Opening the door for restaurants to compete for one of the most coveted honor in online media, The Webby Awards today kicked off its annual call for entries with 35 new categories -- more than doubling the number of awards it will bestow.
Starting today, restaurant web sites from around the world can get in the running for a Ninth Annual Webby Awards nomination. For nearly a decade, The Webby Awards have been recognized as the leading international honors for web sites.
"Over the years, we kept hearing from restaurant owners who wanted the chance to compete in The Webby Awards," said Tiffany Shlain, founder and creative director of the Webby Awards. "Since the web is now so integrated into business and everyday life, our new categories paint a more complete picture of life online today."
According to Shlain, sites can now be submitted in 65 categories. The 35 new additions include industry-specific categories like Restaurant, Automotive, Beauty & Cosmetics, Employment, Retail, Real Estate and Investor Relations, as well as consumer interest categories like Blog, Celebrity/Fan Site and Social Networking.
The Webby Awards also announced the debut of five awards that all web sites can enter: Best Home Page, Best Navigation/Structure, Best Use of Sound, Best Use of Animation and Best Copy. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with over 500 members including musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.
Nominees will be announced in April 2005 and winners will be unveiled in May 2005. Winners will be honored at a VIP celebration in late spring of 2005. The Webby Awards will also continue its tradition of encouraging local celebrations of nominees and winners around the world via the Web.
For a chance to win the award, visit The Webby Awards at www.webbyawards.com for information, guidelines and an official online entry form. Web sites that enter before the early-bird deadline of October 29 will receive a discount on the entry fee. The final deadline for all entries is December 17, 2004.