Mapmaking Competition Winners

The judges’ decisions are in and all scores from the mapmaking competition have been tallied. It was a close race, and all contestants should be proud of their effort.

I know everyone just wants to know who won, so I’ll save the rest of my comments for the bottom of the post. Here are the winners:

1st Place – $100 ProFantasy Voucher

The Land of Mórthyr, by Warren Godone-Maresca

The Land of Mórthyr, by Warren Godone-Maresca

The Land of Mórthyr, by Warren Godone-Maresca

Here are some of the judges comments:

That’s a beautiful map! I dig the way you’ve done the sea texture around the coast.

This is a very striking piece. Both textures and font-pick are great giving it a nice authentic look.

I like the consistency in the symbols used. They all contribute to an overall style that ties the piece together.

2nd Place – $50 ProFantasy Voucher

Lands of the Shan'Gali, by Joachim de Ravenbel

Lands of the Shan'Gali, by Joachim de Ravenbel

Lands of the Shan’Gali, by Joachim de Ravenbel

Here are some of the judges comments:

Very striking and original. I keep wanting to look at the cool mountains and not the buildings.

Very smart piece.

I love how it tells a story in itself. As usual, your cut-away maps blow you away with their detail.

3rd Place – $25 ProFantasy Voucher

Two participants came in a dead tie for 3rd place, so it looks like I get to pony up another $25 to make sure they both get the rewards they deserve.

Gragmoor Quarry, by Nick Pelletier

Gragmoor Quarry, by Nick Pelletier

Gragmoor Quarry, by Nick Pelletier

Here are some of the judges comments:

Perfect example of a functional map, and it proves that maps without all the ‘arty-stuff’ can look great.

A good map that has everything I expect: organic looking village structure, legend, compass. Easy to read, good layout.

[I]t’s a great map that clearly lays out an interesting location. I could pick this up and use this in a game with no trouble at all.

Lune Fi - Latoon Regional Map, by AkherQursan

Lune Fi - Latoon Regional Map, by AkherQursan

Lune Fi – Latoon Regional Map, by AkherQursan

Here are some of the judges comments:

Very stylish with a strategy video game look.

That’s a wonderful map, with great typography.

I love the textures and color palette you used. Also the mapping elements you used are very refreshing giving it a real fantasy look.

Closing Comments

First of all, let me thank the judges for all their help. Not only were their cartography skills instrumental in scoring the contestants, but I believe they provided excellent feedback that will help the contestants improve their own skills.

As I said before, all the participants did a great job in this contest. The remaining contestants were not far behind the 3rd place winners. I hope you all enjoyed the competition and learned from the process and feedback, whether you ended up with a prize or not.

To the winners – I will send your voucher codes to you shortly, via the email you used to submit your map.

Thanks again to everyone one who judged, participated and even those who just observed. If you have any suggestions on how to improve for the next contest, please leave them in the comments below.


  1. This contest was a lot of fun. Seeing the other entries, I thought for sure my map wasn’t going to make the cut. Thanks for hosting this contest.

  2. Joachim de Ravenbel says:

    That was really interesting. I also thought at first that my map had nothing to do there. I’ll sure have another view on map mapping from now up.
    Thanks for all the nice and constructive comments and many thanks to you for this contest.

  3. Congratulations to the winners. Well deserved in my opinion.

  4. Duncan Peterson says:

    Loved the contest. It was fun making the map i made, and great to see everyone elses maps too. Got some good advice and lots of ideas to try out.

    Defiantly should hold another contest sometime.

  5. Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all the participants. It was great fun (and horribly difficult) to judge your excellent contributions.

    Thanks to John for organizing and hosting the competition. You’re doing a terrific job with this website.

    Keep up the good work!

  6. Grats to the winners; well done! Thanks for hosting the contest and I appreciate the insightful comments left by the judges.

  7. I’m glad everyone enjoyed the competition and I hope to host more in the future.

    In the meantime, if any contestants would like to alter their maps based on the judges feedback, I will post the modified version under your original.

  8. AkherQursan says:

    Thanks alot guys. Had a fun time playing around with maps and thanks alot for the feedback.

  9. Congrats to the winners! Beautiful work indeed.

  10. Congratulations to all entrants on their high quality entries, and some extra gratz to the winners of course! It was very interesting (and pretty hard too) to judge these great pieces. cheers!

  11. Mrrkyllothur took me up on my offer and updated his map. You can see his new version here.

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