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THE ENTRY PROCESS

At what point will my credit card be charged during the site submission process?

At the end of the entry process, if paying by credit card. This will automatically charge your credit card. As we are verifying your credit card information, this process may take a minute. Please wait. Clicking the button again may result in double billing. If you click the "process my entry" button multiple times and are double billed as a result, email a copy of your confirmation receipt to deniser@webbyawards.com.

Can I withdraw my entry? Will I get a refund?

You may withdraw your entry by emailing deniser@webbyawards.com. However, you will not receive a refund as entries are reviewed at any point following submission.

How can I be sure you have received my entry?

You see a confirmation page noting your entry number and will also receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of your entry. If you do not receive an email confirmation within twenty four hours, please email deniser@webbyawards.com.

How can I change my entry?

The following information can be changed on an entry at any time by contacting Webby Awards Call for Entries Customer Service via deniser@webbyawards.com:

  • Contact info
  • URL - The URL can be changed only if it is the same site that was nominated or if it has not yet been reviewed.
  • Category to be reviewed - An entrant will be granted a category change as long as the site has not yet been reviewed.

Do you have to be based in the United States to participate?

No, competition entries and judges have come from more than 60 countries around the globe. The Webby Award is a global award.

Does the entry need to be in English?

We encourage entries from all over the world. Infact last years competition received entries from more than 60 countries.

All Online Film & Video entries in a foreign language MUST be dubbed or subtitled.

Visit the eligibility & guidelines page for more information regarding foreign language entries.

CATEGORIES

Which category should I enter?

The Webby Awards now has five entry types to choose from: Websites, Interactive Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile & Apps, and Social. We designed and added categories to allow participants to choose an entry category that best fits their media. There can be overlap in some of the categories and it is up to the entrant to choose which is most appropriate for that particular entry. An entry can be entered to multiple categories as appropriate. If work is entered in multiple categories, it may win multiple times. The Academy reserves the right to move entries to other categories if it is clearly appropriate to do so.

Can I enter more than one category?

Yes, each year many entrants enter multiple categories as multiple categories allow for our judges to evaluate your entry based on the parameters of each appropriate category, thus increasing chances of winning. In the past, several Websites have won multiple categories. Interactive Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile & Apps, and Social also have the potential for winners in multiple categories.

JUDGING

How do you pick the judges for your competitions?

The Webby Awards are overseen by the International Academy of the Digital Arts and Sciences. Visit The Academy Website to learn more.

Can you explain how the sites are judged?

Please see judging process and judging criteria.

Is it possible to receive the judges rating and comments for my site?

Due to the historic volume of entries, the Webby has not offered individual comments to its entrants. For Webby updates and news, please sign up for our newsletter, the 011. Click here to sign up.

How do you judge the Mobile entries?

The Academy will judge all Webby Mobile entries on hand-held devices thus ensuring that the entry is evaluated according to the criteria in its intended medium.

WINNING AN AWARD

How many entrants win Webby Awards?

For each of the 100+ categories, the Academy will select five (5) Nominees which represent the five best in the category. Out of the Nominees, one (1) Winner will be selected and will win the coveted Webby Award in that specific category. Additionally, the online community, through a public vote, will also select a Winner from the Nominees in each category. These sites receive a Webby People's Voice, Agency Voice or Critic's Voice Award depending on which entry type was entered.

Additionally, entries that are not chosen as Winners or Nominees, but are notable in their achievement, may be recognized as an Official Honoree by the Academy. There may be multiple entries (or no entries) in each category designated an Honoree. We reserve the right to honor less than five nominees in any category should the quality of work not meet standards set by the judging criteria.

What do I get if I win a Webby Award or if my entry is chosen as a Nominee or Honoree?

To help promote achievement, the Webby provides its winners the notable Webby Statuette (additional statuettes can be purchased) and an icon for the winners' Websites or publications. Nominees and Official Honorees may purchase a framed certificate and will receive an icon for their Websites as well. All Winners, Nominees and Honorees will be included on the winners page of the Webby site.

Webby Winners, Nominees, and Honorees have an unparalleled opportunity to promote the recognized entry and the firm or professionals that created it. There is tremendous recognition, prestige and public relations opportunity associated with being selected by the Academy, see top ten reasons to enter.

CAN I BUY ADDITIONAL WEBBY AWARDS STATUETTES FOR MEMBERS OF MY TEAM, CLIENTS AND OTHERS IF I WIN? CAN I BUY FRAMED CERTIFICATES OR OTHER MERCHANDISE TO COMMEMORATE BEING SELECTED AS A NOMINEE OR HONOREE?

Yes. To help promote achievement, the Webby provides its winners the notable Webby Statuette and an icon for the winners' Websites or publications. Additional statuettes can be purchased. Nominees and Honorees may purchase a framed certificate and will receive an icon for their Websites as well. All Winners, Nominees and Honorees will be included on the Webby Winners' page of the Webby site.

Do you hold an event that we have to attend to receive our award?

Traditionally, Webby Winners are honored at a Show Awards event held in early May. See some highlights from last year's event. The 18th Annual Webby Awards will be held in early May in NYC. The VIP invite-only awards celebration is a major media event where you get to rub elbows with other winners and the industry's foremost professionals, luminaries and celebrities. Winners do NOT need to attend to receive their awards, although many do attend.

NEWSLETTERS / STAYING INFORMED

What is The 011 newsletter?

The 011 newsletter is the Newsletter of The Webby Awards and The Academy. It is sent monthly via email and contains information on The Webby Awards. Subscribe by clicking here. Unsubscribe by following the instructions in the footer of each newsletter, or by sending a request to deniser@webbyawards.com.

What is a 411 announcement?

411 Announcements deliver late breaking Webby Awards news and developments directly to your Inbox. If you are subscribed to the 011 newsletter or have opted in to receive messages from The Webby Awards and our sponsors, you may receive special 411 Announcements between regularly scheduled 011 newsletters.

MISCELLANEOUS

How can I sponsor the Webby Awards?

If you are interested in being considered as a sponsor of the Webby Awards, contact Jerome Sletteland, VP Business Development, via email: jerome@webbyawards.com or phone: +1- 303.449.0904

Can I rent the list of Webby entrants or Winners?

No. We do not rent or sell our entrant or winner lists.