The Kantar Information is Beautiful awards were held in London last night, with an inspiring and intelligent group of data enthusiasts taking home bronze, silver and gold prizes in a range of categories. 

The awards celebrate the importance, impact and unique insight that data visualisation and infographics offer as a medium to process information. But before you think the mathematics will send you to sleep, take a moment to appreciate the in-depth and gruelling art of crafting the winners and shortlisters that make the rest of our lives simpler.

Data journalist and judge David McCandless passionately reiterated how high the calibre was this year, and even how much envy he felt of the projects. 

The overall winner with a prize of £5000, the Most Beautiful, was awarded to Peter Aldous and Charles Seife from Buzzfeed USA for their interactive map of Spies in the Skies. This project also won gold under the Data Journalism category. 

BuzzFeed News analysed and visualised aircraft location data collection by the flight-tracking website Flightradar24 to show how the US is being watched from above by hundreds of federal aircraft.

You can check out Spies in the Skies here. Image: Spies in the Skies and Data Cuisine, by Moritz Stefaner and Susanne Jaschko

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