2019 Data Visualization Community Survey Challenge

Call to Enter

The Data Visualization Society is proud to announce the latest DVS Challenge, this time focused on the results of the Annual Data Visualization Community Survey!

Entries are due by September 30th. You can enter using this form. This contest is open to DVS members. If you are not a member, it’s free to join. Sign up here.


The Annual Data Visualization Community Survey for 2019 has responses to 50+ questions and was taken by over 1,350 people. It covers professional data visualization details like salary and hourly compensation, tool use, location, demographic data, audiences, organizational structure and more. Naturally, we want to visualize it!


Entries can be submitted in two categories: Exploratory & Explanatory. We also have a prize for the entry that best demonstrates diversity issues in the survey data and a prize for the best artistic achievement. Each category will be awarded a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. As an added bonus, the 1st place in each category will be rewarded with $100. All entries will be placed in a gallery on the Data Visualization Society website and will help us better understand the community and the results of the survey.


Entries will be evaluated by our panel of judges: Amy Cesal, Shan He, Katy Börner, Alberto Cairo, Mona Chalabi, Eric Rodenbeck & Alark Joshi. In the event we receive more than 20 entries for each category, we will reach out to the DVS community to have a popular vote and the top 20 entries for each category will then be evaluated by our judges.

Each person may enter one entry for each category. The two categories are:


The most engrossing explanatory visualization. We want to see the trends in the data and how they weave together to tell us what’s happening in the data viz community.


The most useful exploratory visualization. We want to see dashboards that let people generate and test their hypotheses about what motivates and affects the field.

All entries will be considered for these additional prizes, winners of which will also receive $100:


Entries will be evaluated to identify the data visualization that most effectively highlights issues of diversity (Gender, Race, Sexual Identity, Geography or Socio-Economic Status) related to data visualization audiences, the profession of data visualization, and/or the data visualization community.


Entries will be evaluated to identify the data visualization with the most artistic merit.


Entries are due September 30th, 2019 at midnight PST.
Winners will be announced on October 30th.


Take a look at these visualizations with survey data from previous years:

655 Frustrations Doing Data Visualization by Shirley Wu

Women of Data Visualization by Alli Torban


  • Each person can only enter two submissions and only one submission for each category

  • Entries are open to DVS members. If you are not a member, it’s free to join. Sign up here.

  • Groups can enter but any prize will be awarded to the individual entering and any group entry must be a list of names and cannot be an organization (You are welcome to give the name of your organization in the description of the entry, however)

  • You must use the 2019 Annual Survey Data, if you use any additional datasets, they need to be cited

  • Any work presented must be your own

  • By entering you give DVS the non-exclusive right to publish your work and/or screenshots of it. (examples of use: social media, website, emails and reports)

  • All work must adhere to the DVS Code of Conduct

  • DVS board members and their immediate family are not eligible to win prizes, however, they may enter and be included in the full gallery