The 20th Webby Award winners will be crowned this May. If you don’t know what the Webbys are, then keep reading. These awards carry huge importance for the entire online world. They have even been regarded as the “Oscars of the Internet”. Also, the Webbys can provide ideas about how to give users an awesome website experience.
What are the Webby Awards?
The Webbys have been an annual event since 1996, back in the early stages of the internet. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) makes up the main portion of judges. The members of International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences include over 1,000 major figures among entertainment, business, and online communities. The Academy chooses nominees within five media categories: websites, advertising and media, online film and video, mobile sites and apps, and social. These categories contain many sub-categories; this ensures recognition for many different online presences. In addition to that, Special Achievement awards are also given out to famous web figures.
The IADAS chooses one of the winners for each sub-category; the public chooses the other winners. Millions of people around the world cast votes for Webby People’s Voice Awards. This year’s nominees include:
- Orange is the New Black Season 3 under Social Media Campaigns
- Nike Digital Retail Experience under Best User Experience
- The New Yorker under Best Podcast
- Tumblr under Best Social Media Website
What can the 20th Webby Awards teach us?
This year’s entry period is already over, but don’t worry if you missed it. Take this year’s and past nominees as guides for your own online presence. Also, the Webby website provides a judging criteria guide for nominees across the different media categories.
So go vote for the new winners of the 20th Webby Awards! While voting, be sure to take notes and look for tips on how your internet presence can become Webby-worthy as well. Because nothing catches people’s attention like a shiny award.