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Category Definitions

The Webby Awards accept four types of entries: Websites, Interactive Advertising, which includes banners, viral, branded content and more; Online Film & Video, premiering on the Web including Comedy, Live Events, Music and more; and Mobile, which recognizes the emerging category of Mobile Websites.

Websites

The Webby Awards recognizes outstanding Websites in 65+ categories. A Website may be entered into multiple categories if appropriate. Sites entered into multiple categories will be reviewed separately for each category entered. Websites entered into more than one category may win multiple awards.

The categories are as follows, click on the category to see a full definition.

Categories

Features Categories

To enter a specific feature or component of your Website, you may choose from the categories below. You may enter multiple Features categories.

*denotes $125 categories.

Category Definitions

If you are unsure of which category or categories to select for your entry, consult the complete category definitions below.

Activism
Sites facilitating political change, social movement, human rights, public education and reform, or revolution. 
Art
Sites primarily to display or promote art of any medium, art galleries, art auctions or content focused on art criticism or the art world.  
Associations
Sites for industry or trade associations or groups. 
Automotive
Sites providing information or commerce for the automotive industry, including sites for auto makers, current car models, auto dealers (new or used), new cars for sale, used cars, car parts or accessories, car culture or car customizing. 
Banking/Bill Paying
Sites providing online consumer banking and bill paying services or other consumer related saving and lending services. 
Beauty and Cosmetics
Sites promoting beauty and cosmetic-related products, health and beauty aids, hair and makeup products, skincare, and commentary or content related to any of the above. 
Blog - Business
Sites that serve as weblogs or online journals for professional and business related topics.  
Blog - Cultural
Blog - Cultural 
Blog - Culture/Personal
Sites created by individuals or groups that serve as weblogs or online journals for cultural or personal topics. 
Blog - Political
Sites that serve as weblogs or online journals for political and civic oriented topics. 
Broadband
Sites fully integrating bandwidth-intensive interactive content. This content may include video, animation, and like dynamic elements that bring the computer, television, radio and film one step closer to convergence. 
Celebrity/Fan
Sites focused on celebrating, promoting or honoring celebrities, personalities, bands, athletes, movie actors, or other people of note. 
Charitable Organizations / Non-Profit
Sites for charities and charitable organizations whose primary purpose is helping people or other worthy causes. 
Charitable Organizations/Non-Profit
Charitable Organizations/Non-Profit 
Community
Sites creating and facilitating online community, connectedness and/or communication around shared interests. These sites can target either a broad-based or niche audience. 
Consumer Electronics
Sites marketing or promoting items and services that would be classified as consumer electronics such as handheld devices, PDAs, personal computers, televisions, stereos, home audio/video equipment, home theater systems, video game platforms and consoles and other related electronic products. 
Corporate Communications
Sites that serve as online identities for corporations, organizations, businesses or professional individuals. These sites may promote, market or provide information and a point of contact for products, services, corporate individuals or companies involved in on or offline commerce.  
Cultural Institutions
Sites for museums, parks, zoos, gardens, aquariums, theatres, arenas and any other institutions of cultural significance. 
Education
Sites that are educational, promote education, or provide online curriculum or education services. This category includes educational content for children or adults, resources for educators, and "distance learning" courses. Does not include school sites, see School. 
Employment
Sites featuring job and employment listings, job and career search services, recruiting services, career advice, headhunting or other career or job related information. 
Events
Sites promoting specific events including concerts, fairs, festivals, sporting events, tours, or other events. 
Family/Parenting
Sites providing content related to family issues, child rearing, family activities, pregnancy, parenting tips and other information. 
Fashion
Sites promoting personal style, clothing, design, and accessories. These include sites selling fashion items or promoting designers, and editorial sites with fashion news and information. 
Financial Services
Sites providing financial services and/or information. These include online stock trading, financial news, mortgage information, credit cards, or investor relations and services. Does not include online banking sites. See Banking/Bill Paying. 
Food and Beverage
