Born Digital Wine Awards by Wine in Moderation - Final round of judging now underway: Shortlists to be released on 10th October

The 2017 edition of the Born Digital Wine Awards was the most successful to date and judges are thrilled with the exceptional quality of this year’s entries.


Over 310 entries were submitted to the BDWAbyWIM arriving from all corners of the globe including Australia, China, India, Brazil, Canada, USA, France, UK, Italy, Germany, Finland, Spain, Greece, Switzerland and Portugal.
The most popular category this year was the editorial / opinion writing, sponsored by leading producer Moët Hennessy, with 61 entries making it through to the semi-finals. Tourism was the second-most popular category with 32 entries through to the final round whilst the investigative category saw 28 entries into the last stage. Responsible communication is a fundamental element of the awards and all entries must adhere to principles set out by Wine in Moderation, the competition’s main sponsor, which also dedicates a prize to the submitted entry from any category that expresses and addresses the issue of responsible consumption of wine.


With the exceptional quality in this year’s entries, judges have a harder choice than ever facing them in coming weeks. As Richard Siddle, chair of the awards, said, “To win an award in the BDWAbyWIM is going to be even harder than usual this year. There is no doubt the competition is tougher and the benchmark has gone up as more writers, bloggers, vloggers, photographers and film makers compete for their share of voice and find ever more creative ways to connect and find their own audience. What's more the BDWAbyWIM have become even more international, attracting high quality entries from all the world so to stand out and be rewarded as a BDWAbyWIM finalist or winner will truly be a global achievement"


The BDWAbyWIM accept material in seven languages. With Greek being included for the first time this year, this is the only competition that highlights and compares the diverse range of quality journalism from around the globe in a number of categories. The panel of international judges is now hard at work judging the entries that were accepted into the semi-finals. Richard is joined by senior judges Ted Lelekas and Erin McCoy as well as guest judges for 2017 including Brazilian wine critic Marcelo Copello and Swedish wine writer and cartoonist Ulf Jannsen. Carrie Patsalis, award-winning videographer will once again be the expert judge for the video and photo categories and last year’s category winners W. Blake Gray, Felicity Carter, Colin Hampden-White and Amanda Barnes will assess entries in their respective fields.


BDWAbyWIM is supported by some of the industry’s leading organisations such as Bodegas de Argentina, Federación Española del Vino, Wines of Greece, Vin et Societé and the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers which were all actively involved in the promotion of the awards to leading media in their respective countries.


Short-lists for each category will be released on 10th October across the Born Digital Wine Awards and Wine in Moderation social media channels whilst winners will be announced in November via an online awards ceremony.


Follow BDWAbyWIM on:

Twitter: @borndigitalwine

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BornDigitalWineAwards

For further information on the Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation, please contact:


Born Digital Wine Awards

Ryan Opaz & Faye Cardwell

ryan@borndigitalwineawards.com / faye@borndigitalwineawards.com

+49 1744707496 (Faye Cardwell, Awards Coordinator)


Wine in Moderation

Stylianos Filopoulos & Nadia Frittella

styl@wineinmoderation.eu / nadia@wineinmoderation.eu

+32 (0)2 230 99 70


* The WiM Association is the international not for profit association founded by wine sector associations and leading wine companies, that centrally coordinates the Wine in Moderation programme and expands its reach and impact throughout the world.

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