San Diego, July 17, 2014—Esri announced the winners of its Storytelling with Maps Contest last night during the Special Achievement in GIS Awards at the Esri User Conference. Bret Whiteley and Anne Reynolds' Buy Fresh, Buy Local Story Map, which highlighted local farmers, restaurants, and markets, took home the Best Overall award. The pair will receive a one-year ArcGIS Online subscription for winning the grand prize.
"Esri Story Maps harness the unique power of maps to tell exciting and engaging stories about the world," said Allen Carroll, leader of Esri's Story Map team. "The winners of our Storytelling with Maps competition represent the best of a new and rapidly growing community of geo-storytellers. We hope their examples will inspire thousands of storytellers to explore this rich new medium."
People from around the world submitted more than 400 entries that covered the full gamut of Story Map templates. Contest judges selected the following 12 Story Maps as winners across the four contest categories:
Best Conservation, Environment, and Sustainability
Best Travel and Destinations
Best Science, Technology, and Health
Best Culture, History, and Events
All first-prize winners will receive a copy of The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects and a one-year subscription to Smithsonian magazine. Second- and third-place winners will also receive a one-year subscription to Smithsonian magazine. All winners will receive a plaque and a certificate in addition to the prizes listed above.
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