2017 Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest

Meet the winners!

(BIG thanks to all. Keep on creating great Story Maps!)

Grand Prize

Grand Price Story Map

Washington's Ice Age Floods

Story Map Cascade

This visually engrossing story map documents the cataclysmic floods that shaped the landscape of the Pacific Northwest during the last ice age. Maps, images, and videos illuminate the deluge’s devastating path of destruction from western Montana to the Pacific Ocean.

Daniel Coe
Washington Geological Survey


Travel, Destinations, and Recreation

story map

1st The Rickshaw Run

Story Map Cascade

To celebrate their father’s 60th birthday, brothers Will and Chris took him on an unconventional vacation: a 3,000-km dash across India in an underpowered rickshaw.

Chris Counsell

story map

2nd How Long Would It Take You To Drive Around Australia?

Story Map Journal

Australia is big. Find out just how big by comparing travel-time around its circumference with a driving route from Europe to Asia. Learn about the diversity of places along the way.

Charles Moriarty
University of Edinburgh

story map

3rd Footpaths of Erissos

Story Map Series - Tabbed

Explore the outdoors on Erissos in Greece with this guide to hiking paths. Follow the routes by clicking on points to learn about areas of historical interest, as well as plenty of beaches for swimming.

Spyridon I. Staridas
STARIDAS GEOGRAPHY Making Maps Pretty !!


Infrastructure, Planning, and Government

story map

1st Putting Park Back in Parkway

Story Map Cascade

As Canada’s National Capital Commission sees it, the SJAM Parkway is poised to become a signature riverfront park. Discover their vision through a combination of photos, maps, and sketches of what could be.

National Capital Commission

story map

2nd Downtown Reborn

Story Map Cascade

Over the past 40 years, Downtown Greenville in South Carolina has gone from floundering to thriving. Travel through time with this story map to see how a multitude of forces fostered such a veritable transformation.

Kevin Howard, Leslie Fletcher, MJ Simpson, Scott Aulen, and Scott Bachman
City of Greenville, SC

story map

3rd North Monroe Corridor Project

Story Map Cascade

Spokane Washington’s North Monroe Corridor will undergo a multi-million-dollar reconstruction effort in 2018. To put concerned citizens’ minds at ease the city turned to story maps, letting from-the-ground visuals underscore the project’s importance.

Boris Borisov
City of Spokane, WA


Science, Technology, and Education

story map

1st Washington's Ice Age Floods

Story Map Cascade

This visually engrossing story map documents the cataclysmic floods that shaped the landscape of the Pacific Northwest during the last ice age. Maps, images, and videos illuminate the deluge’s devastating path of destruction from western Montana to the Pacific Ocean.

Daniel Coe
Washington Geological Survey

story map

2nd Native Trees of the Pacific Northwest

Story Map Journal

Pairing visually striking photographs with an index of trees, this Story Map Journal app provides an exhaustive guide to species native to the Pacific Northwest. Map action buttons accompany each listing to reveal the geographic extent of the species.

Daniel Coe
Dan Coe Photo

story map

3rd Snow Avalanches

Story Map Cascade

The Avalanches in the Swiss Alps can be deadly. This Story Map Cascade app demonstrates the ability of remote sensing to detect the location and probability of avalanche release, and the density of where avalanches occur.

Karolina Korzeniowska
BSF Swissphoto GmbH and University of Potsdam


Culture, History, and Events

story map

1st The Cruel Reality

Story Map Journal

This somber story map recreates Plaszow Concentration Camp, in Krakow, Poland, through historical and contemporary satellite imagery, 3D models, and chilling personal narratives.

Anna Kurylowicz and Marzena Koziak
AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow

story map

2nd The Genesis of Exodus

Story Map Cascade

Each year, tens of thousands of Central Americans attempt to cross into the United States. This customized Story Map Cascade app, available in English and Spanish, adeptly identifies and explains the root causes of Central American migration through maps, interactive charts, and oral histories.

Vicente Miguel Guna Serrano
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

story map

3rd Aeneid: an interactive Voyage

Story Map Journal

A father–daughter duo combines their love of art and classic mythology in this story map, bringing The Aeneid to life like never before.

F. Gianluca & Gaia Sperone
Wayne State University


Conservation, Environment, and Sustainability

story map

1st Diverse Farms, Diverse Foods: Farm Size and Nutrient Diversity

Story Map Cascade

A visually engrossing exploration of farming practices around the world, and the effects of farm size on nutrient diversity. Beautiful maps, photos, and graphics bring the story to life.

Peder Engstrom & Barrett Colombo
University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment

story map

2nd Marine Debris Clean Up in Samish Traditional Territory

Story Map Cascade

This cascade documents the Samish Indian Nation's ongoing efforts to remove harmful marine debris and creosote from their traditional territory on Washington's San Juan Archipelago.

Casey Palmer-McGee
Samish Nation

story map

3rd Metro Denver Nature Alliance

Story Map Cascade

Explore how a coalition of NGOs and government groups in Colorado’s capital are leveraging geospatial data to deepen metro Denver communities’ engagement with nature.

Lindsay Withers
The Trust for Public Land


Honorable Mention


Conservation, Environment, and Sustainability

story map

Sarayaku: In Defense of Territory

Story Map Journal

For years, Ecuador’s indigenous Kichwa community has fought tooth and nail to protect their traditional lands from encroaching oil companies. This expertly customized Story Map Journal app, which was used as a visual aid in court testimony, illuminates the Kichwa's struggle.

Rudo Kemper
Amazon Conservation Team


Culture, History, and Events

story map

Structured Inequality: How the Interstate Highway System divides America's neighborhoods

Story Map Cascade

Does the U.S. Federal Interstate System bring us together or keep us apart? Use the maps in this cascade story to explore patterns of income distribution and interstate construction.

Mariel Brunman
Wesleyan University


Science, Technology, and Education

story map

Using UAVs to Aid Policy and Decision-Making in Western Ghana

Story Map Cascade

Learn about how UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are revolutionizing policy-making for the Ghana Sustainable Fisheries project. UAVs assess flooding and erosion using LIDAR, remotely sense mangrove forests, and map coastal settlements to inform community planning.

Aimee Mandeville and Christopher Damon
University of Rhode Island


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