September 14-17, 2021

Tübingen, Germany

Graph Drawing Contest 2021

Call for Participation

The 28th Annual Graph Drawing Contest shall be held in conjunction with the 29th International Symposium on Graph Drawing and Network Visualization (GD 2021).

The contest has two parts: the Creative Topics and the Live Challenge.

Creative Topics

The creative topics are provided a year in advance and focus on free-form visualisation of specific graphs. Two graphs are provided, and participants are invited to submit any drawings of one or both of the graphs. The submissions will be judged by the contest committee during the symposium. This year's topics are the Movie Remake graph, and the Argumentation Network.

For details, see here.

Live Challenge

The live challenge will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 17:30 CEST in a format similar to a typical programming contest, where teams are presented with a collection of challenge graphs and have approximately one hour to submit their highest scoring drawings. This year the challenge will focus on minimizing the planar polyline edge-length ratio on a fixed grid. The tool will become available before the conference.

For details, see here.


We are planning to award a monetary prize to up to three submissions in each of the four different categories.

Contest Committee

Philipp Kindermann
Universität Trier
  Tamara Mchedlidze
Utrecht University
  Wouter Meulemans
Eindhoven University
of Technology