Sites promoting food and beverage products including snack foods, candy, confections, chewing gum, fresh and frozen food, soft drinks, juices, energy drinks and water. Also sites featuring content about food or beverages, including recipes or recommendations. 
Games
Sites featuring direct online gaming for individuals or multi-player. Includes games of any type including action, sports, fantasy, skill, or logic. 
Games-related
Sites devoted to the world and culture of computer gaming. This includes gaming news, gaming magazines, and gaming resources. 
Government
Sites providing information and services pertaining to government matters. These include sites that enable online citizen action, offer self-help information, publish government documents and forms, and provide access to services provided by government agencies. 
Green
Green 
Guides/Ratings/Reviews
Sites that provide reviews of products or services for either consumer or business audiences. These include restaurant reviews, travel reviews, business product or service reviews, buying guides, best-of resources, product and price comparison sites. 
Health
Sites providing information and resources to improve personal health and well-being. These may include medical news sites, health information, and online diagnosis. Health includes not only medicine but also includes alternative and mental health and fitness Web sites. 
Humor
Sites dedicated to comedy or the art of laughter. 
Insurance
Sites providing information, commerce or other services featuring insurance products and services for home, auto, liability, business or any other purposes. 
IT Hardware/Software
Sites providing information or commerce for information technology, hardware and software, including computers, servers, networking equipment, business or consumer software products and services, and all other technology and information services related to hardware or software.  
Law
Web sites for law firms, legal service providers, pro-bono legal services, litigation support, and self-help legal information. Sites that feature content on legal issues, trials, law and business issues, court decisions or legal advocacy. 
Lifestyle
Sites featuring commentary, commerce and advice on lifestyle and living topics such as gardening, home improvement, interior design, architecture, and like subjects. Sites touching on the personal side of life by providing information and resources that allow people to live on their own terms. 
Magazine
Sites that are online editions or companions to offline business or consumer magazines, or sites published only online ('zines). 
Movie and Film
Sites dedicated to promotion, celebration and presentation of films, movies and film culture. These include movie promotional sites, film news, film resources, film magazines and film archives. This does not include fan sites - See Celebrity/Fan. 
Music
Sites dedicated to the distribution and/or presentation of music or musical information. These sites may provide a direct listening experience, commerce, or promote musical awareness including musicians' or record labels' sites, sites that promote musical events, or those that teach music or about music. 
NetArt
Projects that integrate art and technology, exploring and expanding the distinctive capacity of the medium. Projects must include a Web-based component and may include an offline element. 
News
Sites developed for the distribution of recent happenings. These may be offshoots of established broadcast or other existing news operations, or developed specifically for online news. 
Newspaper
Sites that are online editions or companions to offline newspapers. 
Personal Blog/Website
Personal Blog/Website 
Personal Web Site
Sites about individuals. These personal sites are created by you about you, by you about someone else, or by someone else about you. 
Pharmaceuticals
Sites promoting or marketing prescription or non-prescription drugs and medical treatment or sites providing information on pharmaceutical products. 
Podcasts
Sites dedicated to the distribution and/or presentation of podcasts or podcast information. These sites may provide a direct listening experience, commerce, or promote podcasting awareness, including individuals' or portals' podcast sites, those that teach podcast practices, or are generally about podcasts. 
Politics
Sites providing political information. These may include campaign or candidate sites, political resources, or political news sites promoting a political cause or action. 
Professional Services
Sites for professional service firms including consultants of any type, accountants and other business service providers. 
Radio
Sites with ties to a radio network, station, or program, either on the air or on the Web. This category includes sites that relate to a specific musical or talk-radio show, segment, or station. 
Radio/Podcasts
Radio/Podcasts 
Real Estate
Sites marketing or promoting the sale or rental of residential or commercial real estate, including real estate listings, brokers and brokerage services, real estate agents, and sites for developments, buildings or other real estate holdings. 
Religion and Spirituality
