The winners of the Bizarre Map Challenge have been announced. First place went to Christopher Brown of the University of Alabama whose map showing a section of the Mississippi River and the Bayou Lafourche of French colonial longlots in coastal Louisiana coincidentally resembled an alligator’s head. The contest was open to high school and undergraduates to submit an original map that are “bizarre”, defined by the rules as maps that “use unusual techniques, illustrate bizarre topics, or exhibit striking patterns.” The top ten entries were selected by a distinguished panel of five judges that included Dr. Keith C. Clarke of UCSB and Dr. Mark Monmonier of Syracuse University. Those top ten entries were voted on by the public, with the top vote getter being awarded the top prize of $5,000.
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