Craft Your Best Story Map

Enter Esri’s Storytelling with Maps Contest

What: Storytelling with Maps Contest
When: Now through June 8, 2015
More information: Visit the Storytelling with Maps Contest site to enter.

Calling all creative mappers! Esri is sponsoring the Storytelling with Maps Contest. You can submit your best story map for a chance at prizes and peer recognition at the 2015 Esri User Conference (Esri UC), the largest gathering of GIS software users in the world. Contestants can submit up to three new or existing maps between now and 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on June 8.

“We’re looking for maps that grab people’s attention and make a lasting impression,” said Allen Carroll, leader of the Esri Story Maps team. So what goes into making a good story map, especially a winning one? Being imaginative and interested in your topic, choosing the proper story map app, and paying attention to detail, according to several of last year’s contest winners and a judge. (Read Storytelling with Maps: Winners of an Esri Contest Share What It Takes to Make a Great Story Map App.)

The Story Map Journal app was used to build We are Living in the Age of Humans story map
The Story Map Journal app was used to build We are Living in the Age of Humans story map.

“If you are passionate about the subject, it can really get the creative juices flowing,” said Rupert Essinger, an Esri product engineer who served as one of the judges for the 2014 contest.

Submissions will be judged on a range of factors, including design, user experience, impact, and overall creativity with an interesting and engaging story. Winners will be awarded first-, second-, and third-place prizes in five categories: Travel/Destinations/ Recreation; Infrastructure/Planning/Government; Science/Technology/Education; Culture/History/Events; and Conservation/Environment/Sustainability.

One grand prize will be awarded to the best overall story map entry, as determined by the contest judges. Here are the prizes:

All entries must make use of one of the Esri Story Map apps such as Story Map Tour, Story Map Journal, and Story Map Shortlist. Your story map may be hosted in ArcGIS Online or on another server. Contest participants may—and are encouraged to—customize the story map apps to suit their needs. Winners and each winning story map will be announced at the Esri UC in July.

Send your story map today
The deadline to submit a story map is June 8.

About the author

Samantha MacDonald has specialized in developing digital content, including thought leadership articles, webpages, and e-Books. She has written about the intersection of GIS and technology trends such as digital transformation, big data analytics, and the Internet of Things. Earlier in her career, Samantha worked in public relations and as a journalist and copy editor. She earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in public relations and communications from the University of Southern California.