Awards Terms & Conditions
This competition is organised by The Information Is Beautiful Awards Ltd, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL, United Kingdom.
Except where indicated otherwise all copyright and other rights that subsist in the home page and in the sub-domain pages of the www.informationisbeautifulawards.com website (“the Site”) are owned by The Information is Beautiful Awards Ltd, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL.
The Competition is opened to all those willing to submit their work according to the Awards categories and rules, for work created / published between 1 June 2018 and 9 September 2019, but not entered or nominated into the Awards previously.
ENTRIES may be made by individual practitioners or organisations submitting their own work, usually in exchange for an entry fee. Any student, or any member of the public whose work has not been professionally comissioned or published, may enter for free.
The type of media that are eligible are extremely broad - infographics, data visualizations, data journalism, maps, interactives, information art / design & any data-centric video, animation, app, site, sculpture or artwork. It can be created in any software or platform. The main requirement is that the work is based on data / information and has some visual component. If in doubt as to whether or not your work is eligible please enter under "unusual". Our team may recategorise works where necessary. In circumstances where your work is not eligible for the Awards for any reason, we will refund your entry fee and inform you.
All work must be submitted through ‘Information Is Beautiful Awards’ website.
Entries will not be accepted via email or other channels unless the project officially announces it via THE WEBSITE or technical difficulties prevent the form or website from receiving submissions.
Each submission requires appropriate payment by card via Stripe.
Entries & Prizes
These dates may be subject to change but upon launch the timeline is:
Entries open 31 May 2019
Deadline for entries is 23.59 (PDT) 9 September 2019 using the online form
Longlist announced 25 September 2019
The shortlisted entries for each category will be published on the website 15 Oct 2019
Voting closes 21 Oct 23.59 PDT
A panel of judges will then choose a winner for each of the prizes. The panel of judges includes David McCandless, author, data journalist and information designer; several previous winners; leading dataviz practitioners; industry experts representing the various categories; plus a single community ‘meta-judge’ - a proxy for combined community votes. Line-up of judges to be published via our website.
The final winners for each category will be announced at our ceremony in London at the end of November / start of December, followed by social media posts and an announcement on our website.
The following prizes will be available:
- A gold ($1,000), silver ($500) and bronze ($250) for each of the following categories – Unusual; Maps, Places & Spaces; Politics & Global; Leisure, Games & Sport; Arts, Entertainment & Culture; Visualization & Information Design; Science & Technology; Humanitarian; People, Language & Identity; News & Current Affairs.
- One special award ($1,000) for each of the following, which are chosen by our judges: Community Vote; Best Student; Outstanding Outfit; Best Non-English Language; Outstanding Individual; Rising Star.
- Most Beautiful ($5,000)
Winners will be notified by email. Winners must supply bank payment details so we can transfer the money to them. Payment transfers start around 30 days after the awards ceremony. If winners do not provide us with bank details by the end of January 2020 they may forfeit the opportunity to be paid.
The prizes are not transferable.
Responsibility for materials submitted
Any individual submitting an Entry in the competition is responsible for the legality, originality and copyright of the work submitted in his/her name.
By submitting your work on the website, you are not allowed to upload and distribute any document which is confidential, defamatory, obscene, breaking personal privacy regulations, infringing copyright and intellectual property rights, violating legal rights of any party or proprietary to a brand, an individual or a company (except you, the person submitting the work in his/her name). We reserve the right to delete any offending material and remove the entries from the Awards.
Any individual submitting his/her work through the website form cannot use false contact information details or identifying details, impersonating any person in order to mislead the awards jury.
Nominations may be submitted for free only via the account types "member of the public" and "student". Members of the public confirm that they have not been paid for the work that they has been submitted, nor has it been published in a professional capacity.
By submitting your Entry, you grant a non-exclusive permission to ‘Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards’ organizers, sponsors and any members of the press / media to use your name, your image and the work submitted so that we may use it in producing and marketing the Awards. You will be given a full credit wherever possible. Example usages include articles in newspapers / magazines / websites / social media posts / blogs / the showcase section of our website; printed materials at our awards ceremonies; prints at exhibitions specifically related to the awards; projected and on-screen visuals at our ceremonies; videos and photos displaying winners; case studies, books and presentations related to these awards. You keep full ownership of the work itself and we will always seek your permission about any licensable activity outside the scope described above.
