the Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the winners of its ninth annual WebAward Competition for Web site development. More than 2,100 sites from 33 countries were adjudicated in 95 industry categories during this year’s competition. Entries were judged on design, copy writing, innovation, content, interactivity, navigation, and use of technology. A complete list of the winning sites can be found at the WebAward Web site at www.WebAward.org
The 2005 Best of Show WebAward is presented to Atlanta -based IQ interactive, for their outstanding work on National Geographic – Inside The Mafia. The site was also awarded Best Entertainment WebAward. To generate interest and viewers for the show, IQ Interactive was challenged to create a web site as engaging and compelling as the show itself. With a click, mysterious and intriguing rich media banner ads drive viewers straight to the full screen immersive interactive experience. Targeting a lifestyle demographic called New Enthusiasts, this dark and stylistic micro site engages in an almost game-like way. This discovery based site allows viewers to explore the world of the mafia through a variety of avenues, from full original animation, to a variety of video compositions and much more. The goal being to use video in a way that hasn’t been used before.
Zugara was named Top Agency at the 2005 WebAward Competition, taking home 20 awards, more that any other organization in the history of the competition. The Top Agency Award given to recognize the consistently outstanding development going on at interactive firms. Zugara is headquarted in Los Angles and took home Best Music site for Red Bull Music Labs, 11 Outstanding and 8 Standard of Excellence WebAwards.
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all of the many judges who participated in this year’s WebAwards. Our judges are industry leaders who donate their valuable time and expertise to help set the standard for Internet excellence. It is an honor and a privilege to work with such an esteemed group of individuals, without whom the WebAward competition could not go on.
A special thanks also goes to all of the great sponsors of the 2005 WebAward Competition including BURST! Media, Oddcast, NewsUSA, O’Dwyer’s PR Daily, Small Army Creative Services, Burrelles Luce, Line 56 Media, Perseus Software and PRWeb. The Web Marketing Association thanks it sponsors for helping to make this annual competition possible.
For complete information regarding 2005 WebAward Competition winners, please go to www.WebAward.org