The winners of the 2015 Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation (#BDWAbyWIM), were announced Saturday, 24th October 2015, at the 2015 Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
The winners of the four categories are listed below:
Best Editorial / Opinion Wine Writing
WINNER Simon Woolf Cornelissen's way - making wine without sulphur
Second Wink Lorch The Three Wine Events That Won't Occur in 2015
Third Matt Walls Madeira quake
Best Investigative / Journalistic Wine Story
WINNER Erika Szymanski How to replicate a wine from 1500 year-old grape seeds
Second Alder Yarrow Do You Need to Worry About Arsenic in Your Wine?
Third Becca Yeamans-Irwin The Effects of Climate Change on The Global Wine Industry
Best Tourism Content with a Wine Focus
WINNER Alder Yarrow Austria: The Wine Lover's Dream Destination
Second Louise Hurren Swallow (or spit) and stroll: Languedoc wine walks
Third (equal) Pauline Versace Œnotourisme : escale à Marlborough en Nouvelle-Zélande
Third (equal) Sophie McLean Re-birth, Re-match, Re-think: Wines of Argentina
Best Wine Themed Video
WINNER Lisa Mattson Cab Wars: The Fruit Strikes Back
Second François Desperriers Pommard, le Temps Vigneron
Third Helena Nicklin Winebird's VINALOGY: Tempranillo
The BDWAbyWIM 2015 winners receive cash prizes with €500 being awarded to the winners, €250 for second places and €100 for third place. All these winners will also receive tickets to the DWCC 2016.
About the BDWAbyWIM
The awards, now in their third edition, were relaunched in 2015 with the support of the Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre campaign in order to highlight the best content about wine being published online today.
The awards received a grand total of 227 submissions from 19 countries, including Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Serbia and Turkey. These submissions were received in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese and split into four categories. 118 entries made it to the final stage, where judges scored each of them on multiple criteria in order to create the shortlist of 30 entries.
The BDWAbyWIM judges* were selected from the wine industry and briefed to compare writing and video content from across the world to find new voices and sources of wine stories, as well as stories that made responsible use and took positive advantage of the digital medium in some way.
Said Stylianos Filopoulos, director of Wine in Moderation-Art de Vivre: “We offer our hearty congratulations to the four winners for their outstanding work, but also to the creators of the 30 short-listed entries: thanks to your combined efforts, wine culture and its appreciation is being communicated in a wider, more diverse and responsible way.”
Awards co-founder Robert McIntosh commented: “By identifying these outstanding examples of online wine communication, we hope to create a ready list of content that can be a benchmark that both educates and inspires communicators around the world.”
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