US: Esri has announced that it is inviting people to submit their top Esri Story Maps projects for a chance to win prizes and peer recognition at the Esri User Conference. Contest participants can submit up to three pre-existing or new story maps between now and May 30, 2017.
Story maps provide a dynamic, interactive way to combine maps, text, and multimedia content to tell stories about neighborhoods, communities, nations, and the world, using the common visual language of geography.
“Story maps are a vivid, informative, and insightful new means of conveying information,” said Allen Carroll, leader of the Esri Story Maps team. “We launched this contest to celebrate the diverse and creative uses of this exciting storytelling medium.”
Submissions will be judged on factors such as design, user experience, impact, and overall creativity in telling an engaging story. All entries must make use of one of the Esri Story Maps apps. Entries may be hosted in ArcGIS Online or on another publicly accessible server.
Contest participants are encouraged to customize their Esri Story Maps apps to show off their personal creativity and style and to suit their particular audience’s needs.
Esri will award first-, second-, and third-place prizes in the following five categories:
- Conservation, Environment, and Sustainability
- Travel, Destinations, and Recreation
- Culture, History, and Events
- Science, Technology, and Education
- Infrastructure, Planning, and Government
Additionally, a grand prize will be awarded to the best overall story map entry. Prizes will include the following:
- Grand Prize: A drone and a one-year license of Drone2Map for ArcGIS for one user, as well as a plaque and a certificate
- First Place: A GoPro camera, a plaque, and a certificate
- Second Place: An Esri book of the winner’s choice, a plaque, and a certificate
- Third Place: An Esri book of the winner’s choice, a plaque, and a certificate
Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on May 30. Winners and their story map entries will be revealed at the 2017 Esri User Conference.