The NJDEP’s mapping contest is an old tradition among map makers in the State of New Jersey. This year marked the 28th annual event with nearly 100 participants from NJ State agencies, County and academia. Michael Stepowyj of MERI (NJSEA) took the overall Gail P. Carter Award for “Best Application of Science and GIS”. Michael also took 2nd Place in Data Integration (12 entries) and 2nd overall in “Newbie” category. This was Michael’s first mapping contest as part of the MERI group and a remarkable achievement for the 3 categories he won. This marks the third year in a row that the MERI-GIS group received top awards in various categories in NJDEP’s annual mapping contest.