Longlist announced in 2017 KANTAR Information is Beautiful Awards

2017 judges to include Saatchi Gallery CEO Nigel Hurst, Grammy Award winning Mark Stent, activist and Data Editor (Guardian US) Mona Chalabi, and Accurat co-founder Giorgia Lupi  

The outstanding works longlisted in eight categories are now available to view online at this link.

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The longlist for this year’s Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards is now available, celebrating global excellence in data visualization, infographics and information design. $20,000 in prizes will be awarded to winners and runners-up in each of the following categories: Arts, Entertainment & Pop Culture, Current Affairs & Politics, Environment & Maps, Humanitarian & Global, Science & Technology, Sports, Games & Leisure, Unusual, and a new category announced today inspired by closer inspection of entries  - People, Language & Identity.

The record-breaking 787 entries in the 2017 awards included leading media publishers alongside individual practitioners and students. The longlists represent the best and brightest of data visualization and include both industry leaders and pioneers of the field. The Awards once-again highlight new trends and showcase extraordinary creativity in data design and visualisation formats.

Founded as a collaboration between data journalist David McCandless, author of Information is Beautiful, and Kantar, the Awards is now in its sixth year. 


Shortlist announced & public voting opens: Tuesday 17 October.
Voting closes: Friday 27 October, 23:59 PST. 
Awards Ceremony: Tuesday 28 November, London. (Media accreditation is available for this event.)


Longlisted entries cover a vast range of topics, from Donald Trump’s military ban on transgender people to gender inequality in national parliaments, from Scrabble to craft beer, Star Trek to yoga. We’ve seen innovation and creativity across the board, with pieces built from chocolate (pictured below), rendered in clay, and engraved on records (pictured below).

The US, the UK, Italy and China led the entries in the 2017 awards overall. The large number entries originating from China is reflected in an impressive 13 Chinese longlistees, with 3 in the Environment category alone.

Example longlistees from each category of the 2017 Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards (with clickthrough).

David McCandless, Awards founder and author of Information is Beautiful, said:

‘The terrific data visualizations in the 2017 Longlist leap over the “fake news” to help us understand and navigate the massive changes of the past year. Data takes us to the truth & facts behind everything from Brexit to climate, migration to Trump. And visualization can give us fresh insight into complex cultural issues like trolling, the gender gap and even slang - which we’ve captured by adding a new category, People, Language & Identity.’

David McCandless will chair the judging of the 2017 awards. The judges are from a range of industries from arts and culture, sports, business and humanitarian affairs alongside expert judges from the world of data visualisation. 

2017 judges include:

Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, University of Miami
Mona Chalabi, Data Editor Guardian US
Matt Elek, VICE Media CEO
Nigel Hurst, Saatchi Gallery CEO
Giorgia Lupi, Accurat co-founder and author of Dear Data
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent, Multi Grammy Award winning music producer
Alice Taylor, Walt Disney StudioLab

Select judges are available for feature and comment.

Previous award winners have included:

2016 - Spies in the Skies - visualizing the paths of government surveillance planes. From Peter Aldhous and Charles Seife
2015 - Dear Data - hand-drawn dataviz postcards by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, now a best-selling Penguin book
2014 - Raw - highly influential dataviz software from DensityDesign Research Lab

About the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards

The Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards celebrate excellence and beauty in data visualization, infographics and information design. The Awards were set up in 2012 and are open to creators from across the world - from rising stars, students, and individual practitioners, to established studios, media brands, NGOs and more. Community-driven, with expert judges and members of the public contributing to the decisions over who wins, the Awards give out $20,000 annually.

For all media enquires please contact Stephanie Speight or Ashton Bainbridge at FMcM Associates on 0207 405 7422 or email stephanies@fmcm.co.uk or ashtonb@fmcm.co.uk