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Map Gallery Winners!!

Best Overall & Best Cartographic Design: 2008 Idaho Wolf Activity Brent Thomas, Idaho Fish & Game

Most Unique: Using GIS to Index Fish Stranding and Trapping Morgan Omdal - Tetra Tech

Best Analytical - We have a tie : 2008 Idaho Wolf Activity Brent Thomas, Idaho Fish & Game
Willapa Bay Oyster Beds & Shellfish Areas Tim Triesch

Best Instructional: METRO's Automated 3D Building Modeling from LiDAR Clint Chiavarini

Best Student Presentation: 5th Street Cemetery Necrogeographical Study Steven Branting

Claim your prizes by emailing Paul


Conference Photos Online

Photos by Sam Lair are now uploaded to the flickr NWGIS Group Photopool.  Share your photos!  Membership to the group pool is an instantaneous one-click operation.  No excuses.

Talk Back.

Comments have been enabled on all Talks, Presentations and User Sessions. Visit the schedule or session list to find the specific talk and add a comment.

Let the speakers know what you liked, what you disliked and how the their talk might be improved.  Ask questions so we all can see the answer.

Anonymous comments are held for moderation.  Login to publish your comments without delay.

Thanks for your feedback!

Poster Contest Categories


This is your opportunity to showcase your graphic expertise, cartographic talent and creativity and technical skill.


Award Categories

  • Best Overall (cartography)
  • Most Unique (innovation)
  • Best Analytical Presentation (technical quality)
  • Best Cartographic Design
  • Best Instructional Presentation
  • Best Student Presentation



  • A map is a stand-alone cartographic product with the purpose of communicating spatial information in paper format. 
  • Entrants are limited to 1 entry in each category.
  • Mount maps on foam core on site or bring with.
  • Keep map size from 11X17 to 42x42 inches.

Contest will be judged by conference attendees.

Share your talent with other GISers, submit your contest entry today.

Submit an Abstract. Vote on Sessions. Be Part of NWGIS09!

Tired of boring presentations that don't relate to what you do?

Do something about it.  Influence the outcome by voting for abstracts as they are submitted to NWGIS Sessions.  Better yet, present yourself.  I know the idea is abstract, but it's one sure way to make sure the conference isn't abstract for the rest of us.

Take a look around.  This year's conference theme is "Doing More with Less."  That goes for this endeavor as well. 

  • Share your hacks, scripts, tips and tricks. 
  • Document ways you're succeeding in this economy. 
  • Recycle the poster you took to a conference last October. 

But whatever you do, participate.  Share your thoughts, vote on the outcome and come October floor us with your insights (or at least a good joke).