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British Orienteering Awards 2019 - Winner of The SILVA Trophy Announced

British Orienteering Awards 2019

British Orienteering are pleased to announce the final winner of the Mapping Awards for 2019.

The SILVA Trophy is for the best map produced by professional mappers.

The three judges agreed that the winning map is:

Dunfermline by Chris Smithard.

Talking about the map Chris. said:  “Making a map of Dunfermline was a pleasure! It is the place where my Dad grew up and where my Uncle and Aunt still live so holds a special personal connection for me. Thanks to Kingdom of Fife Orienteers for giving me the opportunity to map it.”

“I would seriously recommend if you have the opportunity in the future that you should both go orienteering there and explore the town. With its old town centre, historic buildings and beautifully maintained park it is a gem that most people miss. More importantly it provides a varied and interesting orienteering challenge!”

The map awards for maps used in 2019 are decided on submissions provided by clubs and mappers. The judges were Ray Barnes, Brian Bullen and Susan Marsden with the scoring is based on specification, cartography and presentation.

“The stated aim of the Mapping Awards is to encourage and recognise high standards of mapping. Some opportunities for improvement that the judges identified include adhering to the BOF Rules for mapping and using the BOF symbol sets, improving generalisation and getting the scale correct.”

“The judges found it exceedingly difficult to differentiate between many of the maps submitted for several of the trophies. All those who submitted maps should be immensely proud of their achievements.”

“The judges would like to send their appreciation and congratulations to all entries for the high standard this year.”

Terry Smith (Acting Chair Map Advisory Group)

Chris Smithard - The winner of the SILVA Trophy.