Visualizing Student Debt Contest

Can Visualizations Help Solve the Student Loan Debt Crisis?

Visualizations can render data to make it meaningful for people around the world. Furthermore, they are able to reveal what might be either changed or strengthened through policy and individual action. To draw on this potential, The VizE Lab and The Dignity+Debt Network are calling for data visualizations, maps, or short documentary films and photography that portray student loan debt. See our own “The Problem of Colored Lines” gallery on racial disparities and the student loan crisis, inspired by the drawings of W.E.B. DuBois.


  • 4 finalists will win awards of $1,000 each
  • Among these 4 finalists, one entrant (or team) will be awarded an additional $1,000 by lottery
  • NEW! 1 finalist from Princeton University will win an award of $1,000
  • 1 finalist will be awarded per country (i.e. their data pertains to a single country or a unique set of countries, not the nationality of the Entrant or team)


  • Submissions will be accepted until October 3, 2020.

  • Entrants may submit up to 4 images

  • Short-form documentaries may be up to 16 minutes.

    Awards will be announced soon!