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Calling All Data Storytellers to Enter our Creator Program Challenge



The Visual Capitalist Creator Program was established in 2022 to showcase the world’s best data storytellers in one place. To date, we’ve published over 65 creators from 16 different countries whose work has been viewed over 25 million times.

Now’s the chance for data storytellers to be part of the program in a new way.

We’re launching our first-ever Creator Program Challenge where we set you the task of producing an original data visualization on a particular theme. This round’s theme is focused on the subject of ‘International Trade’.

Not only will the winner become a published member of the Creator Program, we’ll add the title ‘Creator Program Ambassador’ to their bio and give them a cash prize of $2,000 (and more!).

Find out more below, get creating and submit your entry or entries by May 31st. We can’t wait to see them!

How It Works

To enter the Creator Program Challenge, the rules are simple:

  • Create a mobile-optimized data visualization (see below section for reference guide) in English relating to ‘International Trade’
  • Use The Atlas of Economic Complexity and/or as suggested sources
  • Share your entry on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, tagging Visual Capitalist’s account with the hashtags #CreatorProgramChallenge and #InternationalTrade before May 31st

Method of Selection

Visual Capitalist will select shortlist winners by assessing the skills from all eligible entries on June 7th, 2023 and finalists will be announced during the Data Creator Con in June (more details coming soon).

Please note that visualizations will be accessed against our reference guide for mobile design and include the following components:

  • Dimensions 1200 x 2134 px (9:16 ratio suggested for main visualization)
  • Minimum font size
    • 21pt for sources and footnotes
    • 26pt for blubs
  • Looser leading (4pts or greater compared to font size)
  • Font choices (Sans serif for body copy and minimum regular weight recommended)
  • Accessible color (Use accessible palettes when possible)

If you’re selected, we’ll notify you by Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn to provide further information on next steps.

The Prizes

  • 1st Place – Published as Editor’s Choice on Visual Capitalist, $2,000 USD, Creator Program Ambassador status, and a free VC+ annual subscription
  • 2nd Place – Published on Visual Capitalist’s website with Creator Program Ambassador status, $1,000 USD and a free VC+ annual subscription
  • Shortlist – All shortlisted entries will receive a free VC+ annual subscription and be included in a dedicated site post on Visual Capitalist showcasing a gallery of qualifying work

Interested to learn more about the Creator Program Challenge? Click the button below for the full details.

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Join Us For Data Creator Con 2023

Join us June 14th for a new event by Visual Capitalist, exploring how the next generation of data creators are adapting to an increasingly mobile-first world.



For over a decade, Visual Capitalist has been working towards making the world’s data more accessible—but we can’t do it all on our own.

That’s why we’re excited to launch our first-ever Data Creator Con!

This new virtual event on June 14th will bring us and the best data storytellers together in one place, to celebrate the community and help make a bigger impact on the world.

The theme this year is ‘Mobilizing the Future of Data Storytelling’ and explores how the next generation of data creators are adapting to an increasingly mobile-first world. Learn more about our upcoming event below.

Event Details

To kick things off, our Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Desjardins will be covering the evolution of data storytelling. This will also include a sneak peek of our upcoming VC App—the go-to place for discovering, sharing and discussing data-driven visuals on pretty much any topic.

But that’s not all—we’re thrilled to be hosting some of the best talent from our Creator Program. In particular, you’ll get to hear the unconventional journey and expertise of James Eagle who is a highly regarded data storyteller originating in the financial services sector.

And, don’t miss the announcement of winners for our first-ever Creator Program Challenge! This is your chance to see winning data storytelling skills put into action.

Secure Your Tickets

Whether you’re a seasoned data storyteller, just starting out or merely an admirer of the art, join us at Data Creator Con 2023 on June 14th to help further your skills.

  • Standard Admission (C$75): Entry to all talks and panels.
  • VIP Admission (C$130): Includes standard entry plus invite a friend upon registration, pre-submission of questions to the VC team and access to all recordings post event.

Limited Spots Available*


*If you’re a Kickstarter backer or part of the Creator Program, please register with your email to access special invite.

Feel free to also reach us at if you have any questions on the upcoming event or how to secure your tickets!

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