Ordnance Survey Map Symbol Design competition

Just announced on the One Show apparently...
I was eating fish and chips at the time so missed it...

The One Show / Ordnance Survey Limited “On the Map” Design Competition

We are looking for something visual, original and eyecatching for our judging panel....

We have already run competitions to find the UK’s best chicken curry, chocolate brownies and home-made bread.

Now we want you to turn your hand to designing a map symbol, or several map symbols! We’re looking for your creative ideas in the following areas:

1) Vineyard
2) Skate Park
3) Caves
4) Toilet
5) Art Gallery
6) Electric Car Charging Point
7) Climbing Centre
8) Solar Farm
9) Kite Surfing
10) Ice Rink

All the details of how to enter are here on our website along with the terms and conditions. If you wish to enter a design for more than one category, please send each image in a separate email as your entry might not reach us if you attach multiple designs to one email. The competition is not open to professional graphic designers, map designers or professional cartographers.

Furthermore, as this is a competition for amateurs, entrants must declare any connection with commercial design when entering. Although this will not automatically exclude an entrant, the Organisers will consider any conflict of interest and reserves the right to exclude an entry on that basis.
Entrants are invited to submit a design for a map symbol for one or more of the specified categories listed above. Entries should be sent by email to the One Show email address theoneshow@bbc.co.uk.

Entrants are required to send an image file of their design, no bigger than 10 megabytes. You can create your design on a computer or draw it by hand and send us a photograph of it. We are unable to accept PDF files, but you can submit JPEG, PNG and JIF file formats.

4. Please include your name, a contact telephone number, and a brief description of your design in the body of your email.

5. Please specify which category you are entering your design for in the subject heading of your email. For example if you are submitting a design for an Ice Rink, please put “On the Map – Ice Rink” in the subject heading of your email. Failure to do this may result in your entry not reaching its appropriate judging category and being disqualified.

Entries may be submitted from Wednesday 13th May 2015. The entry window will close at midnight on Sunday 31st May 2015. Entries received after midnight onSunday 31st May 2015 will not be considered.

The designs will be passed over to the OS judging panel, which will consist of their expert map designers and independent judge, who shortlist the entries and will then select the winning design(s) based on the following criteria:

• Originality of design and quality of artwork
• Clarity of symbol – does it clearly represent the category?
• Suitability of design for reproduction on digital and printed maps

The name of the independent judge will be available on written request. The judges may choose up to a maximum of 10 winners for each category. However the Organisers reserve the right, in their absolute discretion, not to choose any winners for any category.

The winners will be notified by the week beginning the 21st June 2015. Competition results will be announced on the One Show on the 1st July 2015, although the Organisers reserve the right to change the date of this announcement. The winner(s) shall receive a bespoke OS map which features their map symbol.

So what are you waiting for? Go and get creative!


irejas said…
Fab competition. I have already emailed it out to our students. A chance to become OS famous!