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The Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2014
The global data visualization competition is now open for entries
by David Graver
on 10 July 2014
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After sharing the stunning works of last year's winners, we're pleased to announce this year's call for entries at the third annual Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards. Co-founder David McCandless (himself a data visualizer) recognized the importance of design infiltrating our digital content—and that conveying information in a clever, striking way often imparts meaning and value into the brain with greater fortitude. These awards, sponsored by data insight firm Kantar, celebrate the sheer beauty and creativity found within infographics and information design. It's the enjoyable amalgamation of artistry and information.

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Multiple awards are granted within all six categories: data visualization, infographic design, interactive visualization, motion infographic, tool and website—and one overall winner ultimately snags the title of Most Beautiful. Last year's competition saw hundreds of entries in each vertical, with entrants hailing from over 33 countries. McCandless is expecting this year to be even bigger. And with that, prizes now range from $250 for a bronze category win to $5,000 for the top honors. And much the same as last year, judging will take place in mid-October and subsequently in November there will be a gallery exhibition in London to showcase the best entries.

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"Data-visualization seems to be maturing and breaking out of beyond the traditional static form. We've been seeing rich 'hyper-stories' using dataviz as a narrative device, brain-blending interactives and a ton of wall-sized dataviz art pieces," McCandless shares with CH. "I'm looking forward to seeing those among our entries. Who doesn't want their mind-melted by a nine meter infographic?" Additionally, he notes, "We're also breaking out two new separate categories this year: best dataviz website and best visualization tool. Software to generate and democratize dataviz is a rising trend—and some of them are pretty cool. So we're going to be celebrating them."

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You can enter now online, with a $10 entry fee for students, $20 entry fee for individuals and a $75 entry for companies/design agencies. Submissions with be accepted until 1 September 2014.

Images courtesy of David McCandless

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