'Drawing a map by hand' was a suggestion made by Reckless Enthusiasm in the contest suggestion forum. It was a great suggestion and given quality, numbers and enthusiasm in this contest, I think there is little doubt that we will be doing this as a main contest soon and will perhaps also repeat the contest for both main and lite from time to time.
Although so many of us complain that we can't draw and rely instead on the software to do the heavy lifting for us, I think many of us would find a 'badly' hand drawn map more interesting to look at then a bunch of symbols pasted on a page and called a map. Hand drawn maps have character and an individual feel because they are hand drawn. Filters and symbols are just filters and symbols and they need to be treated deftly to give them character.
Hand drawing a map takes courage (there is no Ctrl-Z) and many of the best mappers on the guild create their maps by a combination of hand drawn and digitised work. In this contest, there was no digitisation allowed apart from scanning the map. The results were quite phenomenal.
The usual exhortations:
Please vote for 2 entries.
Please give reputation to those who are deserving of it.
Thanks everyone for taking part. This was a great contest bringing out some fantastic entries from newer members of the guild.