PRESS RELEASE: 2016 ‘Born Digital’ Shortlist Announced


The Shortlist for the 2016 Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation (#BDWAbyWIM) is announced today.

The awards, now in their fourth edition, were relaunched in 2015 with the support of the Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre programme in order to highlight the best content about wine being published online today. The winners will be announced at an online ceremony on 24th November.

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This year saw a 20% increase in the number of entries, and the shortlist was drawn from 267 submissions from 22 countries, with numerous entries not just from the USA and UK, but Italy, Spain, Brazil and Australia, but also including posts, photos and videos for international audiences coming from Hungary, India, Turkey and Finland. These submissions were received in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and split into the awards’ original four categories plus the new Photo competition:

  • Best Investigative / Journalistic Wine Story
  • Best Editorial / Opinion Wine Writing
  • Best Tourism Content with a Wine Focus
  • Best Wine Themed Video
  • Best Wine Photo on the Theme of “Celebrating Wine Culture”

In addition to these categories, Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre will be recognising the entry that best demonstrates the awards’ message of Responsibility & Moderation with the 2016 ‘Responsibility Award’.

The Awards’ judges were briefed to review the submissions 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 all, 92 entries went forward to the final stage, where the judges scored each of them on multiple criteria in order to create a representative list of the best entries which will act as a reference for other creators, and from which the winners will be selected.

The 2016 shortlist includes some internationally recognised individuals but also new names from the USA, UK, Italy, France, Spain and 10 other countries around the world.

The BDWAbyWIM 2016 winners will be announced in an online ceremony with a live Q&A on November 24th 2016 at 19:00 (GMT). Winners will receive cash prizes of €500 for first, €250 for second, and €100 for third place.

Said Stylianos Filopoulos, director of Wine in Moderation-Art de Vivre: “We are very pleased to support the Born Digital Wine Awards as we believe they play a very important part in recognising good wine writing around the world and enriching the dialogue for a sustainable wine culture. In particular, it is a great way to share our values about responsibility and moderation with a global wine-loving audience.

Awards co-founder Robert McIntosh commented: “We were delighted with the increase in submissions for the awards this year, and also very happy to see they are established as being truly international. We have had such overwhelming support from organisations across the world to help promote these awards to their members and in their countries, for which we are very grateful.

The organisers and sponsors are thankful for the support of organisations across the world for promoting the awards and supporting our work amongst their memberships and countries.

FIJEV, the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers, have encouraged professional participation from across the world, with Ted Lelekas, Vice President of FIJEV, also joining the BDWAbyWIM Judging Panel.

In addition, numerous national wine bodies have been most generous with their time and support. These were the Federación Española del Vino (Spain), Bodegas de Argentina (Argentina), Unione Italiana Vini (Italy) and Vin & Société (France).

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