Esri is now accepting Esri Story Maps projects for its 2017 showcase. Participants will have a chance to win prizes and peer recognition at the Esri User Conference. Up to three preexisting or new story maps per person can be submitted. The deadline for submissions is May 30.

"Story maps are a vivid, informative and insightful new means of conveying information," says Allen Carroll, leader of the Esri Story Maps team. "We launched this contest to celebrate the diverse and creative uses of this exciting storytelling medium."

Story maps provide a dynamic, interactive way to combine maps, text and multimedia content to tell stories about neighborhoods, communities, nations and the world, using the common visual language of geography.

Submissions will be judged on factors such as design, user experience, impact and overall creativity in telling an engaging story. All entries must make use of one of the Esri Story Maps apps. Entries may be hosted in ArcGIS Online or on another publicly-accessible server. Contest participants are encouraged to customize their Esri Story Maps apps to show off their personal creativity and style, and to suit their particular audience's needs.

Esri will award first-, second- and third-place prizes in the following five categories:

  • Conservation, Environment and Sustainability
  • Travel, Destinations and Recreation
  • Culture, History and Events
  • Science, Technology and Education
  • Infrastructure, Planning and Government

Additionally, a grand prize will be awarded to the best overall story map entry. Prizes will include the following:

  • Grand Prize: A drone and a one-year license of Drone2Map for ArcGIS for one user, as well as a plaque and a certificate
  • First Place: A GoPro camera, a plaque and a certificate
  • Second Place: An Esri book of the winner's choice, a plaque and a certificate
  • Third Place: An Esri book of the winner's choice, a plaque and a certificate

Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. PDT on May 30. Winners and their story map entries will be revealed at the 2017 Esri User Conference. Enter the contest and get full details at

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