The 16th Annual Webby Awards, hosted by comedian Patton Oswalt and sponsored by Yahoo!, will take place on Monday, May 21, 2012, at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The Awards will take place at 5:30 PM EST and will be live streamed on www.webbyawards.com.
You can vote for your favorite Web site for each category here; but hurry! Voting closes April 26.
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising & media, online film & video, and mobile & apps. Established in 1996, the 16th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide.
Categories include: art, activism, associations, banking/bill paying, beauty and cosmetics, best navigation, best use of video or moving image, best writing, best blogs, community, consumer electronics, education, government, green, music, personal blogs, politics, radio/podcasts, retail, social media and sports.
Some of this year’s nominees include:
Book Burning Party (activism)
Glamour.com’s Beauty Channel (beauty & cosmetics)
GE Small Changes (best home page)
The New York Times (best practices)
TED.com (best use of video/moving image)
The Daily Beast & TheAtlantic.com (best writing-editorial)
HuffPost Business, Mashable & TechCrunch (blog-business)
The 99% (blog-cultural)
Tumblr & I Had Cancer (community)
Ben & Jerry’s Fair Tweets (corporate social responsibility)
Sundance Channel/Sundance Film Festival & TribecaFilm.com (events)
BabyCenter & Parents.com (family/parenting)
TheAtlantic.com, Vanity Fair & Wired (magazine)
Members of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) – such as Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Musician David Bowie and Instagram founder Kevin Systrom - select the nominees for both the Webby Awards and the Webby People’s Voice Awards, as well as the winners of The Webby Awards. However, you, the online community, determine the winners of The People’s Voice by voting for the nominated work that you believe to be the best in each category. Each year, the Webby People’s Voice Awards garners hundreds of thousands of votes from the Web community all over the world.
IADAS also announced nominees for the inaugural People’s Special Achievement Webby for Social Change, honoring important Internet work that played an integral role in advancing and organizing the masses in 2011′s sociopolitical climate. This year’s nominees are Facebook,Twitter, YouTube, Kiva, and Change.org. The winner will be selected by the online public as part of Webby People’s Voice voting.
“The nominees mirror this incredible year on the Internet, from memes to viral videos to cultural movements and extraordinary creativity,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of the Webby Awards. “IADAS has distilled the best and most innovative work on the web and we look forward to celebrating at this year’s ceremony in May.”
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