By submitting your entry through the online form, you hereby confirm you have the rights to distribute the content used in your work provided and that the content used does not violate any commercial and judicial English laws.
All entries submitted will not be returned in any format.
For any information regarding entry process, submitting your work, awards, timing or any technical issues regarding the website, please contact us.
The Information is Beautiful Awards – Full Terms and Conditions
1.1 These terms and conditions (“Rules”) apply to entries submitted for The Information is Beautiful Awards (the “Competition”) operating on our website at www.informationisbeautifulawards.com (the “Website”). By entering the Competition, you agree to be bound by these Rules.
1.2 The Competition is organised by The InformationIsBeautifulAwards Ltd, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL, United Kingdom as (the “Organiser“).
1.3 The Organiser reserves the right to cancel or amend the Competition or the Rules if an event outside of our reasonable control occurs (e.g. a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God). We will display any changes on the Website.
1.4 The decision of the Organiser in relation to any dispute about the Rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to the Competition is final and we will not enter into correspondence.
2 How to enter
2.1 Employees of the Organiser, or any of their subsidiary and associated companies, agents or members of their families or households, are not eligible to enter the Competition. This does not exclude employees of the sponsor and their subsidiary and associated companies who are eligible to enter the competition.
2.2 The competition is opened for Entries from designers around the world submitting their own work. All entries are paid, except for students, who may enter for free, and members of the public who enter work for which they have not been paid.
2.3 When uploading an Entry you must submit an image together with a maximum of 500 words about your work and a variety of credits (together, an “Entry“)
You agree that your Entry:
(a) Will not feature or use any images or words that contain nudity or are in any way untrue, misleading, distasteful, blasphemous, obscene, libellous, defamatory, indecent, harassing or threatening;
(b) Will not contain any personal details about another person who is not a credited creator of the work being entered (for example, their name, where they live or what they do;
(c) Will not contain any computer virus or other material that may be harmful to the Organiser’s computer systems.
2.4 For all user types other than Student and member of the public, you must an entry fee via Stripe.
2.5 The Entry fee is non-refundable.
2.6 The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify you if we have reasonable grounds to believe that you have breached any of the Rules.
2.7 If you are disqualified from the Competition we may select a replacement.
2.8 The Competition starts on 31 May 2019. You can enter the Competition by uploading your work online through the submission form by the closing date of 9 Sept 2019. Winners will be published end of November / start of December 2019. The Organiser reserves the right to change these dates if necessary.
2.9 The Organiser is not responsible for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft, destruction, alteration of or unauthorised access to Entries, or Entries lost, damaged or delayed as a result of server functions, technical issues, virus, bugs or other causes outside our reasonable control.
2.10 Please keep a copy of your Entry as we will not be able to return them.
3 How winners are chosen
3.1 Longlist will exhibited on the website the week commencing 25 September 2019
3.2 The best entries in each category will be displayed on the Website in the week commencing 15 October 2019 as a shortlist.
3.3 A panel of judges (which may include one virtual judge made up of the aggregate votes from our community members) will then choose a winner for each of the prizes referred to in Rule 4.1.
3.4 The names and Entries of those who make it through to the shortlist and the eventual Competition winners will be published on the Website and may also be requested to take part in promotional activity. By entering you agree that the Organiser, their sponsor and members of the media has non-exclusive permission to use your Entry and/or your name, image and audio and/or visual recordings of you in any non-commercial publicity with due credit. End usage may include articles in newspapers / magazines / websites / social media posts / blogs / the showcase section of our website; printed materials at our awards ceremonies; prints at exhibitions specifically related to the awards projected and on-screen visuals at our ceremonies; videos and photos displaying winners; case studies, books and presentations related to these awards. In addition, the names of the winners and the judges are available on written request.
