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In 2012, the BMAA organizers set their minds on attracting the public attention to deserving apps and games. The advantages of participating in this award are apparent: a spike in downloads, a lifetime presence of the nominated app in the special section of the website and overall media exposure.
Privileges that the nominees get depend on the selected offer package. The Silver package is worth $129 and includes lifetime website presence, nominee and winner badges that can be inserted on websites, coverage in social media and email promotion for the winner. The entry gets checked out in 2 to 5 days.
The Platinum package is priced at $179 and guarantees an interview, a badge, broad social network and international press release coverage, and the entry gets through in just a day or two.
The award is divided into several contests: “Best Mobile App of the Year”, “Best Mobile Game of the Year”, “Best Business & Productivity App”, “Best Mobile App Screenshot”, “Best App Design”, “Best Educational App” and “Best Social/Lifestyle App”. Entries to the first three contests are accepted up until December 31, 2017. The entry form can be found here.
ADCE stands for Art Directors Club of Europe. Since 1990, top Old World experts in design and advertisement have rallied the creative minds of Europe to carry the banner of European design to the world. Awards are given out for commercial video and audio clips, advertisement campaigns, events, packaging, graphical design and many other things, not excluding websites and mobile apps.
The number of participant works can go as far as fifty thousand. Out of this enormous amount, the jury panel picks Silver and Gold star contenders; the former group can include several participants in each category, while the latter has only one place per category. The highest award, the Grand Prix, is given out by the jury to what they find to be the very best of the projects. All winning entries are issued certificates and are mentioned on the website. Entry fees and deadlines.
The club consists of a multitude of studios and agencies from European countries, and awards similar to ADCE are presented locally in these companies. Even though everyone can participate in ADCE Awards, club membership provides certain privileges. For instance, local winners in the Gold Awards nomination participate in the main contest for free, while Silver and Bronze awardees and those shortlisted pay a special reduced fee. In 2016, the fee was 100 euro for Silver nominees and 170 euro for Bronze nominees and shortlist contenders. The fee for those outside of the club is 270 euro.
Each project has to contend in the same category in which it won in the local contest. If there is no identical category, the closest category is selected. You can read more about fees and terms of participation here.
Entries for ADCE 2017 are not available yet.
Apple Design Awards exist since 1996 and are traditionally given out as part of the WWDC conference. This prize is reserved for the most technically refined and elegant apps for iOS and OS X.
There’s no need to submit your entry – you’ll know if the Apple reps like your app and nominate it. Date of the WWDC 2018 is not yet assigned.
This award has been given out to the best websites since 2009 and is based in Valencia (Spain). It’s given out to designers for usability, creativity, content and design quality, and to developers for intricacy of code. Projects are selected daily and monthly. The award culminates in an international jury panel meeting in one of the iconic Old or New world cities where the best websites of the year are decorated. As for the award’s website, it is in itself a place to look for inspiration and keep up with the latest trends – especially if you wish to end up among its nominees one day.
There are two types of fees. A fee of €40 guarantees that the winner in the “Website of the day” nomination is included in “The Best 365 Websites Around the Globe” book. A fee of €150 provides the winner with additional privileges: one extra entry, a discount for future entries, ads and featuring in a separate category where it’s easier to get noticed by customers, specialists and advertisers. The entry submission form can be found here. No deadlines are specified.
The Clio statuette was first awarded in 1960. The award’s founder, Wallace A. Ross, was an active New York advertiser from 1940 to 1970. Back then, the awards were given out for accomplishment in TV advertising, but today this nomination is just one of many, from brand design to best student projects, including Digital/Mobile nominations contended for by mobile apps, websites and games.
There are two elimination rounds in which the jury let only one fifth of the participants through.
An entry into the Digital/Mobile section can be submitted up until May 26 for $575, and for $600 from May 26 to June 30. You can find more information here.
The Crunchies award was founded in 2008 by GigaOm, Techcrunch, VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb, influential magazines in the IT and venture investment world. This in itself already guarantees nominees wide media coverage. This award doesn’t have a fixed amount of categories, but mobile app developers needn’t worry: your work is sure to be appreciated, so be eager to claim one of the five prize places that each category has. Last time, those lucky apps were Musical.ly, Clue, Prisma, Weedmaps and Pokemon Global Offensive.
Nominees are chosen by the award’s selection committee, so participation is free. The award is usually given out in February.
Nominees are expected to bring new solutions to web design and development. There are daily, monthly and yearly awards; winners enjoy respect, coverage and invitations to new interesting projects, while website guests get new ideas for projects of their own.
The entry fee is $35 and there are no deadlines. The entry form can be found here.
Since 2007, experts from important European communication design magazines have been rewarding what they found to be outstanding examples of the craft. Among the eight categories of the award, there is a category called “Digital” that has nominations for the best mobile app and website. Apart from the established assessment criteria (quality, creativity and general adequacy), the website will be evaluated for usability and technical execution. The ranks are usual: gold, silver and bronze, but only gold awardees are decorated at the ceremony which takes place in various European cities. In May 2017, the ceremony was hosted in the city of Porto in Portugal.
The entry fee is €140, but if you’re submitting five or more entries, the price is lowered to €112. Students can participate for as little as €40. The registration period for the European Design Awards 2018 will open on December 1st 2017 and conclude on February 23. You may find more information on how to submit your work (when the time comes) here.
