Information is Beautiful Awards open for entries

The 2013 Information is Beautiful Awards – a scheme awarding the best in data visualisation, infographics and information art – is open for entries.

The 2013 Information is Beautiful Awards – a scheme awarding the best in data visualisation, infographics and information art – is open for entries.

Sponsored by information consultancy Kantar, the awards were set up last year by author and data visualiser David McCandless whose site,, has been reporting on the subject since 2009.

There are six categories to enter: data journalism; data visualisation; infographic/information design; interactive visualisation; motion infographic and website. Entry fees are $10 per entry for students, $20 for individuals and $76 for companies and design agencies.

Winners in each category will receive a prize of $250, $500 or $1000 for a bronze, silver or gold award, and there are six additional special awards: winners of the best studio, individual, student and corporate awards will each receive $2000, as will the winner of the People’s Vote Award. The winner of the Most Beautiful Award will be given $5000.

Last year’s winners included a motion infographic on the cost of the UK’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan by Peter Jeffs and Tom Stevenson, a visualisation of the Danish population’s views on wearing religious symbols in public professions by Peter Ømtoft and one from the Guardian visualising UK public spending (above to top). A CNN infographic plotting US casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan (below) by Stamen was named the most beautiful.

The deadline for submissions is August 30. A panel of judges including McCandless will publish a long list for each category in September and winners will be announced at a ceremony in London in November.

For more information or to enter visit

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