Sites focusing on the spirit or the soul, evangelizing spiritual practice, celebrating God(s) or any other divine power - traditional or otherwise. These include sites which provide information about the ritual, history and practice of all forms of spirituality, church and temple sites, online confessions, virtual prayer groups, and astrology sites as well as sites that provide a platform for direct online spiritual experience. 
Restaurant
Sites for restaurants, bars, restaurant chains, and other food and drink establishments. Does not include Review sites. See Guides/ Ratings/Reviews. 
Retail
Sites providing consumers online commerce and retail sales of any products or services. 
School/University
Sites for schools (high school, secondary school, elementary school), specialty school, technical school, colleges, universities and other schools. 
Science
Sites distributing information related to scientific exploration. These include science exhibits, science museums, science organizations, science laboratories, and academic institutions. 
Self-Promotion/Portfolio
An individual's creative work or collection of examples of prior projects, used to promote experience, qualifications, and skills. An online resume and demonstration of professional abilities on an individual basis. For companies, see Professional Services. 
Services
Sites allowing real world activities to be done online. These include agent or bot sites as well as sites that help people find jobs, houses, dates, or which otherwise facilitate typically offline activities from a keyboard. 
Social/Networking
Sites that facilitate the process of connecting individuals through the Internet. Their purpose may be business or pleasure. They may use friend-of-friend connections to form a social network or use technology to make the connection. Includes dating and matchmaking sites. 
Sports
Sites for sports news, sporting culture, sports teams, sports statistics, sports data, sporting events, and sports history. Includes fantasy sports sites. 
Student
For students who have designed web sites for academic purposes or as part of developing a portfolio. Category limited to works of students. 
Telecommunications
Sites for cellular or mobile phones, accessories, voice over IP, phone service, long distance service, ring tones, or any other mobile or land-line phone or phone service. 
Television
Sites which are online counterparts of television programs, promote television programs, television networks, or cable networks. 
Tourism
Sites that promote travel and tourism destinations, specific travel activities or promotional and informational tourism websites. Includes city, country or regional sites, tourist attractions, and chamber of commerce sites. 
Travel
Sites that provide travel services and information. These include online agents for purchasing tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and other travel services. Includes online travel guides, travel writing, and travel tools. 
Web Services & Applications
Web Services & Applications 
Weird
Sites that just seem strange, offbeat or odd. This category includes sites that reflect a fresh perspective in thought and action strong enough to start a revolution, change a behavior pattern, or advance old thinking lodged in bad habits, or that are just plain weird. 
Youth
Sites for those under 18: kids, youth, adolescents, teens and young adults. 
Best Actor
Best Actor 
Best Actor
Best Actor 
Best Actress
Best Actress 
Best Actress
Best Actress 
Best Copy/Writing
Only copy and writing judged. 
Best Copywriting
Best, most creative copy written for advertising or marketing purposes. 
Best Copywriting
Best, most creative copy written for advertising or marketing purposes. 
Best Editing
This category considers the craft of editing independent of genre. Technical ability, creative execution and adherence to the standards of the craft will all be considered. 
Best Editing
This category considers the craft of editing independent of genre. Technical ability, creative execution and adherence to the standards of the craft will all be considered. 
Best Home/Welcome Page
Only home or welcome page judged. 
Best Home/Welcome Page
Only home or welcome page judged. 
Best Home/Welcome Page
Only home or welcome page judged. 
Best Individual Performance
Best individual performance by a person or thing (puppet, animal, flying lawnmower, etc.) in a video series or episode. Can consist of a particularly poignant dramatic performance, a breathtaking stunt, a painstakingly executed dance routine, or any performance that captures viewers’ attention and cannot be easily replicated 
Best Individual Performance
Best individual performance by a person or thing (puppet, animal, flying lawnmower, etc.) in a video series or episode. Can consist of a particularly poignant dramatic performance, a breathtaking stunt, a painstakingly executed dance routine, or any performance that captures viewers attention and cannot be easily replicated. 
Best Individual Performance
Best individual performance by a person or thing (puppet, animal, flying lawnmower, etc.) in a video series or episode. Can consist of a particularly poignant dramatic performance, a breathtaking stunt, a painstakingly executed dance routine, or any performance that captures viewers attention and cannot be easily replicated. 
