24 Jun 2009

Collins Geo success at the BCS Awards 2009

Collins Geo scooped another clutch of awards from the British Cartographic Society (BCS) at their 2009 Award ceremony on 18 June.

We picked up the Stanfords Award and overall BCS Award for our joint entry of the new Collins Keystart Education Atlas and Collins Social Studies Atlas for Nigeria. We also received a commended in the Stanfords Award category for our Irish Times Universal Atlas of the World.

Winner of The BCS Award 2009:
Collins Geo for Collins Social Studies Atlas for Nigeria and Collins Keystart UK Atlas.

Given to the best from the winners of the Stanfords Award, Avenza Award, John C. Bartholomew Award, and the OS MasterMap Award.

BCS President Bob Lilley presents Graham Gill of Collins GEO with the BCS Award.

Photography by Martin Lubikowski

Winner of The Stanford Award:

Collins GEO for Collins Social Studies Atlas for Nigeria and Collins Keystart UK Atlas.

“Although these were presented as two separate entries the judges felt they were so similar in design and presentation that it would be have been difficult to choose between them. Both atlases tell a story in maps, diagrams, charts, text and images using clear and uncomplicated cartography with a good choice of colours and symbols. The complete visualisation of the atlases was felt to be very effective in communicating the full range of different themes and topics to the intended age groups.” – comment from the judging panel.

The Stanfords Award for Printed Mapping is open to any mapping in the printed form, whether it be a poster, folded sheet map, atlas or page from a book etc.

Commended in The Stanford Award:
Collins Geo for The Irish Times Universal Atlas of the World.

“This may be an atlas with more conventional mapping but the judges were impressed with the extra pages devoted to Ireland and also the section on the history of cartography and the continuation of this theme with the insertion of beautifully printed historical/archive mapping of countries across the world.”

The John C. Bartholomew Award
Collins Geo, through Collins Bartholomew and the family of the late John C. Bartholomew support The John C. Bartholomew Award for Small Scale Mapping. This award is presented for originality and excellence in the field of thematic (non-topographic, 1:100,000 and smaller) cartography with emphasis on effective communication of the intended theme or themes.

The John C. Bartholomew Award winner:
National Geographic Society for National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World.

“Taking the whole world as its theme, this atlas lives up to its title, and through a large series of well-compiled, beautifully designed thematic maps presents a dramatic picture of today’s world and the issues it faces. Many individual thematic maps are excellent in their presentation of often highly complex subjects. Although much of the material is not new, some of it is, and all is excellently produced. Many principles of thematic cartography are perfectly adhered to throughout the book.”

Graham Gill of Collins Bartholomew presented the award to Rebecca Hill of The National Geographic Society.

Sheena Barclay, Managing Director, Collins Geo, summed up the evening
“A great result and massive well done to Anne Mahon, Managing Editor for Geo Education, and the Geo team who produced and published the Education Atlases, and to Jethro Lennox and the team for the commended on the Irish Times Universal Atlas. To receive these awards from our industry is a fantastic tribute for our products.”

Photos and judges comments taken from the BCS website Awards 2009 section.

Further details:
Collins Keystart UK Atlas at
Collins Education website.
Collins Social Studies Atlas for Nigeria is part of a West African series (with Ghana and Sierra Leone atlases), contact us for further details.
The Irish Times Universal Atlas of the World on Amazon

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