clarity; balanced layout and design; aesthetic appearance; content fit for purpose; and the appropriate selection and use of colours, type and symbology.

Notification and details (particularily size and format) of the entries should be sent to the Hon. Secretary, together with a note of your membership number, as soon as possible and by the end of August at latest. The entry itself should either be forwarded to the Hon. Secretary or submitted prior to the Annual Summer School. Judging will take place during the week of the Annual Summer School where all entries will be exhibited.




Congratulations to Helen Stirling for winning the 2015 Wallis Award for her map ‘The Black Isle by foot, bike & train’ visit HelenStirlingMaps.com


David Overton from SplashMaps wearing the 2014 Wallis Award winning entry ‘Le Tour du Nord’. The cartography was created in partnership with Steer Davies Gleave, the map traces the route of the 2014 Tour de France ‘Grand Depart’.




Previous Wallis Award Winners

2015201420122011201020092008200720062005200420032002200120001999199819971996199519941993199219911990198919871984CMYK1982198119801978a1977b1977a1976b1976a1975b1975ahelpusCompiled by Mike Shand (Hon. Sec. 1987-2014) and Miles Irving (Hon. Sec. 2015 +)