Best Navigation/Structure
Only information architecture judged. 
Best Navigation/Structure
Only information architecture judged. 
Best Navigation/Structure
Only information architecture judged. 
Best Photography & Graphics
Social media experiences that prominently feature the use of photography (fashion, sports, humor, art, etc.) or incorporate the use of graphics (infographics, graphic design, etc.). Platform agnostic—enter any and all social media that best exemplify your work.  
Best Practices
Best Practices sites serve as an industry benchmark for the most current, innovative, and advanced practices in Web development. Sites demonstrating unparalleled excellence across The Academy's six criteria: content, structure & navigation, visual design, interactivity, functionality, and overall experience. 
Best Practices
Mobile techniques that have consistently shown results superior to others, becoming benchmarks in the industry. 
Best Practices
Best Practices sites serve as an industry benchmark for the most current, innovative, and advanced practices in Web development. Sites demonstrating unparalleled excellence across The Academy's six criteria: content, structure, navigation, visual design, interactivity, functionality, and overall experience. 
Best Practices
Best Practices sites serve as an industry benchmark for the most current, innovative, and advanced practices in Web development. Sites demonstrating unparalleled excellence across The Academy's six criteria: content, structure, navigation, visual design, interactivity, functionality, and overall experience. 
Best Practices
Mobile techniques that have consistently shown results superior to others, becoming benchmarks in the industry. 
Best Reality/Variety Host
Best performance by a male or female host of any reality or variety series or episode. 
Best Use of Animation or Motion Graphics
Only animation and motion graphics judged. 
Best Use of Animation or Motion Graphics
Only animation and motion graphics judged.  
Best Use of Animation or Motion Graphics
Only animation and motion graphics judged.  
Best Use of Device Camera
The mobile Website, App or tablet experience making the most innovative, creative, useful and functional use of the device camera. Only the camera and camera-dependent software features will be judged. 
Best Use of Device Camera
The mobile Website, App or tablet experience making the most innovative, creative, useful and functional use of the device camera. Only the camera and camera-dependent software features will be judged. 
Best Use of GPS or Location Technology
The mobile Website, application or experience making the most innovative, creative, useful and functional use of GPS, location technology, geo-tagging, etc. Only the GPS and Location Technology features will be judged. 
Best Use of GPS or Location Technology
The mobile Website, App or tablet experience making the most innovative, creative, useful and functional use of GPS, location technology, geo-tagging, etc. Only the GPS and Location Technology features will be judged. 
Best Use of GPS or Location Technology
The mobile Website, App or tablet experience making the most innovative, creative, useful and functional use of GPS, location technology, geo-tagging, etc. Only the GPS and Location Technology features will be judged. 
Best Use of Interactive Video
Only the interactive components of a video will be judged. Geared toward narrative and graphical elements that include selectable plotlines, choose-your-own-adventure type stories, and puts the action squarely in the hands of the user. 
Best Use of Interactive Video
Only the interactive components of a video will be judged. Geared toward narrative and graphical elements that include selectable plotlines, choose-your-own-adventure type stories, and puts the action squarely in the hands of the user.  
Best Use of Interactive Video
Only the interactive components of a video will be judged. Geared toward narrative and graphical elements that include selectable plotlines, choose-your-own-adventure type stories, and puts the action squarely in the hands of the user.  
Best Use of Mobile Video
The mobile Website, application or experience making the most innovative, creative, useful and functional use of video or video on demand services. Only the video component will be judged. 
Best Use of Mobile Video
The mobile Website, application or tablet experience making the most innovative, creative, useful and functional use of video or video on demand services. Only the video component will be judged. 
Best Use of Mobile Video
The mobile Website, application or tablet experience making the most innovative, creative, useful and functional use of video or video on demand services. Only the video component will be judged. 
Best Use of Online Media
Best, most innovative and effective or creative use of a website or associated online tools -- applications, games, microsites, online ads, social media, wallpaper, icons, etc. -- in a media/marketing strategy.  
Best Use of Online Media
Best, most innovative and effective or creative use of a website or associated online tools -- applications, games, microsites, online ads, social media, wallpaper, icons, etc. -- in a media/marketing strategy.  
