Information is Beautiful Awards 2023

Presented by the Data Visualization Society

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  • Guidelines (2023)

    Submissions will open on July 15, 2023 and close on August 15, 2023 August 18, 2023 at 23:59 PT.

    The Awards ceremony will take place in November, 2023.

    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 2023 Awards have nine 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. Unusual

    For each submission, submitters must select at least one category where the work will be considered and may select a secondary category 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, 2022 and August 15, 2023 (and not previously entered or nominated into the Awards) is eligible for entry.

    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 digital media to capture the essence of your work.

    Translation: If your entry is in a language other than English please submit the original language entry. 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 Outstanding Studio, Impressive Individual, and Rising Star special awards will be selected by the expert judging panel from the pool of shortlisted works and their creators.

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

    The Community Vote special award will be selected based on a public 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 2023) 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 Terms and Conditions, Website Terms and Conditions, 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

    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".

  • A 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 and ensure you upload at least one image as a .jpg or .png, at least 1000px width. Up to four additional images can be uploaded to be forwarded to the judges, but only the first one will be used as a thumbnail and feature image in the showcase.


    A web link that will stay live until the end of December, 2023

    If you are submitting a web-based work, please upload a silent 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 2 categories in which your work will be considered, but will only be eligible to win in one.


    Name credits for the work / organization

    The "Additional creators/team members" field will be displayed on your entry's showcase page as "Credits". Please provide the names and roles of all individuals involved in creating the work in this field upon submission.


    A description of the work (200 - 500 words)

    This description will appear publicly as the copy beneath your entry's page in the showcase. This means it should not include any sensitive information, such as passwords or instructions specifically for judges.


    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 Terms and Conditions, Website Terms and Conditions, 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 free ticket to the Awards Ceremony in the East Coast of the United States in November 2023 and are featured in our beautiful color broadsheet distributed at the Awards Ceremony and made available digitally for virtual attendees. 

    Winners of all Category Awards and the Impressive Individual, Rising Star, and Outstanding Studio Special Awards get a trophy & cash: Gold (USD $1000); Silver ($500) and Bronze ($250

    The remaining Special Award winners (Impactful Community Leader, Test of Time, and Community Vote) will receive a cash prize of $1000

    Overall winner takes home the prestigious Most Beautiful trophy plus $1000 

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