[UPDATED] Winners of Map Your L.A. Contest

UPDATE: Given the huge number of great entries we received, we are having a second run of the contest with a brand new prize.

Click here for details of Map Your L.A. Contest: Part II.

Special thank you to all of the Power of Place: Map Your L.A. contestants. This contest developed into a visual conversation about Los Angeles County as a home from various, diverse perspectives. We discovered new corners of L.A., unfolded its histories, viewed communities through a child's eyes and shared visions of our city. Your submissions are valuable contributions in our ongoing understanding of Los Angeles.

Michael Shadovitz, 10 years-old, won the original contest prize--Los Angeles in Maps by Glen Creason, signed by D.J. Waldie

We selected our top three runners up, and inivite you to use the power of social media to help determine the winner. By "Liking" KCET Departures on Facebook first then "Liking" your favorite map of the runners-up everyone Voted! for "Northern L.A. Freeways" map by young Michael.


Michael, age 10, submitted this personal map titled "Northern L.A.: Freeways." It features a range of locations throughout the area with the many freeways that connect them. Michael spends hours drawing maps. He sometimes draws from memory, and at other times he draws from looking at one of his many Thomas Guides. This skilled young man knows L.A. streets cold and never has to trace a map.


Melissa's "Southern Migration" map demonstrates movements of her family from Spokane, WA to various parts of Los Angeles and Long Beach from 1919 to 2009. Centered in the movements is the cartographer's own migration south to the Downtown Los Angeles area. Migrations are recorded via colored-coded arrows marked by the year and person. Also included, in their respective colors are the various Los County Metro train routes. Below a tiny boat filled with cargo travels south in the Pacific Ocean.

Tom Lamb is a fan of maps and has been drawing since a young age. He first settled in Van Nuys after coming from Art College in Boston, MA. Tom included himself in the map driving a car. He has also lived in Silver Lake, Hollywood and now in Highland Park. Some of his favorite locations are shown including The L.A. Forum where he likes watching the L.A Kings play hockey.

The power of place is within you too! Share your personal maps with Departures to help expand our understanding L.A. Enter our Map Your L.A.: Part II contest by downloading the submission form linked below, illustrating your own map of L.A., then submit your work via email, Facebook, or snail mail to our address, ATTN: Departures.

See below for an archive of the entries.


'L.A. Poetry, Riots, & Places I Love' by Adolfo Guzman Lopez


'I Think I Live In L.A.' by Erica Angarano