May 16, 2018.

We had over 300 total entries for this year’s atlas, which is more than any previous volume! With only 32 maps featured in the book, selecting the finalists has not been easy. After a long process of deliberation, we have selected the maps to be featured in the 2018 edition of the atlas.

In alphabetical order by title, here are the 2018 finalists:

2018 Atlas of Design Finalists

Title Cartographers
(In)visible Night Sky Martin Pulicar
A qui appartient l’Arctique? Des revendications multiples. (Who owns the Arctic? Multiple claims.) Xemartin Laborde, Delphine Papin & Bruno Tertrais
A Visual History of the U.S. State Boundaries Joshua Korenblat
Asahi-Dake - The heart of the Daisetsuzan National Park Markus Hauser
Banff, Yoho & Kootenay National Parks Recreation Map and Visitor Guide Jeff Clark
Bhoutan, un confetti himalayen lorgné par deux géants (Bhutan, a Himalayan “confetti” ogled by two giants) Francesca Fattori & Xemartin Laborde
Car-Free Key West Kate Chanba
Chicago El map inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright Max Roberts
Cleveland Metroparks Centennial Map Brandon Garman
Coming Home to Indigenous Place Names in Canada Margaret W. Pearce
Decorative map of Spain Mike Hall
Eastern Pacific Ring of Fire John Nelson
FLM Jeroen Stevens
Glacial Landforms of the Puget Lowland Daniel Coe
Housing Prices Ripping San Francisco Apart Doug McCune
How Deep is Dark Star? Charles Preppernau
Katmai National Park and Preserve Panorama / Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Joe Milbrath & Jim Eynard / Tom Patterson
King Eider Daniel P. Huffman
North Cascades Collaboration Nikki Frumkin & Jason Curtis
One City Marathon Jonah Adkins
Pictorial Map and Walking Guide to Philadelphia Bill Marsh
Rhaetian Railway Map Arne & Martina Rohweder
Sierra Snow Cover 2017 Nathaniel A Douglass
Skenara, the Land Beyond the Sea John Stevenson
Slavery in the United States Bill Rankin
South Carolina Historic Rainfall and Flooding, October 2015 Tanner Arrington
Starving to death: Wars in four countries have left 20 million people on the brink Laris Karklis
Tactile Map of Switzerland Anna Vetter
The Annapolis River Heather Smith
The Blanco River Molly O’Halloran
The Melting of Antarctica Lauren Tierney
What if it was your city? Alberto Lucas López

Congratulations to all finalists!

Additionally, we would like to recognize the following maps with an honorable mention:

2018 Honorable Mention

Title Cartographers
Beyond the Sea Andy Woodruff
Bombing Missions of the Vietnam War Cooper Thomas
From the Village of Fez to the City of Sefrou Alex Hotchin
Hyranden: The Eastern Lands Jared Blando
Lost Cause: Seeing America Through the Losing Candidates’ Map Lena Groeger
Map of Firsts: A Timeline of the Most Iconic Infographics RJ Andrews
Nature in the City Lindsay Irving
Public Lands of Montana Jamie Robertson
Rivers of Life: The Great Salmon Migration Lee France
Swiss World Atlas 2017 - Mount Everest Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Lorenz Hurni
The Essential Geography of Oregon David Imus

We plan to feature the honorable mention maps in a future blog post, as well as on our Twitter account!

There were also many excellent maps in addition to the 40-some listed above. Thank you to all contributors!