Information is Beautiful Awards 2022

Presented by the Data Visualization Society

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  • Guidelines (2022)

    Submissions will open on August 25, 2022 and close on September 18, 2022 23:59 PT, September 20, 2022.

    The Awards ceremony will take place on November 30, 2022 in Washington, D.C. in the United States.

    Learn more about category descriptions, and about the nominations and submissions process in our FAQs.



    Entries should be based on data (qualitative and/or quantitative) and have visual components. 

    Beyond that, we welcome entries of any type, such as infographics, data journalism, maps, interactives, information art, video, animation, app, site, sculpture, or artwork. Entries can be created in any software, platform, or medium, using any type of materials.

    Topical categories

    The 2022 Awards have ten categories open for submission:

    1. Arts, Entertainment & Culture
    2. Business Analytics
    3. Current Affairs & Politics
    4. Humanitarian
    5. Leisure, Games & Sport
    6. People, Language & Identity
    7. Places, Spaces & Environment
    8. Science, Technology & Health 
    9. 2022 Special Category: COVID-19
    10. Unusual

    For each submission, submitters must select at least one category where the work will be considered and may select up to three categories for consideration. If in doubt regarding the appropriate category, please reference the list of category descriptions. We may recategorize entries where recommended by the judging panel.  


    Work created / published between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2022 (and not previously entered or nominated into the Awards) is eligible for entry, accounting for the Awards being paused for 2020 and 2021. We want to recognize the exceptional work created during that period.

    Entry Each entry must be a separate piece of work. The work can be in any medium (static image, web interactive, app, even sculpture or food) and can be created using any platform or package. Multiple visualizations (charts, maps, interactives) presented in one summary product (article, dashboard, installation, etc.) would be considered to be a single piece of work for the purpose of submission. You may enter as many pieces as you like with a fee paid each time.

    Creators of books, sculptures and physical objects please be aware that our judges are based around the world and there is a public voting round, so we accept submissions in digital form only. Use photos, videos or other media to capture the essence of your work.

    Translation If your entry is in a language other than English please submit the original foreign language entry. If available, please send us a translation via email to [email protected]. Please title the email ‘Submission Translation - [Title of Work]’ and include your name and entry details in the body of the email. For example, if the name of your work was ‘History of IIB Awards’, your email title would be: ‘Submission Translation - History of IIB Awards’.

    Your contact details Please use an email that you regularly check to create your user profile. If you advance to the shortlist / are selected as a winner, we will inform you via the email you have registered on your user profile. If we are unable to reach you via your email, you may forfeit your right to the prizes and privileges afforded to winners.

    Special awards The following special awards will be selected by the expert judging panel from the pool of shortlisted works and their creators: Outstanding Studio, Impressive Individual, and Rising Star.

    The following 2022 special awards will be selected by the expert judging panel from a pool of nominees, with submissions open to the public: Impactful Community Leader, Exemplary Book, and Test of Time.

    The following 2022 special awards will be selected based on a public vote: Community Vote.

    Rising Star Special Award For the Rising Star Special Award, early career practitioners are defined as those in the first two years of their professional dataviz experience (including the pursuit of a related doctorate degree). This award is designed to amplify the work of early career practitioners in our community.

    For more information, please refer to our FAQs.


    Students and members of the public whose work has not been commissioned or published professionally may submit their work for free. Agencies, newsrooms, and organizations have a stepped fee structure based on size and the nature of the organization; small companies in low and middle income countries (based on the World Bank classifications for 2022) are eligible for significantly reduced fees. In addition, fee waivers are available if cost is a significant barrier to participation.

    All entrants agree to our Awards T&Cs, Website T&Cs, and Privacy Policy.

    Need help? Please refer to our FAQs. If your question is not addressed in the FAQs, please contact us at [email protected].

  • Agencies / Studios / Brands / Companies (>5 team members) USD $200 per piece entered

    Media Outlets / NGOs / Gov't / Education USD $100 per piece entered

    Solo Practitioners / Small Companies (≤5 team members) USD $50 per piece entered

    [New] Small companies or nonprofits from low and middle income countries (≤5 team members) USD $10 per piece entered

    Students / members of the public whose work has not been professionally commissioned or published - Free 

    Payments are made online by credit / debit card. We cannot accept payments via other channels.

    For the no-fee categories, we ask submitters to self-attest that they qualify based on the description provided. If you are found ineligible for the application type you chose in the sole judgment of the IIB Awards team, your entry may be disqualified and you will be notified accordingly.

    If your entry requires an entry fee, please ensure your fee is paid at the time of or concurrently with submission. Due to the large volume of submissions, if your required fee is unpaid, we may disqualify your entry without notice.

    Request for fee waiver

    If the submission fee is a significant barrier to entry for submitting your work for consideration, please contact the IIB Awards Program Manager at [email protected] and title your email ‘Fee Waiver Request’.

  • High resolution image representing the work you're entering. This image will be used as a thumbnail image to represent your project / story. Please select an image that can accurately represent your work. Please ensure you upload at least one image as a JPG or PNG, at least 1000px width (at 72dpi). 

    Additional images and files can also be uploaded. Please ensure each is less than 50MB in size, and is a PDF, JPG, PNG, or GIF.

    A web link that will stay live until the end of February 28, 2023. 

    If you are submitting a web-based work, please upload a video screen capture of the piece in action.

    If your work has a paywall, please provide a link that can be accessed without a subscription so that judges can view your work. If the link is inaccessible, the work may be deemed ineligible.

    Select a category for your work (our team may reallocate categories where recommended by the judging panel). You may select up to 3 categories in which your work will be considered, but will only be eligible to win in one.

    Name credits for the work / organization

    A description of the work / creator (200 - 500 words)

    A credit / debit card to pay for your entry - unless you're a student or member of the public who does not work professionally

    All entrants agree to our Awards T&Cs, Website T&Cs, and Privacy Policy

  • All eligible entries are displayed in our online entry showcase

    Submitters whose work is selected for the IIB Awards shortlist will receive a pair of free tickets to the Awards Ceremony in the East Coast of the United States in late November / early December 2022 and are featured in our beautiful color broadsheet distributed at the Awards Ceremony and made available digitally for virtual attendees. 

    Winners get a trophy & cash: Gold (USD $1000); Silver ($500) and Bronze ($250

    The Special Award Category winners will receive a cash prize of $1000

    Overall winner takes home the prestigious Most Beautiful trophy plus $5000 

    Previous winners have gone on to gain media coverage, book deals, art exhibitions, job offers, investments and visa acceptance.