Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards seek 2017’s best ‘data detectives’

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The Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards return for their sixth year to celebrate the world’s best data visualizations, infographics, interactives and information art.

The Awards, founded as a collaboration between data journalist David McCandless, author of Information is Beautiful, and Kantar, highlight the role of infographics & data visualization in uncovering insights and increasing understanding in our complex, data-driven world.

A new categorization is introduced in 2017, with judging criteria pivoting to subject matter from type of visualization. The eight new categories are Arts, Corporate, Current Affairs, Environments, Humanitarian, Science, Sports, and for everything outside the box: Unusual.

The 2017 Awards will be judged by a diverse panel of over 30 judges, including leading experts from each category subject area, visualization artists, and past winners. Additionally, there will be a public vote, which opens on 10 October, with a community of over 300,000 helping to decide winners.

David McCandless said: “Around the world, designers, coders, researchers and journalists are creating graphics & interactives that shine light on everything from immigration and climate change to crime rates and relationships. We are honored to showcase such illuminating, interesting and innovative work at the Information is Beautiful Awards.”

Emma Whitehead, Creative Director at Kantar, said: “The combination of pin-sharp data and beautiful visuals creates an incredibly powerful tool to help people and companies uncover insights and make better decisions. We hope the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards can help bring this art & science to as wide an audience as possible.”
Thanks to the generous support of Kantar, $20,000 in prizes will be awarded to data visualisation creators from around the world. The winners will be unveiled at the annual awards ceremony in London at the end of November/the beginning of December. Please get in touch for early media accreditation for this event.

Key dates in this year’s awards:

  • Entry deadline: Friday 15 Sep, 23:59 PST
  • Showcase announced Tuesday, 19 September
  • Longlist announced: Tuesday 3rd October
  • Shortlist announced & public voting opens: Tuesday 17 October
  • Voting closes Friday 27 October, 23:59 PST
  • Awards Ceremony: Tues 28 November, London.

Previous Kantar Information Is Beautiful award winners include: Spies in the Skies (2016), an exploration of airborne government surveillance in the U.S. by Buzzfeed; Dear Data (2015), hand-drawn dataviz postcards by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, now a best-selling Penguin book; Raw (2014), an influential dataviz software from DensityDesign Research Lab; Bloomberg Billionaires Index (2013), by Bloomberg Visual Data; and CNN Home & Away (2012), a visual tracking recent war casualties by noted dataviz designers Stamen.


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