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Compelling visual messaging can help inspire global audiences to take action to reduce plastic waste. The Data Visualization Track of the Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge is a key component of National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures’ partnership to reduce plastic waste. This track aims to result in effective communication about the global plastic crisis by incentivizing the development of innovative data visualizations to accelerate behavior change. 

Data Visualization

The Data Visualization Track challenges teams or individuals to develop a data visualization or infographic to effectively and creatively illustrate a data set relating to plastic waste or pollution. Submissions must visually represent a relevant, credible data set related to the global challenge of plastic waste, and teams must submit a supplemental narrative explaining why the data set was chosen and considered valid. Submissions must include a description of the intended audience for the data visualization and a description of why data and design choices were made specifically for that audience. Up to four teams will be selected as finalists and will work with the National Geographic Partners graphics team to refine their submissions. The winner will receive $10,000, and the winning data visualization will be considered for digital publication by National Geographic.

Key Dates

 February 11, 2019

Registration opens

June 11, 2019

Initial Submission Deadline
by June 11, 2019 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time

Week of July 8, 2019

Finalists Selected

Week of November 11, 2019

Finalists’ Submissions Due

Week of December 9, 2019

Winners Announced

Selecting the Finalists

Submissions closed at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on June 11, 2019.
Meet the Judges who will review the submissions.

Meet the Judges

PHOTOGRAPH BY MOHAMED ABDULRAHEEM, SHUTTERSTOCK (Top Image) ; Mark Thiessen (Data Visualization)