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Meet the winners of the 2020 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition for the SDGs!

Competition Announcement

For the 2020 annual StoryMaps contest, Esri and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) hosted the 2020 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). View the competition winners in the 2020 Winners Gallery.

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Meet the winners of the 2020 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition for the SDGs

Through the 2020 ArcGIS StoryMaps competition, Esri and SDSN invited storytellers worldwide to solve global challenges through GIS and storytelling. And you responded!

By the numbers:

  • We received 300+ competition entries from 47 countries in the student and professional tracks combined.
  • Student submissions spanned 74 schools, 22 countries, and 18 U.S. states.
  • 150+ organizations submitted stories to the professional track.

Which stories stood out above the rest? Our 2020 Storytellers of the Year used innovative storytelling techniques, mapping best practices, and sound data to create solutions-oriented stories about the SDGs.

Our four guest judges for the competition selected first-, second-, and third-place winners in student and professional tracks from the competition finalists.

See the winners in our 2020 Winners Gallery.

Key Dates and Submission Deadlines


  • November 25, 2020
  • Contest ends at 5:00 p.m. (PDT)


  • February 2021

Three winners will be announced for each track.


All winners will:

  • Receive a 2020 Storyteller of the Year certificate
  • Be featured on the SDGs Today global hub
  • Be featured on the ArcGIS StoryMaps website

The first and second-place winners also will be included in an ArcGIS Learn Lesson about the SDGs.

The first-place winners will have the opportunity to present alongside Esri’s StoryMaps team and SDSN during a technical session, workshop, or Special Interest Group at the 2021 Esri User Conference.


The ArcGIS StoryMaps competition invites story submissions through two tracks.

Track 1: Students enrolled in or accepted to a two or four-year institution of higher education.

Track 2: Professionals or anyone with an ArcGIS user account, including students.

Each participant may submit a single story to only one track. A participant can be defined as an individual (or) a group of individuals submitting one story together.

Competition entries must be submitted during the contest period through the entry form.

Judging Criteria

Esri’s StoryMaps team will select 10 finalists for each track. Our guest judges will select first, second, and third-place winners from the finalists for each track.

Story submissions must be new, original, and address one or more SDGs.

Judges will evaluate each story based on:

  • Overall design, impact, and originality
  • Effective use of GIS and Esri’s storytelling platform
  • Effective communication of the importance of one or more SDGs
  • Solutions-oriented narratives around the SDGs

Learn about the SDGs and plan your story

Visit the SDGs Today portal

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