I'm part of the committee for a new award by NACIS (the North American Cartographic Information Society):
The Corlis Benefideo Award for Imaginative Cartography.
From the page describing the award:
This award recognizes imaginative cartography. Cartography is often seen by the public as work opposed to imagination, grounded entirely in established fact. While this devotion to reflecting what is forms the heart of cartographic thinking, cartographers and artists who use maps as a basis for their work can (and do) take that grounding in fact and use it to venture into the world of the possible. Some explore real places from perspectives that allow us to see it fresh and full of possibility, and some take our established traditions of mapmaking, and indeed take fully-constructed maps themselves, and turn them on their heads to make us see ourselves anew. This award is to recognize this work and the perspective it brings to the field of cartography, and the contributions it makes to the world as a whole.
Sound daunting? I hope not. I hope it sounds exciting. There's details on nominating here, and nominations are due March 15. I hope you'll consider submitting a nomination!
Also, please share and encourage your friends to submit a nomination.
Oh, and who is Corlis Benefideo? Click here if you don't recognize the name... and thank you Barry Lopez.