Meet the challenge winners


To learn more about the winning stories, visit the ArcGIS StoryMaps blog. Visit the challenge story collection to explore the work of all 18 finalists.

A stingray on the blue ocean floor surrounded by a school of yellow fish

What is the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps challenge?

For the annual ArcGIS StoryMaps competition, Esri and the National Geographic Society teamed up to host the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Challenge for Restoring Our Ocean.

The global challenge encouraged storytellers to create impactful stories about ocean health and conservation. Story submissions from over 20 countries addressed pressing issues for our ocean and the planet—from plastic pollution and wildlife protection to the blue economy.

Guest judges selected first-, second-, and third-place winners in a track for high school students and a track for college students and young professionals, featured below. And you selected the first-ever ArcGIS StoryMaps People's Choice Award winner, Yamuna: Froth For Tears.

Congratulations to our inspiring storytellers.

Photo by Manu San Felix, National Geographic

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