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Creator Program Challenge

Introducing the first challenge hosted by Visual Capitalist’s Creator Program to showcase winning data storytelling skills.

This is your chance to show-off your skills with our suggested data sets, impress the VC Editorial team and be crowned the winner at our upcoming ‘Data Creator Con’ event in June. 

To enter the challenge, the rules are simple:

  • Create a mobile-optimized data visualization (see selection method for details) in English on any focus of ‘International Trade’ (e.g. countries, regions, exports/imports, etc.) with a strong suggestion to use The Atlas of Economic Complexity and/or as sources.
  • Share your entry on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, tagging Visual Capitalist’s account along with the hashtags #CreatorProgramChallenge and #InternationalTrade. More than one entry per person is allowed.
  • The grand prize winner will be published as Editor’s Choice on Visual Capitalist with Creator Program Ambassador status, receive $2,000 USD, and a free annual subscription to VC+. The 2nd place winner will be published on Visual Capitalist with Creator Program Ambassador status, receive $1,000 USD, and a free annual subscription to VC+. All shortlist winners will also win a free annual subscription to VC+ and be included in a site post showcasing the work of all qualifiers.
  • The contest will run from May 4th, 2023 to midnight on May 31st, 2023.

Winners will be contacted via Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn by June 7th, 2023.

If you need more info, check out our Creator Program resource page for general standards and guidelines.

Terms & Conditions

By entering this contest, you agree to comply with the rules set by Visual Capitalist. Please note that this contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. No purchase is necessary to enter, nor will a purchase improve your chances of winning.

Dates: The contest commences on May 4th and closes at 11:59 pm PDT on May 31st, 2023. All entries must be received within the period to be eligible.

Entry: Eligible entrants can enter the Creator Program Challenge by fully meeting all contest requirements, as specified in the rules in order to be eligible to win a prize. Incomplete entries or those not adhering to the rules or specifications will be disqualified at Visual Capitalist’s sole discretion. 

This promotion is also in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. By entering, entrants confirm the release of Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn of responsibility and agree to Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn’s Terms of Use. 

Eligibility: This contest is open internationally to participants who are 18 years of age (or the age of majority in the state) or older at the time of entry. Employees and their immediate families or members of households of Visual Capitalist are not eligible to enter or be awarded a prize.

By submitting an entry, you warrant that the original work of authorship is by you and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If the entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, you will be disqualified at the sole discretion of Visual Capitalist. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, you shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Visual Capitalist from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which Visual Capitalist may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.

Sponsor: Visual Capitalist, 415 W Cordova St #300, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E5

Selection Method: Visual Capitalist will select shortlist winners by assessing skills from all eligible entries on June 7th, 2023, and announce finalists during the 2023 Data Creator Con (more details coming soon). If you are selected, Visual Capitalist will attempt to notify you by Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, solely from Visual Capitalist’s accounts to provide further information. If you do not respond within 48 hours or do not comply with these rules, you will be disqualified, your entry will be declared void, and the next eligible entry will be selected as a potential winner.

Entries will also be accessed against Visual Capitalist’s reference guide for mobile design including 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)


  • 1st Place – One (1) Published as Editor’s Choice on Visual Capitalist for June with a dedicated e-blast, $2,000 USD monetary compensation, Creator Program Ambassador status, and a free VC+ annual subscription.
  • 2nd Place – One (1) Published on Visual Capitalist’s website with Creator Program Ambassador status, $1,000 USD monetary compensation 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.

*In some cases, shortlist winners may also qualify to be published as a regular Creator Program post and will be contacted separately if applicable.

Editor’s Choice is reserved for visualizations that our team believes stand out due to an exceptional standard and uniqueness, featured on Visual Capitalist’s homepage and at the top of the Creator Stream. It includes a wire transfer of $2,000 USD (typically $1,000 USD outside the contest) and a dedicated Creator Feature on Visual Capitalist’s free daily email of 300k+ subscribers. 

The 2nd place winner will also be published on Visual Capitalist’s Creator Stream and compensated $1,000 USD via wire transfer (typically $500 USD outside the contest).

Creator Program Ambassador status is reserved for noteworthy talent (i.e. 1st and 2nd place winners), marked as ‘2023 Winners’ on their Creator Community profiles.

VC+ is our premium email subscription service which includes our in-depth reports, exclusive webinars, bi-weekly briefings, and special dispatches each month. The free subscription will be applied to the winner’s account shortly after being announced. In the event a winner has an existing VC+ subscription, the prize will commence at the expiry of the winner’s existing subscription period. 

The prizes must be accepted as awarded, will be awarded to the confirmed winner only, and is not transferable, resellable, or redeemable for cash. 

Publicity: Except where otherwise prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes consent to Visual Capitalist printing, publishing, broadcasting, distributing and using in any media without limitation, your submitted work, name and statements about the contest for promotional purposes without further notification, permission, payment, or consideration.

Visual Capitalist Rights: Visual Capitalist reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest in the event Visual Capitalist becomes aware or reasonably suspects there to be virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond Visual Capitalist’s control corrupt that could affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the contest. In such a case, Visual Capitalist may select the winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Visual Capitalist. Visual Capitalist reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the contest or website or violates these terms. Visual Capitalist has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the contest, to reasonably void entries, including, but not limited to: the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage the legitimate operation of the contest may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, Visual Capitalist reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Privacy Policy: Visual Capitalist collects information from you (i.e. name, social media profile, design, caption and any other details you provide in entering the contest) in order to conduct the contest and may, for this purpose, disclose such information to third parties, including but not limited to agents, contractors, service providers, and prize suppliers. Entry to the contest is conditional on providing this information. This section should be read in conjunction with Visual Capitalist’s Privacy Policy which explains how Visual Capitalist collects, stores, and uses personal information click here.

Release: By participating in this contest you release Visual Capitalist, Twitter, Instgram and LinkedIn from any damages, inquiries, claims, causes of action, liability, or losses direct or indirect, which may be caused by the participation in the promotion or by the acceptance, use/misuse of possession or prizes. 

Entrants should direct any inquiries directly to Visual Capitalist at [email protected].