Avenza Announces Return of Annual Map Awards for 2013

- Open to all map makers who use Avenza mapping products -

Toronto, ON, May 1, 2013 - Avenza Systems Inc., producers of geospatial plug-ins for Adobe Creative Suite, including MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop, and the PDF Maps app for iOS, is pleased to announce the return of its Annual Map Awards. The competition is open to all mapmakers from around the world who use Avenza products in the creation of their maps which were completed or published during 2012 or 2013. The various category awards recognize achievement in the art and science of cartography and promote the advancements and innovation made in mapping. Both professional mapmakers and students are encouraged to apply for the awards.

"In a few short years, we have witnessed the dramatic improvement in design and quality of maps,” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. “The visualization of information and how it is conveyed on a map is becoming more and more innovative. Mapmakers are living in a very fortunate time when map creation technology and the availability of high quality data sets are easily attainable,” he added. “We're constantly trying to push the creativity of our users with new geospatial tools available in our products. We now want to see the incredible maps created with those tools.”

Category winners will receive their choice of a one year license of MAPublisher or Geographic Imager and will be featured in the Avenza Map Store. Both winning and notable entries will also be displayed in a map gallery on Avenza is currently accepting map submissions until June 30, 2013. There is no fee for map submissions. Visit for more information about map categories, submission guidelines, and judging criteria.


More about Avenza Systems Inc.

Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools to make better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services, as well as the PDF Maps app for purchasing and using maps on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. Visit for more details.


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Winner of the O'Reilly Where 2012 Conference Free Pass

There were much more participants than I expected to our contest for a free pass to the O'Reilly Where 2012 Conference... and the winner is... Suneet Kamath! Congratulations Suneet!

Others can still benefit from saving 20% on registration fees by using the WHR12SLASH code.

Win a Free Pass to Where 2012 Contest and Free O'Reilly Mobile Webcasts

We were proud to announce last month that we're media partner with O'Reilly's Where 2012 conference again. This year, this major geospatial conference will take place in San Francisco, April 2-4 with an expected attendance of 1,000. That's in less than three weeks! If you are not registered but don't want to miss this motivating geospatial conference, we are running a contest for one free Conference Pass to Where 2012 (excluding workshops). How to participate? Simply drop me us a line while logged in with your Slashgeo account. I'll send you a confirmation that we did receive your interest for the Where 2012 free pass. The winner will be randomly chosen amongst users that enters the contest before midnight on April 20. If you have any questions, just ask! And good luck! :-)

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ikiMap launches the Map & Win Contest

ikiMap celebrates its first anniversary giving away a free iPad 2 with the Map & Win Contest

It has been one year since the free service to create and share maps got on the web. To celebrate it, ikiMap launches this April the Map & Win contest, where users who publish their maps on ikiMap from 5th April to 22nd of May, can win a free iPad 2.

The maps uploaded between those dates will be assessed according to their originality, the information provided and aesthetics, by a jury made up of the following people:

·         Jaime Novoa (Genbeta editor)

·         Alejandro Polanco (La Cartoteca editor)

·         Diego Fraga (Bitelia editor)

·         Manuel Gago (Capítulo Cero editor)

·         Alejandro Lamas (ikiMap CEO)

Every user can create as many maps as they want to, increasing their chances to win the prize.

See the complete contest rules below:

ikiMap, the service to share maps in a different way

ikiMap is a project created by the Sixtema company, which combines the concepts of maps and cartography with social networking, making easy to create, publish and share maps on the web.

During the last twelve months, more than 5,000 ikiMap registered users have created about 12,000 maps with this application. With tourism, environment and transport as the most popular subjects.

As for countries, Spanish users are the most active on uploading their maps, followed by Chilean and Indonesian.

These users have been, in great extent, the ones who suggested improvements and new functions that the application should hav. This has led to the application not only used by individuals but also by private companies and government agencies who find ikiMap an easy, quick and inexpensive way to create and share maps with both friends and clients.


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