MoveMap 2021

Thank you for voting in our MoveMap competition. Voting is now closed.

Winners have been announced!

Please visit the following category pages to check out all of our entries:

Animal movements have fascinated humans for a long time and who does not love to look at maps of animal movements? However, producing good maps is challenging!

In February 2021 we launched our annual MoveMap competition – asking ecologists, geographers and cartographers, computer scientists, and data science nerds to brush up on their mapping skills and apply them to animal movements. Our aim was to attract contributions from a broad range of fields, to facilitate knowledge exchange. Entries could make use of any types of animal movement data, including those from public repositories such as Movebank.

Maps can be produced for different purposes, so we asked for contributions to 4 different categories – the pretty one (the most beautiful/artistic map); the nerdy one (the map displaying the most technically challenging/smart solution/approach); the dynamic one (the best dynamic map of animal movements); and the RMap one (the best map produced entirely using R, with complete reproducible code). 

The first competition was a success, as we received 42 amazing contributions across the four categories (10 ‘pretty’ maps8 ‘nerdy’ maps18 ‘dynamic’ maps, and 4 ‘RMaps’) from 30 international research institutions. The winner was decided through a combination of 80% public vote and 20% committee vote. Over 500 people voted!

The winners were each invited to write a blog post on the blog for the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution (for the RMap and Dynamic category winners) or the Journal of Animal Ecology (for the Pretty and Nerdy category winners).

Click here to see our MoveMap 2021 winners.

The original MoveMap Competition instructions were as follows:

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