This is the final column in a series that features the winners of DM Review's 2005 data visualization competition. In the fourth and final event of the competition, participants were given the opportunity to showcase their data visualization skills and imaginations without restriction to a prescribed set of instructions. Here are the only instructions they were given:This scenario is not prescribed. You may present any real-world data and message that can be addressed through a data visualization. It may be a graph, a dashboard, or any other visual presentation of quantitative data. This is your opportunity to showcase a data visualization of which you are particularly proud.

I was especially excited about this part of the competition because it would invite innovative approaches to the visual presentation of data. I wasn't disappointed. In fact, a few of the submissions expressed imagination that ventured well beyond the bounds of effectiveness.

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