Since 2016, the OpenStreetMap community grants awards to outstanding members, projects and organizations, which have contributed to the project's growth. Every contributor can nominate someone or someone's project between April and July. Projects need to be published after 1 June 2018 for the awards of 2019. Most awards are for one or two individuals only. The voting starts after the nominations were verified to comply with the requirements for the specific award as well as the general conditions. Every contributor is eligible to participate in the ballot vote. However, nominations and votes might be linked to OSM accounts internally. OpenStreetMap Awards are awarded at the end of the State of the Map conference.
The voters will indicate whether one or more candidates should be awarded. They can also abstain from nominating any candidate or nominate all of them (both actions have the same result). The nominee with the most votes will be awarded.
- Core Systems Award
- Users are eligible if they have developed or maintained systems which are used by mappers on a daily basis.
- Innovation Award
- The award is given to users who have created an innovative service, mapping techniques, or a new perspective on existing tools.
- Influential Writing Award
- The award honours users who have provided insides to the project or inspired others writing texts.
- Greatness in Mapping Award
- The award is given to users for their significant additions or enhancements of OSM data.
- Expanding the Community Award
- Users engaged in growing or diversifying the community are awarded.
- Team Achievement Award
- Groups of users, which map together, grow the community, or provide data are eligible.
- Ulf Möller Memorial Award
- This is an award for positive contributions of all kind to an active individual.
Awards in previous years
In previous years, there were also awards for mapping continents with an under-average representation in OpenStreetMap. The eligibility for certain awards changed slightly, too.
The 2018 award ceremony took place on 30th of July at the State of the Map 2018 conference. The winners are:
- The Core Systems Award went to Sarah Hoffmann
- The Innovation Award went to Wikimedia Foundation Collaboration Team
- The Influential Writing Award went to Christoph Hormann
- The Greatness in Mapping Award went to Tshedy
- The Expanding the Community Award went to Christine Karch
- The Improving the Latin America Award went to Natalia da Silveira Arruda
- The Improving the Africa Award went to Crowd2Map Tanzania
- The Improving the Asia Award went to State of the Map Asia 2017 organizing team
- The Ulf Möller Memorial Award went to Richard Fairhurst
Three new award categories were added, to promote growing work in the regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The 2017 award ceremony took place on 19th of August at the State of the Map 2017 conference. The winners are:
- The Core Systems Award went to Kevin Bullock.
- The Innovation Award went to Tobias Zwick.
- The Influential Writing Award went to Ramani Huria.
- The Greatness in Mapping Award went to Jochen Topf.
- The Expanding the Community Award went to Pete Masters.
- The Improving the Latin America Award went to GeoChicas.
- The Improving the Africa Award went to the State of the Map Africa Organising Team.
- The Improving the Asia Award went to Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Indonesia.
- The Ulf Möller Memorial Award went to Martin Raifer.
The winners of the 2016 awards were announced on 25th of September at the State of the Map conference. They are:
- The Core Systems Award went to Roland Olbricht for the Overpass API.
- The Innovation Award went to Manuel Roth and Lukas Martinelli for OSM2VectorTiles.
- The Influential Writing Award went to the WeeklyOSM Team for their weekly news blog.
- The Greatness in Mapping Award went to for mapping a lot of hiking routes.
- The Expanding the Community Award went to Pascal Neis for his community maps.
- The Ulf Möller Memorial Award went to Frederik Ramm.
- Platform to collect proposals for nominations - awards.osmz.ru
- OSM Innovation Award on Wikidata Q55862998