Esri announced the winners of the 2019 ArcGIS StoryMapper of the Year Contest, in which contestants were invited to submit their best and most innovative story maps for a chance to win various prizes, including a cash donation for their chosen cause, school, or nonprofit organization.

Guest judges for the 2019 contest included Alex Tait, geographer at National Geographic; Michael Goodchild, emeritus professor of geography at University of California, Santa Barbara; and James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic and former presidential speechwriter.  The winners were announced January 15, 2020, on Esri's website.

The first-place winner, Stanford University, will use the $5,000 grand prize to equip its map library space with enhanced physical and digital exhibit methods, a 3D printer, and materials to communicate the endless possibilities created by maps for learning and exploration.

Runners-up include the Open Spaces Institute, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Clean Air Carolina's Citizen Science program, and the University of Delaware.  These runners-up will each receive $1,000 toward the cause, school, or nonprofit of their choice.  In addition to cash prizes to the cause of their choice, the grand prize winner and runners-up will also each receive an Esri Technical Certification exam voucher, valued at $250, and one ArcGIS for Personal Use license, valued at $100.

Esri started the competition in 2014 to showcase the innovative work and creativity of the GIS community.  Over 400 geographers, GIS specialists, and users competed in this year’s event, with entries focused on conservation, sustainability, government, education, and more.  Entries were judged on the map's effectiveness in making the subject understandable and engaging, the experience that the map provided the viewer, and the overall design and impact of the map.  Each contestant submitted not only an ArcGIS StoryMaps story but also a description of how they would use a $5,000 donation from Esri to make a positive impact on their communities.

To learn more about the 2019 ArcGIS StoryMapper of the Year entries and winners, visit