The PacificVis Storytelling Contest celebrates its fifth year in 2021. The purpose of
this contest is to encourage researchers, designers, and media artists to demonstrate
the value of visualization through effective visual data storytelling, as a way to
promote innovative and effective use of visualization for communicating and explaining
This contest is inspired by trends in data storytelling, narrative visualizations,
explanatory visualizations, and visual essays. Potential contest entrants are encouraged
to review the following events and venues for inspiration.
The Tapestry Conference
The Information is
The Malofiej Infographics World
Google News Lab
Entries from previous contests (2017-2020): link
As well as the following papers:
Narrative Visualization: Telling Stories with Data (Segel and Heer, IEEE
Storytelling: The Next Step for Visualization (Kosara and Mackinlay, IEEE
Visualization Rhetoric: Framing Effects in Narrative Visualization (Hullman and
Diakopoulos, IEEE InfoVis 2013)
Understanding Data Videos: Looking at Narrative Visualization Through the
Cinematography Lens (Amini et al., ACM CHI 2015)
More than Telling a Story: Transforming Data into Visually Shared Stories (Lee
IEEE CG&A 2015)
Once Upon a Time: From Data to Stories (John Schwabish @ Socrata Connect 2017)
Animation, Pacing, and Exposition (Tony Chu @ OpenVisConf 2016)
Where's Larry? Bringing Data to Life Through Story (Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic @
PacificVis is a unified visualization symposium, welcoming all areas of
such as: information, scientific, graph, security, and software visualization.
Storytellers are invited to submit visual data-driven stories that draw upon any of
these areas. In addition, entries that focus on computational journalism and artistic
design projects are encouraged. Unlike contests such as the VAST challenge or the SciVis
Contest, the data for the PacificVis visual data storytelling contest is intentionally
left unspecified; storytellers are free to choose any publicly-available dataset(s).
Similarly, the task that storytellers are to accomplish is to successfully communicate a
message or series of messages (i.e., a narrative, a series of insights) using
visualization techniques and supported by the underlying data. The themes of the story
can draw from any topic, including current affairs, history, natural disasters, and
research findings from the sciences and humanities.
Entries may be submitted by teams or individuals, and from both industry and academia
alike. Conference sponsors can participate non-competitively. Submissions must fulfill
the requirements explained below.