An award that has been around since 2000, FWA encourages digital professionals to push the limits of technology, in the vein of similar contests. FWA declares gender balance in the jury (no less than 100 men and 100 women all around the globe), and all changes in the jury’s opinions can be tracked live. The jury panel selects the project of the day, month and year, and these awards are complemented with the annual popular vote.
The entry fee is 70.5 pounds and no deadlines are specified. The entry form can be found here.
The award was founded by a British company called GSMA, a trade body with 800 mobile operator companies as its members. GSMA started Global Mobile Awards in 1996 to propel the development of mobile technologies. The awards that have been presented in these 20 years are a testament to the evolution that the industry has undergone, from the best GSM services to quality of life and business-oriented apps and devices. The award ceremony takes place in Barcelona as part of the Mobile World Congress.
In 2017, the list of awards was topped off by seven new positions, including the award for best mobile virtual/augmented reality app, for outstanding achievement in transition from LTE to 5G, and for the best usage of mobile technologies as part of the “Smart City” concept. There are 39 awards in total, split into eight categories. The full list of awards is located here.
In 2016, the fee varied depending on the category and on whether the nominee was a GSMA member or not. In particular, a single entry in the “Best Mobile App” category was worth €250. In 2017, the ceremony took place from February 28 to March 2. To learn about the entry deadlines for the next award, contact email@example.com.
This award started in Latvia in 1999, and it’s presented to organizations and private individuals for ingenuity in positioning a product or service, whether through advertising, direct marketing, PR campaigns, apps, websites or branded games that serve to increase customer loyalty. Golden Hammer offers its nominees to contend for Gold and Silver hammers in thirteen categories and a plethora of subcategories.
Even though the format is global, a quick glance on the list of 2016 awardees is enough to see that the winners are predominantly based in Eastern Europe; Hungary is especially prominent in the list.
In 2017, the fee for a single entry in each subcategory was €219 (€200 for each subsequent entry).
Since 2001, Horizon Interactive Awards has become one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of interactive and creative media. Multimedia, graphical design and advertising experts in the jury assess thousands of websites, mobile apps, online ad campaigns, video and printed media from all around the world.
Awardees are given gold, silver and bronze medals, and a single project can get several prizes. Still, the “Best of show” and “Best of category” titles are only given to the best of the best.
In 2016, the entry fee for a nomination was $55. A single project could contend in an unlimited amount of nominations. The list of categories and nominations can be found here.
The lists of winners of the 15th award were published on the 3rd of April. If you want to follow the news, leave your e-mail address in the “Entry deadline reminder” line on the main page of the website.
Founded in 2007 by Intel, this award is a part of the World Mobile Congress conference, and the ceremony is certainly worth participating in, if only for the vibe: there’s music, there’s a banquet and there are the best people from the global digital community to meet. The award ceremony is preceded by an international series of contests called Appcircus, made to select the best mobile apps according to Intel. However, the contest is only the intermediate stage for participating in the actual Mobile Premier Awards.
In February 2016, three winners were selected out of 16 contenders. The Best App Award 2016 was claimed by the Sharing Academy App, the Audience Award (the awardee of which is determined by a Twitter poll) was taken by Schooltivity, and the Big Impact Award was given out to Mimi Hearing.
The official website is the best place to find out when the new ceremony is going to take place.
The Webby Awards began in 1996, sponsored by the Academy of Web Design and the Cool Site of the Day project. The award evolved alongside the Internet itself, and has become the symbol of ultimate recognition of a project in the online sphere. Two years after its foundation, Webby was taken under the wing of The Web Magazine, a title of the IDG publishing house, known for its series of guides “for dummies”.
Since 1998, winners are selected by IADAS (the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences), who are committed to creative, technical and professional excellence in the Internet and evolution of various forms of interactive media. Famous characters on the jury panel include (or included at some point) Vinton Cerf, one of the “fathers of the Internet”; Grimes, a singer-songwriter; Biz Stone, Twitter’s co-founder; Shane Smith, executive director of the VICE mediaholding, and hundreds of other digital visionaries. Votes cast by an online audience are taken into account as well.
The jury is on the lookout for the most exciting and influential mobile apps and websites, films and video clips, ads, media and PR campaigns, social projects and podcasts.
Among the winners of the latest (20th) ceremony are The Weeknd, Vice Media, the Onion channel, Netflix, the “Hotline Bling” music video by Drake, the Slack corporate messenger, Docusign and Pocket.
At the moment this article was written, only the information on fees and deadlines for 2016 was available. For the Websites/Mobile & Apps/Social/Podcasts section, the fee was $325, plus 150$ for participating in each individual category. The fee might be different this year, so be sure to check out the details here.
Entry to the 22nd ceremony will begin in September 2017. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you require the latest news, subscribe to the monthly newsletters.
World Summit Awards is a global award supported by the UN, the World Summit on the Information Society, UNESCO, UNIDO and GAID. It takes place among 178 countries, each having their own WSA expert. The experts measure the impact your website, app or other digital project made on mankind in general and evaluate its role in forming the information society.
Entry is free, you only have to contact the expert from your country; however, getting the expert’s approval is only the first step in the multiple-stage selection process. Later, you have to get into the online jury’s shortlist which contains 30-40 projects in each of the eight categories, and only 5 projects per category will be picked. More details on how to participate can be found here.
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