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Hi All,

I'm not sure if this might be of interest to any of you. I'm one of the mods at the Cartographers' Guild website. The maps we do are artistic / imaginative rather than factual / accurate (usually based on fantasy / science fiction / alternate history themes). One of our members, Torstan, has hooked up with the Soho Gallery for Digital Art. We have just finished a two month show of fantasy maps there and the gallery has asked us to do another exhibition which will start running in November. We are running a contest at the Cartographers' Guild for maps to submit to the exhibition, and I wondered whether any of you might want to take part. It would be great to have 'serious' mappers like yourselves joining in with your own brand of imaginative mapping.

If you would like to learn more or take part, you can visit the relevant post at the Guild here. You will have to register to join the competition (sorry) as images are only visible once that is done.

You can find out more about the previous exhibition here

I copy and paste Torstan's info about the forthcoming exhibition below:

The Cartographers' Guild, in partnership with the Soho Gallery for Digital Art, presents Mapping the Big Apple. The challenge is to create a map inspired by New York. From early drafts of the streets of New Amsterdam, to the grid layout of Manhattan when Central Park was first proposed to the iconic New Yorker cover from March 29th, 1976 - New York has always inspired cartographers and artists with its streets and avenues. And not just cartographers. Manhattan has been destroyed in more ways that any other city. From the monster of Cloverfield to the ice age of The Day After Tomorrow - New York has taken it all. Now it's your task to take this iconic skyline and represent it in your own way.

In this challenge you must create a map inspired by New York. It must be letter sized (11" by 8.5") or larger and a minimum of 150dpi. Beyond that, your imagination can be your guide. It can be anything from an ant colony in central park to an airship shipping lane map with a terminus on top of the Empire State. As long as New York is involved in some way, your map will be eligible.

The contest will run until the 31st of October, after which there will be a round of public voting. The top 45 maps will be included in an exhibition at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art that will run in Manhattan from the 16th of November until the 12th of December. As part of the exhibition, the gallery will sell prints of the maps to the public, with 70% of the price after print costs going to the artists. The top three entries will get pride of place at the center of the gallery and the winner will have their work used in publicity material for the show.

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