To encourage the production of high quality maps the Map Group, on behalf of British Orienteering, awards a number of trophies to encourage high standards of mapping and related activities.
Traditionally, the three cartographic mapping awards (Chichester, Silva and Walsh Trophies) would be awarded for maps first used in competition during 2020. The Coronavirus epidemic has severely limited the number of events held in 2020 and expected to be held in 2021. Consequently, Map Advisory Group, have agreed not to make awards in those categories for 2020 but to invite nominations in early 2022 for maps first used in the two years between 1st Jan 2020 and 31st Dec 2021.
We are inviting nominations for the 2020 Bonington Trophy, which is awarded for contributions to mapping rather than for the cartography of a specific map. Entries must be submitted to email@example.com before Sunday 7th March 2021, using the form below.
This trophy was donated to British Orienteering by its Honorary President, Sir Chris Bonington, the world famous mountaineer. The trophy consists of a piece of rock collected from the summit of Mount Everest on Chris' 1985 expedition, mounted on a wooden plinth. It is awarded annually for the 'best contribution to mapping' which can cover a whole range of activities related to mapping.
The Chichester Trophy was donated by the Honorary President of the British Orienteering Federation in 1971, Sir Francis Chichester. The Trophy consists of the binnacle compass used on Sir Francis' 'round the world' yacht, Gipsy Moth V, mounted on a wooden plinth. The Trophy was first awarded in 1971 to Robin Harvey and Sue Bone for their map of Leith Hill. It was originally awarded for the Best Map produced in a single year, though later it was awarded for multiple maps or contribution to mapping. In 1985, with the introduction of the 'Bonington Trophy', the 'Chichester Trophy' reverted to the original concept of the best map produced by an amateur mapper.
With the high standard of professionally surveyed and drawn orienteering maps being produced in Britain, the British Orienteering Map Group decided, in 1992, that a new trophy should be awarded in recognition of these mapping companies. The Map Group annually awards the 'Silva Trophy' to the best professionally produced map. This trophy, sponsored by Silva U.K.Ltd. is made from Stourbridge crystal. This irregular shape, called cullet in the trade, is formed when the unused crystal cools. The base was made by Mike Baggott of Harlequins from English elm and the solid silver plate was purchased from a bullion supplier in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and engraved nearby.
This trophy was made by Mike Baggott of HOC and is sponsored by Walsh Shoes. The trophy is made of old walnut with a triangular cross-section and an etched plate with an image of Canary Wharf, London. It is awarded annually to the best urban or sprint map drawn to ISSOM specification.
Previous Award winners can be found here.
For more information on all the mapping awards, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org