Best Use of Photography
Only photography as it's used throughout the site is judged. Geared toward sites that rely heavily on photographic imagery as a critical part of the user experience. 
Best Use of Photography
Only photography as it's used throughout the site is judged. Geared toward sites that rely heavily on photographic imagery as a critical part of the user experience. 
Best Use of Photography
Only photography as it's used throughout the site is judged. Geared toward sites that rely heavily on photographic imagery as a critical part of the user experience. 
Best Use of Social Media
Best, most creative, innovative or highly effective use of online social media -- websites, applications, APIs, plug-ins, etc -- within an advertising or marketing campaign. 
Best Use of Social Media
Best, most creative, innovative or highly effective use of online social media -- websites, applications, APIs, plug-ins, etc -- within an advertising or marketing campaign. 
Best Use of Special FX/Motion Graphics
Only Special FX, motion graphics, illustrations or digitally animated images utilized within the overall context of the film/video will be considered. Please enter animation shorts in the Animation category.  
Best Use of Typography
Only the typographical elements of the site, as they work together, are judged. Geared towards sites focused heavily on type design as a means of informing the user experience. 
Best Use of Video
Social media experiences that prominently feature the use of video (fashion, sports, humor, art, etc.). Platform agnostic but the video must be integrated into the experience and not embedded as a link—enter any and all social media that best exemplify your work. 
Best Use of Video or Moving Image
Only video or moving image judged. 
Best Use of Video or Moving Image
Only video or moving image judged. 
Best Use of Video or Moving Image
Only video or moving image judged. 
Best User Experience
Mobile that offers the best user experience through innovative design and useful functionality. 
Best User Experience
Sites that offer the best user experience through innovative design and useful functionality. 
Best User Experience
Sites that offer the best user experience through innovative design and useful functionality. 
Best User Experience
Mobile that offers the best user experience through innovative design and useful functionality. 
Best Visual Design
Mobile that offers the best visual design: beautiful, emotional, and appealing to the senses. 
Best Visual Design
Mobile that offers the best visual design: beautiful, emotional, and appealing to the senses. 
Best Visual Design - Aesthetic
Only visual design judged. Geared toward sites and experiences where visual design is intended to be beautiful, emotional, and appeal to the senses.  
Best Visual Design - Aesthetic
Only visual design judged. Geared toward sites and experiences where visual design is intended to be beautiful, emotional, and appeal to the senses.  
Best Visual Design - Aesthetic
Only visual design judged. Geared toward sites and experiences where visual design is intended to be beautiful, emotional, and appeal to the senses.  
Best Visual Design - Aesthetic
Only visual design judged. Geared toward mobile apps and experiences where visual design is intended to be beautiful, innovative, emotional, and appeal to the senses. 
Best Visual Design - Function
Only visual design judged. Geared toward sites that rely on visual design as a critical part of a functional user experience. 
Best Visual Design - Function
Only visual design judged. Geared toward sites that rely on visual design as a critical part of a functional user experience. 
Best Visual Design - Function
Only visual design judged. Geared toward sites that rely on visual design as a critical part of a functional user experience. 
Best Visual Design - Function 
Only visual design judged. Geared toward sites that rely on visual design as a critical part of a functional user experience.  
Best Web Personality/Host
Best performance by a male or female, human, animal, robot or animated character acting as host of any reality, documentary, variety or vlog-type series or episode.  
Best Web Personality/Host
Best performance by a male or female, human, animal, robot or animated character acting as host of any reality, documentary, variety or vlog-type series or episode.  
Best Writing
This category considers the craft of writing for online film & video, independent of genre. Technical ability, creative execution and adherence to the standards of the craft will all be considered. 
Best Writing
This category considers the craft of writing for online film & video, independent of genre. Technical ability, creative execution and adherence to the standards of the craft will all be considered. 
Best Writing
The craft of writing for Online for social media experiences, independent of genre. Technical ability, creative execution and adherence to the standards of the craft will all be considered. Platform agnostic—enter any and all social media that best exemplify your work. 
Best Writing (Editorial)
Only editorial writing on website judged.  
Best Writing (Editorial)
Only editorial writing on website judged.  

