The Glittering Internet Prizes

Nominet have just announced that they are now accepting entries for The Nominet Internet Awards 2012. “These annual  awards recognise and raise awareness of UK businesses, charities, individuals and public and private sector organisations that are making a difference on, or through, the internet.” The deadline for entries is 12th April and the awards will be announced on 5th July.

There are 5 (colour coded!) categories:

  • Most innovative internet business
  • Online training and education
  • Protecting users from crimes or threats
  • Charitable or not-for-profit work online
  • Online public services & information

All the rules, regulations, entry details and previous winners appear on a dedicated section of their website. Entry is free but we couldn’t see what the prizes are although we noted that “all shortlisted entrants will receive three complimentary tickets to this prestigious event” (the awards ceremony)!

We shall not be entering ourselves, but if we could nominate to Nominet (!) a most worthy entrant in the Online public services & information  category, and as the overall winner (if they had one) it would be the Government Digital Service for their outstanding work at  If you agree then you could use the Nominet provided hashtag, #NIA2012 to encourage and support them on twitter!

The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) held their awards ceremony for the Future Formats award at the end of last month (on Channel 4). “The Future Formats Award was launched by the IAB in response to the acceleration in brand-based online display advertising. The award asked media owners and technology companies to showcase their new generation of ad formats with the aim that they will be adopted by the industry in 2012. This initiative, supported by the IPA whose members judged the entries, brings together key industry representatives from the marketing community.”

The finalists were:

  • Aol for Project Devil
  • Google DoubleClick for Page Move
  • Media Mind (powered by Microsoft) for Sidekick
  • Microsoft for Filmstrip
  • YouTube for Masthead
  • The Telegraph (powered by Google Doubleclick) for Cascade – overall winner

Here’s the winning entry – Cascade and one of the finalists  Page Move

This is IAB’s  review of all finalists.

Comprehensive details are in IAB’s press release which includes their video of all the entries.

We were slightly disappointed that the majority of the finalists, highlighting the next generation of ad formats, haven’t showcased their  entries more prominently, but what do we know!

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