Data Landscapes: Infographic and Data Visualization Competition

The Global Landscapes Forum is launching its inaugural infographic and data visualization competition in 2014 with a US$ 1000 first prize. The competition encourages research institutions, think tanks, design professionals, students and other interested individuals to use their creativity to enhance understanding of the holistic ‘landscape approach’ to development conservation and research.


“What is a landscape approach”?

Participants are free to focus on one or several of these questions:

  • Why do we need landscape approaches to land management?
  • Why are landscapes important for both adaptation to- andmitigation of climate change?
  • Why should landscape approaches have a place in the broaderdevelopment agenda?
  • How can the complex relationships between humans and theenvironment be effectively communicated to specialists and the general public alike?

Too often, facts about development, land use and the environment are presented in a

simplistic manner, overlooking key interactions that take place in landscapes.

The competition challenges participants to represent the real complexity of a landscape in a way that allows for simple understanding. For inspiration and information about landscapes and landscape approaches, view the Facts and figures. Follow this link for a list of helpful resources and tools to design infographics and data visualizations, kindly provided by our partner, On Think Tanks.

We are happy about entries from data visualization and graphic design professionals – but also encourage amateurs to try out their design skills. Entries with text in English or Spanish will be accepted.


Submissions will be received from 23 September 2014 to 20 November 2014 at midnight UTC. Winners will be announced on 24 November 2014.