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We received this wonderful email this morning from in reference to one of our Africa maps that I have on my site On my free map site I put up jpg versions of all of my editable PowerPoint and Adobe Illustrator maps. This give me exposure to the world and helps get my products out there. Along the sides I drop in ads for my pay maps and books. This has been very successful and a lot of fun. A great way to gain exposure.

One of the things I do is let people use the free maps in their projects, in fact I encourage it. Not everyone is going to buy a map but many people need a map. I also drop all of my credit info on each graphic with that hope that some of the free will turn into pay or gain me some exposure. And sometimes I just get to be in some cool projects like

This morning I received this email from David Stuart who is the editor at, how could I say no.

Dear Bruce Jones,

I am writing to request royalty-free us of a political map of Africa that bears your Copyright 2011. I found it here:

The desired use is in a photo essay “Condemned: Mental Health in Countries in Crisis in Africa” by photojournalist Robin Hammond, which received the 2013 FotoEvidence Book Award. The award involves the publication of 500 copies of his book which will be published in October by FotoEvidence. Our books are printed in high quality, on a Heidelberg press, in Istanbul, Turkey.  The Book Award operates at a loss and really represents a grant to the photographer.

Our designer would add the names of 9 countries in which Robin Hammond photographed the plight of the mentally ill over a period of 7 years.  We would, of course, credit the map to you on the credits page of the book.

FotoEvidence is a platform for documentary photographers whose work focuses on social justice and human rights.  The book award is judged by a renown international jury of photographers and photo editors.   You can see some of the work to be included in the book and the other type of work we publish at

Thank you for taking the time to consider my request.

David Stuart