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Meet the 2020 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition for the SDGs finalists!

Competition Announcement

Esri and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) will announce the winners of the 2020 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in February 2021.
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Join storytellers worldwide in our competition for positive change.

A story can effect change, influence opinion, and create awareness—and maps are an integral part of storytelling. ArcGIS StoryMaps allows you to integrate maps, data, and other multimedia content with text to tell a narrative about the world's greatest challenges and highlight or inspire solutions.

Help encourage more awareness of the SDGs and drive the necessary action towards achieving them by submitting an original story that addresses one or more global goals.

You might create an original story that...

  • Presents ideas for addressing hunger, poverty, climate change, or other global goals
  • Creates unique visualizations of existing data of the SDGs 
  • Or shares stories of changemakers in your own community

Find story inspiration and SDG data, maps, and learning resources on the SDGs Today portal.

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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