May 14, 2016.

After opening our third call for submissions in January this year, we and the judging committee reviewed nearly 250 maps. We put them side-by-side and analyzed each and every one, seaking out those maps that shined in aesthetic, art appeal, data curation, and everything in between.

Our judges this year:

Name Affiliation
AJ Ashton Mapbox
Alethea Steingisser InfoGraphics Lab, University of Oregon
Andy Woodruff Axis Maps
Daniel Huffman somethingaboutmaps
Hans van der Maarel Red Geographics
Ian Muelenhaus University of Wisconsin-Madison
Margaret Pearce University of Kansas
Nat Case Incase, LLC
Rob Roth University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tanya Buckingham University of Wisconsin–Madison
Tim Wallace New York Times
Tom Patterson National Park Service

The judging process, which followed the same outline as the previous volume, took place over the month of April and leaked into May. Thursday last week we emailed all submitters with the final results.

Soon we will introduce our finalists and honorable mentions. Stay tuned!