The 2016 edition of the Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation (BDWAbyWIM) recently closed submissions, receiving 267 entries 22 countries from across the world of wine; an increase of 20% compared to the 2015 edition.
English language submissions still dominated this year, with numerous entries not just from the USA and UK, but South Africa, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, but it also included posts and videos for international audiences coming from Russia, India, Turkey and Finland. However, 23% of the entries that are being taken forward to the next stage of judging were submitted in French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese.
Submissions were evenly split between the 5 prize categories, with the “Best Editorial and Opinion Wine Writing” category proving the most popular, as in the past. A great interest was also shown in the new “Best Wine Photo on a theme of ‘Celebrating Wine Culture'”.
A first round of assessments is currently being conducted in the submissions’ original languages.
Qualifying entries will then be translated, if necessary, and the final judging will begin in September. A distinguished and experienced panel of judges will then select a shortlist for each category, and winners will be announced in November.
With “Responsible consumption” as one of its main missions, Wine in Moderation will also be offering a Special Award this year for the submission that best represents the goals of ‘Responsible Communication’ that underpin the BDWAbyWIM programme.
The organisers were grateful to Wine in Moderation for sponsoring the awards once again, as a way of encouraging a dynamic and responsible wine culture online that educates, informs and empowers consumers across the world.
To reach this great number of submissions would not have been possible without the support of a number of organizations from across the world. Federación Española del Vino, Bodegas de Argentina, Unione Italiana Vini and Vin & Société, all members of Wine in Moderation, have further promoted and supported the work of the BDWAbyWIM amongst their membership and countries.
Furthermore, FIJEV, the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers, have also greatly encouraged professional participation, and will also be supporting judging, with Ted Lelekas, Vice President of FIJEV, joining the BDWAbyWIM Judging Panel.
Follow us closely for more news on finalists, judges and sponsors to be announced soon.