A gold ($1,000), silver ($500) and bronze ($250) for each of the following categories – Unusual; Maps, Places & Spaces; Politics & Global; Leisure, Games & Sport; Arts, Entertainment & Culture; Visualization & Information Design; Science & Technology; Humanitarian; People, Language & Identity; News & Current Affairs. One special award ($1,000) for each of the following categories, which are chosen by our judges: Community Vote; Best Student; Outstanding Outfit; Best Non-English Language; Outstanding Individual; Rising Star. One Most Beautiful award ($5,000) will be presented.
4.2 All winners referred to in Rule 4.1 will receive in addition to the cash prize
(a) a trophy;
4.3 A lead ceremony in London will take place to celebrate the winners. All shortlistees will be offered a pair of free tickets to the London ceremony and may invite a stand-in if they are unable to attend themselves. The event date will be published on the Information Is Beautiful Awards website and the winners will be announced after the ceremony via the website.
4.4 The Organiser reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.
4.5 Winners will be notified by email within 30 days following the awards ceremony. Winners must claim their prize and provide their banking details for payment (and postal address if needed) within three weeks of the notification being sent or an alternative winner will be chosen. If no banking details have been received by the end of January 2020, winners may forfeit their right to a cash payment.
4.6 The prizes are not transferable.
4.7 Cash prizes will be sent to all winners by bank transfer after the official announcement of the winners on the website. Awards trophies will be handed out at the ceremonies. Any winner unable to attend a ceremony or send a stand-in to collect their trophy should provide their postal address. Trophies will be sent out by registered post within 30 days following the final Awards ceremony.
4.8 All taxes and insurances are the sole responsibility of winners.
4.9 The Organiser reserves the right to withhold a prize until it has obtained written permission from any brands, businesses, people or other rights holders featured in an Entry to use the Entry in accordance with Rule 5.2. Entrants will assist the Organiser in obtaining such written permission.
5 Use of Entries
5.1 By entering the competition, you confirm that you have produced the Entry yourself and you have not copied it. You further confirm that your Entry does not infringe any third party rights (including intellectual property and privacy rights).
5.2 You agree that the Organiser and third parties authorised on our behalf, including sponsor and media, may make your Entry available for non-commercial marketing or internal communications purposes related solely to the Awards. Example usage includes newspapers / magazines / websites / social media posts / blogs / the showcase section of our website; printed materials at our awards ceremonies; prints at exhibitions specifically related to the awards; projected and on-screen visuals at our ceremonies; videos and photos displaying winners; case studies, books and presentations related to these awards. At all times you retain full ownership and our usage is non-exclusive. If we receive a request to display work outside of these forms we will contact you to request explicit permission, giving full details of the mediums and materials where we would like to use the submitted work.
5.3 Winners agree to sign a release form in connection with their Entry, if requested by the Organiser.
5.4 The Organiser may also, in appropriate circumstances, and at its sole discretion, reject, edit, remove or disable access to Entries that appear to be legally or otherwise problematic e.g. infringe the copyright or other intellectual property or privacy rights of others, are defamatory etc. or for any other reason. Notwithstanding the above, the Organiser will endeavour to display all Entries in the showcase section of its site. The Organiser does not guarantee to display all Nominations as we must assess each Nomination for suitability and approach the third party creators of Nominated works for their permission.
6 Personal data
6.1 The Organiser will not collect any personally-identifiable information about you (your name, address, telephone number or email address (“personal data”) through the website unless you have provided it to us through the registration form from the website.
6.2 In compliance with the 2018 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Organiser may also collect the following data:
a) information about the computer you use to visit the website, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.
6.3 As stated above, no personal data will be shared with a third party without your prior consent.
6.4 The GDPR gives you the right to access information held about you.
7.1 The Organiser is not responsible for:
(a) any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by your entry into the Competition or as a result of accepting one of the prizes;
(b) any loss or damage that is not reasonably foreseeable; or
(c) any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer systems relating to their participation in the Competition.
7.2 The Organiser will be responsible for any death or personal injury as a result of its negligence or if it has deliberately lied to you causing you to enter into the Competition.
8.1 The Competition and these Rules are governed by English law and any disputes in relation to them are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.