CGIA annually recognizes outstanding achievements in various aspects of GIS within California through its awards program. In addition to a "Chairman's Award" recognizing individual contributions to the advancement of the GIS field, Awards are presented in the categories of:
- Chairman's Award
- Exemplary Systems Award
- Advancement of Collaboration Award
- Outstanding Internet Application Award
- Excellence in Education Award
Granted to honor a person who has made outstanding contributions in the promotion, innovation, and/or use of GIS technology. The recipient should show continued, exemplary contributions over the course of a prolonged period of time.
Exemplary Systems Award
Granted for outstanding application of GIS technology representing innovative, elegant, or creative techniques. The technology may be transparent to the end user and is not required to display map output.
Advancement of Collaboration Award
Granted for outstanding inter-organization collaborative efforts in GIS. This award is granted for exemplary results from interorganizational standards adoption, data sharing, application deployment, or work process integration.
Outstanding Internet Application Award
Granted to the outstanding integration of GIS and web technologies demonstrating excellence in aesthetic presentation, functionality, ease of use, and overall user experience.
Excellence in Education Award
Granted to the educational institution that displays extraordinary approach, contribution, development or commitment to GIS education in California. Nominees will be judged on the basis of the breadth of courses offered, accessibility of classes, population served, technical facilities, and post-graduation support.