1: It's okay. Very clean look with the dark green land & black borders. I like the cool blue outline around the beach areas against the dark blue ocean. I would rather have seen the territory names on the map, rather than the key listing. Overall - nice, but not my vote. I think what people like are the mountain reliefs blended on the the terrain, and the brownish / yellowish areas on it. Makes it feel like a real satellite map. Nice - but not my vote.
2: More vibrant colors (i like them). The font style could use some work, and the title is really bad. A gradient fill and drop shadow don't make a good title. The compass rose sort of doesn't fit either. Also - I'm not a big fan of the bevel on the land. Good effort - but not my vote.
3: I love it. what a unique style! It reminds me of an old school conquer club map. I like how the map is sort of skewed so it's more vertical. I love the dot texture background. Very nice. The fonts are a bit hard to read, and I really don't care for the shaped army circles, but that stuff could be sorted out in the foundry. Great colors, great style, great title, and a great Central American feel that stands out from the rest. Well done - This Has My Vote !
4: A good clean map that I'm sure would get little complaints if won. The crest symbols beside the region names are cool. The ocean pattern is cool and the minimap in that oval is a nice touch also. I always like the minimaps. The title is boring (search some free font pages for a cool font, then add your own touch to it). That very light inner stoke on the borders is also nice. But overall, a little bland.
5: I like the pastel colors (;)) I would almost think you don't need army circles with colors this light. The ocean is a little boring. The borders on this map are excellent. Somebody knows the potential of the pen tool. Territory font could be worked on a bit - and again the title is just boring. Good base map that has potential. If this doesn't win, whomever the maker is should use this style on a different project. Nice work.
Great work on all the entries. I was hoping for more than just 5 entries, and a little more variety - but at any rate, I'm happy with what we have. My vote is for #3. I think another valuable take-away is what the 5 cartographers learned from creating their entries. No matter who wins, we've got 5 potential map makers who have honed their skills just a bit more.