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article imageExcellence on the Internet: The International Webby Awards, 2009

By Nikki Weingartner     May 6, 2009 in Technology
Actors have their Oscar. Musicians, their Grammy. But did you know that webbers have their Webby? In its thirteenth year of celebration and honouring excellence on the Internet, the 2009 Webby Award winners have been announced.
In its thirteenth year of honours, the Webby Awards are a way of rewarding Internet excellence and achievement. Presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Science, comprised of over 500 web experts, the recent ceremony provided awards to individuals and sites in over 100 website categories such as activism, bill paying and even job searching sites.
From the weird to religion, winners were recognized for their sites.
In each category, there are two honours given. The first is the actual Webby, which is presented by the experts. The second is the People's Voice Award, where the actual users of the World Wide Web vote on who they deem as excellent.
With four entry types, including actual website, online films and even mobile, the awards expand beyond a simple site itself. Last year, the number of entries came from all fifty states and over sixty countries around the globe. This year, the winners included many popular sites as well as some unknown:
For best radio site and music: NPR (both the Webby and People's Voice).
For best politics: The Huffington Post won the Webby and FactCheck.org, the People's Voice.
For best newspaper: The Guardian received the Webby and the New York Times went away with the the voice.
For best news: BBC took both awards.
For best humor: The Onion and Fail Blog, respectively.
Other surprises included a non-Webby-win for HealthMD, but instead the Take Care Down There website received the honours.The New York Times walked away with several awards in different categories as well. And for best student website, my Alma Mater took the People's Voice.
Special awards were also given to:
Webby Artist of the Year: Trent Reznor
Webby Person of the Year: Jimmy Fallon
Webby Breakout of the Year: Twitter
Best Actress: Sarah Silverman
Outstanding Comedic Performance: Lisa Kudrow
Film & Video Person of the Year: Seth MacFarlane
These awards are typically presented at a Gala Awards Event and this year, it will be held early June in NYC in conjunction with Internet Week. So if you were wondering how your favourite site fared, visit the winners and nominations page in their respective category.
And don't forget to register for the upcoming NYC event in June, its Internet Week, open to anyone just like the Internet itself.
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