National Geographic Maps and Adventure Magazine Launch New Awards - SNEWS

National Geographic Maps and Adventure Magazine Launch New Awards

First Annual Outdoor Geographic Awareness Awards to be Presented at Outdoor Retailer in August
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EVERGREEN, COLO. (May 22, 2008) -- National Geographic Maps, in collaboration with National Geographic Adventure magazine, has introduced the first annual Outdoor Geographic Awareness (TOGA) Awards to identify and showcase outdoor retailers, manufacturers, nonprofit and government organizations and individuals who are finding new and creative ways to promote geographic awareness and build outdoor participation. The TOGA Awards reflect National Geographic's mission to inspire people to care about the planet and to encourage people of all ages to explore their world.

TOGA Awards will be evaluated and awarded based upon the applicant's overall contribution to increasing geographic awareness during the previous calendar year. Awards will be considered in four categories: outdoor retailer, industry manufacturer, nonprofit/government and individual.

Evaluating factors include the overall reach, effectiveness and creativity of a campaign, event or activity; the benefit to the outdoor industry; and how easily replicated a campaign may be so that others can build upon it to increase its influence. Examples of geographic awareness programs include training in mapping, geography and navigation, or educational events, programs and materials related to a particular geographic location or to the environment and stewardship of specific lands.

“As the outdoor industry continues to focus on conservation and the environment, we are pleased to introduce the TOGA Awards to recognize those who are focusing on the importance of geography, thus increasing the level of understanding and caring for the world around us,” said Fran Marshall, president, National Geographic Maps.

“The TOGA Awards will celebrate activities that inspire people to value natural places and the people around them,” said Francis X. Farrell, publisher, National Geographic Adventure. “TOGA will salute activities that get people to care about places by preparing them to have great fun there.”

Applications and nominations will be accepted online at www.natgeomaps.com/toga through Friday, June 27, 2008. Finalists will be selected by a board of industry professionals and National Geographic staff. The awards will be presented on Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, at 4 p.m. at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, in the National Geographic Maps booth.

About National Geographic
The National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. National Geographic has funded more than 8,800 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy.

About National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps was established as a division of the National Geographic Society in 1915 and has been producing maps for National Geographic magazine and other Society groups for more than 90 years. National Geographic Maps produces TOPO! outdoor recreation mapping software, Trails Illustrated maps and software, globes, wall maps, travel maps and atlases, and professional software. For more information on National Geographic Maps, visit www.natgeomaps.com.

About National Geographic Adventure
National Geographic Adventure, winner of four National Magazine Awards, is the fastest-growing magazine in the outdoor category and the ultimate guide to the adventure lifestyle. Published 10 times a year, with a rate base of 600,000, National Geographic Adventure has
2.4 million readers. It is available by subscription (800-NGS-LINE) and on newsstands in the United States ($4.95) and Canada ($6.95). Its editorial mission supports National Geographic's corporate global mission to inspire people to care about the planet. The magazine's Web site is www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure.

CONTACT:
Cindy Beidel
(202) 862-5286
cbeidel@ngs.org

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