The 2022/23 Student Infographic Competition

Explore the latest public finance and economic data and share your insights through the Finances of the Nation Student Infographic Competition!

Infographics are a clean, creative, and intuitive way to communicate data. The process of designing them can enhance your understanding of information and improve your skills at data visualization. They can reveal key patterns quickly, and are increasingly used by businesses, academics, governments, statistical agencies, and more!

Submissions should focus on Canadian public policy issues or economic questions using the latest data from Finances of the Nation or other related sources.

Key Dates

Deadline for submissions: April 1, 2023

Results announced before April 31, 2023

Prizes

The top three infographics will be featured on the Finances of the Nation website, including a brief article discussing the key insight.

The winning entry will receive $500. The runner-up will receive $200.

We gratefully acknowledge financial support provided by Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Economics and through a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Partnership Development Grant.

Eligibility

The competition is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at a Canadian post-secondary institution. Submissions may be by an individual or by teams of up to 3 students submitting a single infographic. Only one infographic submission is permitted.

Submissions may be produced in any software package, though only static PDF files will be accepted. All data sources and methods must be appropriately cited.

Submission Process

To submit your infographic for consideration, email the following to fonc_comp@wlu.ca:

  1. A single PDF file for your infographic; and,
  2. A brief (one paragraph) description of your infographic.

Evaluation

A panel of three Canadian academic economists will evaluate submissions based on analytical rigour, design quality and clarity, and originality. Specifically,

  1. Economic Content (50%)
    1. Title
    2. Concise content
    3. Clear message
    4. Significance of insight
    5. Sources and notes
  2. Display (50%)
    1. Clear and intuitive presentation
    2. Graphics and data elements are appropriate and informative
    3. Design is visually appealing