Since the launch of ArcGIS Online, hundreds of organisations have used Esri’s mapping tools to tell their story using interactive maps and multimedia content. Some of the best examples can be found in Esri’s Story Map Gallery.
Would you like your map to feature in the best of British, Esri UK story map gallery? Simply enter the contest and be in the chance to win one of five fantastic prizes as well!


You have the whole Great British summer ahead to inspire you!

Sport:  from Wimbledon to the Commonwealth Games, the Tour de France in Yorkshire to The Open at Royal Liverpool, the British Isles will be brimming with the best of sporting events throughout the summer. Could you be inspired to make Britain’s best sporting story map for 2014?


Holidays:  our seaside piers are unique in the world; they epitomise the powerful achievements of Victorian engineers as well as the traditional bucket and spade holiday. Alternatively, you may prefer walking in the Lakes or simply enjoy the solitude of a quiet country cottage. Whatever your choice, could you share your great British summer holiday experience in a unique story map?


Music:  2014 is set to be the best ever summer for live, outdoor music in the UK and the variety of festival choice couldn’t be more abundant. From Kasabian and Dolly Parton headlining Glastonbury’s ubiquitous Pyramid Stage, to Richard Thompson and Beth Orton playing at Folk by the Oak, there’s something for every musical taste. How would you share the best of British music 2014 in a story map?


Food:  what tickles your tastebuds?  From your favourite pasty shop to the best fish and chips, your favourite place for a picnic or BBQ to glorious strawberries at Wimbledon, the list is endless. Could your most enjoyable British foods and food experiences help you to create a prize-winning story map?



We hope we have inspired you to create a new story map, but you can always enter a story map you have already created.

If you are new to story maps and have an ArcGIS Online Organisational or Public Account then you’re ready to go. Just create a story map and make sure it is shared publicly using the embedded share options on the story map.

This will create a short link which you should email to


Tips and Tricks

It's quick and simple to create story maps – you can do it in just five minutes. Check out our story maps apps page for step-by-step instructions and ideas, or watch this short video.

Not made a story map before? Simply sign up for a free ArcGIS Online Public Account; you’ll be able to create maps and share your maps, apps, and data with others publicly. You will also get access to content shared by Esri and other users.

Entries will be judged on how effectively they represent the best of the British summer 2014 – whatever the subject matter – making the map interesting, understandable and engaging.

Take a look at these online help videos



There will be five prizes in total: 

Grand prize/overall winner:  A £500 Amazon voucher and your cartography book of choice from the Esri Book Store

Second prize winner:  A £250 Amazon voucher and your cartography book of choice from the Esri Book Store

Third prize winner:  A £100 Amazon voucher and your cartography book of choice from the Esri Book Store

Runners-up prizes:  Two runners-up will each receive a £50 Amazon Store voucher and their cartography book of choice from the Esri Book Store.

The competition is now open and closes on September 22nd. The winning story maps will be announced in October and featured on Esri UK’s new story map gallery.

See the full terms and conditions for further information.