Interactive Advertising

The Webby Awards recognizes outstanding Interactive Advertising in 15+ single and campaign categories. An entry may be entered into multiple categories if appropriate. Entries in multiple categories will be reviewed separately for each category entered and may win multiple awards.

Banner/Display Advertising Single
Rich Media Advertising Single
Additional Categories
Banner/Display Advertising Single

Includes banners, buttons, pop-ups/unders, etc. Does not include rich media.

Includes banners and display advertising created for communications or commerce between companies (as distinguished from dealings between a company and a consumer).
Includes banners and display advertising created as a communications and marketing tool between businesses and consumers.
Includes banners and display advertising created to promote special sales, new products, seasonal goods or to increase sales of a specific product or service.
Includes banners and display advertising created on behalf of a non-profit, governmental, educational or political body. Includes foundations, museums, NGOs, universities, etc.
Rich Media Advertising Single

Includes Flash, motion graphics and video content used for advertising and marketing on the Internet

Business-to-Business
Includes rich media created for communications or commerce between companies (as distinguished from dealings between a company and a consumer).
Business-to-Consumer
Includes Flash, motion graphics and video content created as a communications and marketing tool between businesses and consumers.
Promotional
Includes Flash, motion graphics and video content created to promote special sales, new products, seasonal goods or to increase sales of a specific product or service.
Non-Profit/Educational
Includes Flash, motion graphics and video content created on behalf of a non-profit, governmental, educational or political body. Includes foundations, museums, NGOs, universities, etc.
Additional Categories
Viral Marketing
An advertising and marketing phenomenon that facilitates and encourages people to pass along a marketing message. Can be graphic, text or video-based advertising.
Email Marketing
A form of direct marketing utilizing electronic mail as a means of communicating to an audience.
Game or Application
A Web-based or downloadable game or application made on behalf of a client to specifically market a good, service or event.
Branded Content
Short films, commercials and video that premiered on the Internet and promote brands, products or services for commercial purposes ie. advertising.
Interactive Advertising Campaign
A campaign consisting of three to five banner/display and/or rich media advertising elements. Cannot include Websites, viral, email, game or branded content. See Integrated Marketing Campaigns.
Integrated Marketing Campaign
Must include Website and two to four other elements including: Banners, rich media, email, viral, branded content or game/application. Only 3 to 5 total elements can be included.

Online Film & Video

The Webby Awards recognizes outstanding Online Film & Video in 11 categories. An entry may be entered into multiple categories if appropriate. Entries in multiple categories will be reviewed separately for each category entered and may win multiple awards.

*denotes $125 categories.

Animation
Original cartoons, motion graphics, illustrations or digitally animated images premiered on the Internet. Individual episodes or entire series may be entered.
Comedy: Long Form of Series
Long form or serial content dedicated to comedy or the art of laughter premiered on the Internet. Must be over five minutes to qualify for this category or see Comedy: Shorts for shorter entries.
Comedy: Shorts
Short form content under five minutes running time dedicated to comedy or the art of laughter.
Drama
Original content of a dramatic, turbulent or highly emotional nature premiered on the Internet. Individual episodes or entire series may be entered.
Events and Live Broadcasts
Original content promoting specific events including concerts, fairs, festivals, sporting events, tours, or other events premiered on the Internet. Individual episodes or entire series may be entered.
Experimental
Online film & video that shuns narrative, incorporates groundbreaking technology, reflects a fresh perspective and basically avoids conventional description. Individual episodes or entire series may be entered.
Music/Variety
Original online film & video dedicated to the presentation or documentation of music/variety content: including music videos, performances, online talk shows, interviews, etc. Individual episodes or entire series may be entered.
News/Documentary/Public Service
Original online content documenting informational topics, recent happenings and public service issues. Individual episodes or entire series may be entered.
Reality
Original online programming of a generally unscripted nature, documenting actual events over fiction, and featuring "ordinary" people over professional actors. Individual episodes or entire series may be entered.
Student
For students who have created online film & video for academic purposes or as part of developing a portfolio. Category limited to works of students.
Viral
Low-budget, home-made or accidental Web phenomenon premiered on the Internet. These must be unpaid, non-commercial content.

Mobile

The Webby Awards recognizes outstanding Mobile Websites in three unique categories. An entry may be entered into multiple categories if appropriate. Entries in multiple categories will be reviewed separately for each category entered and may win multiple awards.

Listings & Updates
Mobile sites providing listings, updates and location-based information for mobile users on-the-go. These may included maps, traffic updates, movie listings, weather reports and other timely and/or location-based information.
News & Entertainment
Mobile sites developed for the distribution of recent happenings and entertainment content, such as news, gossip, humor, finance, and sports. These may be offshoots of established broadcast or online news and entertainment operations, or developed specifically for the mobile device.
Mobile Marketplace & Services
Sites providing consumers online commerce and retail sales of products or services.