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Webby Awards Season Explainer

Thanks for participating in the 25th 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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  • April 20, 2021: Nominees Announced and People’s Voice Open 
  • May 18, 2021: 25th Annual Webby Awards




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.


Judging Process

Judging for the 25th Annual Webby Awards officially starts in Fall 2020.

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 and 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:

  • • Jill Scott, Singer and Artist
  • • Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon

  • • Nikole Hannah-Jones, Journalist and Creator, The 1619 Project
  • • Jesse Williams, Actor/Activist, Founder of BLeBRiTY
  • • Tiffany Rolfe, EVP and Chief Creative Officer, R/GA 
  • • Swizz Beatz, Rapper, DJ and Record Producer
  • • Wendy Clark, CEO, DDB Worldwide

  • • Linda Boff, CMO, GE
  • • Nick Law, VP, Apple

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

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).


Be Inspired

  • update to say join us at Overwrite, our event series.
  • Discover the best of the internet. check the gallery + index if you have an account. If not, you can sign up for one here.

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

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.

Join us at Overwrite, our virtual event series. This year, our focus is on how the global pandemic created an indispensable Internet, and ignited an urgency to build a better future. We’re bringing our event to companies, community members, and industry leaders virtually from October through January, and would love to meet your team. (Learn more and see our schedule)


Nominee Announcement 

The 25th Annual Webby Nominees will be announced in April 2021. 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.)


Winner Announcement

The 25th Annual Webby Nominees will be announced April 2021. 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.


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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