Call for Entries: The Lovie Awards

You're probably familiar with the Webby Awards, which for 20 years has bestowed its annual award for excellence on web sites worldwide. The organization behind this is a judging body of more than 1,000 members, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, with an Executive comprised of leading web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities: everyone from Biz Stone through Arianna Huffington.

But what you might well be unfamiliar with is another of the Academy's initiatives, this one dubbed the Lovie Awards, which is now in its sixth year. Strange name, you say? Well, think of Ada Lovelace, the English mathematician often credited as being the first programmer. The awards are dedicated to honoring European content created for the internet, in a broad range of categories: Websites; Online Advertising, which includes banners, viral and branded content; Internet Video; Mobile and Applications; and Social.

Judging is by members of the IADAS, with selections made for Bronze, Silver and Gold winners, based on six criteria: content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, interactivity and overall experience. This selection is followed by the online community, through a public vote, selecting a People's Lovie Winner from the finalists in each category. While winners aren't showered in riches, they do receive a customised, engraved statuette shown at right, which is something. Winners are also "celebrated" at The Lovie Awards event in London, England. The early entry deadline is April 17, 2015, with more information and a gallery of previous winners available on the Lovie Awards site.