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Webby Awards Season Explainer

Thanks for participating in the 26th Annual Webby Awards! Below is a list of key dates, followed by an overview of what to expect during this season.

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KEY DATES

  • September 14, 2021: 26th Annual Webby Awards Call for Entry Open
  • October 29, 2021: Early Entry Deadline
  • December 17, 2021: Final Entry Deadline
  • April 2022: Webby People’s Voice
  • May 2022: 26th Annual Webby Awards Show

SEASON OVERVIEW: SEPTEMBER 2021 – MAY 2022

STEP 1:

Entering

Congratulations! Your work is now in the running to join over two decades of Internet excellence in the Webby Gallery + Index. Take a breath, enjoy a pat on the back: Just by entering The Webby Awards, you’ve acknowledged that you and your team have created great work this year. Thanks for contributing to a better Internet.

STEP 2:

Judging Process

Judging for the 26th Annual Webby Awards officially starts in Fall 2021.

Tip: Double check your entries to make sure your links are live and videos are published. It make the judging process smother, and ensures your work is being seen in the best light.

You will be alerted via email when judging begins, among other updates, so make sure to keep rithesh_menon@webbyawards.com and evey@webbyawards.com on your preferred senders list to not miss any news.

Who judges The Webby Awards?

You have the honor of having your work seen by some of the Internet’s brightest minds and foremost luminaries in the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS): our +2,000-member Judging body, comprising individuals with expertise in one or more of our media types, like:

  • Kerstin Emhoff, Co-Founder & CEO – PRETTYBIRD
  • Colleen DeCourcy, President, Wieden+Kennedy
  • Arlan Hamilton, Founder & Managing Partner – Backstage Capital
  • John Hanke, Founder & CEO – Niantic
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, Creator – 1619, The New York Times
  • Renita Jablonski, Director of Audio – The Washington Post
  • Mikael Jørgensen, Founder & CEO – &Co
  • Monica Lewinsky, Activist, Fashion Designer & Producer
  • Swizz Beatz & Timbaland, Music Producers & Co-Founders  – Verzuz
  • Vanessa Pappas, COO – TikTok
  • Daniel Reynolds, Vice President, Digital Media – Disney
  • Dara Treseder, SVP,  Head of Global Marketing & Communications – Peloton
  • Maya Watson, Head of Global Marketing – Clubhouse

Read about the judging process here and judging criteria here And see the full Academy at iadas.net.

Each category will have 5 Nominees selected, and eventually 2 Winners: The Webby Winner (chosen by our Academy), and The People’s Voice Winner (chosen by the public).

STEP 3:

Be Inspired

As a Webby entrant, you’re now a member of the Webby community. Welcome. We invite you to:

Discover the best of the internet. Check the gallery + index if you have an account. If not, you can sign up for one here.

Join us for the Webby Talks event series launching soon. Learn more here.

Take a deep dive into Webby and Internet history by catching up on episodes of the Webby Podcast. Featuring interviews with Internet heavy hitters including John Maeda, Chief Experience Officer, Publicis SapientSofie Andersen, Interim Chief Digital Officer, The Metropolitan Museum of ArtJennifer Granick, ACLU surveillance and cybersecurity counsel; Kieran Snyder, Co-Founder and CEO, Textio; and more.

STEP 4:

Nominee Announcement 

The 26th Annual Webby Nominees will be announced in April 2022. All entrants will be notified via email about their standing in this year’s Webby Awards. Nominees will also be announced in The Webby Awards newsletter, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Keep up with us everywhere for updates and exclusives.

The Webby Nominee Announcement is also the start of The Webby People’s Voice Awards: a two-week voting period when millions of votes are cast from around the world for Webby Nominees. This is a period of massive exposure for your work and a chance to win one of two coveted Webby Awards in your category.

(Read more in our Webby People’s Voice Explainer.)

STEP 5:

Winner Announcement

The 26th Annual Webby Nominees will be announced April 2022. All Webby Nominees will be notified if they have won the Webby Award and/or the Webby People’s Voice Award in their category. Winners will also be announced in The Webby Awards newsletter, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Keep up with us everywhere for updates and exclusives about Special Achievement honorees, host updates, and more.

STEP 6:

Celebrate Your Achievement

This is obviously cause for huge celebration. To be a Webby Winner is to be internationally recognized as the best of the Internet, and to receive what The New York Times calls “The Internet’s highest honor.”

Here are a few things to do now:

1. Start spreading the news: Winning a Webby Award is a big deal, so you’ll want to make the most of it. Don’t worry. We will have a ton of resources to help you take advantage of this opportunity when the time comes.

2. Start working on your Webby 5-Word Speech: the hallmark of every Webby Awards show, this is your chance to declare your passion for your project in only five words. Get acquainted with past 5-Word Speeches.

3. And get excited for the big show by watching some of last year’s highlights.


 

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