awards categories & prizes

4462196282_1b539e9f7a_o1Each category will be judged separately, and nominations will be vetted before judging to ensure they are relevant. The intention is to showcase the very best in wine content online, and rewarding those who invest their time to create this content. This is not just a pat on the shoulder, it is an incentive to keep up the good work!

1st Prize

The 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category will also be awarded prizes:
  • 2nd Place = €250 + prizes determined by the category sponsor
  • 3rd Place = €100 + prizes determined by the category sponsor

If you are interested in sponsoring one of the categories or the awards process, please contact us for more details.

Best Investigative / Journalistic Wine Story

for a distinguished example of investigative or traditional journalistic reporting by an individual or team, presented as a single wine article or series (written text)

  • 1500 words or fewer
  • Must explore a single subject dealing with some aspect of the wine industry
  • Must include references to sources
  • Must try to be fair reporting striving for accuracy, fairness, and disclosure of all essential facts without bias
  • Value will be given to the BDWA “Quality Criteria” with an emphasis on Research

In summary: This category is to demonstrate that writers can use the online medium to explore interesting developments in the wine business to expand readers’ knowledge of the world of wine, the activities of companies and individuals, and the developments occurring around the world.

Entries in this category should report on developments and news in the world of wine. This is not an educational category, and therefore not intended for scholarly content but rather to keep readers informed of the changing events, issues, and characters in the world of wine in order to empower the informed.

Investigative pieces need to go beyond merely restating known facts in order to spread wine education, but research new information and go beyond textbooks and press releases to understand what is really happening. It will often take the form of “objective reporting” and may be technical information, business analysis, people profiles or trend analysis. This should be about a combination of primary research, analysis and original thinking.

Best Editorial / Opinion Wine Writing

for outstanding examples of wine writing, giving prime consideration to literary quality and originality (written text)

  • 1500 words or fewer
  • Exploring any aspect of the wine industry from a personal point of view
  • May include personal opinions
  • Value will be given to the BDWA “Quality Criteria” with an emphasis on Clarity of Message and Originality

In summary: This is probably the broadest category, covering any written piece about wine that expresses the writer’s point of view (or at least does not require objective reporting).

The goal is to highlight the more original, entertaining, thought-provoking, and generally interesting writing. This often takes the form of blog posts, but could also include other forms (such as poetry, haiku, etc.), and should help to make sense of the wide world of wine, and give new ways to inform and entertain wine consumers everywhere.

Best Tourism Content with a Focus on Wine

This is a broad category covering content intended to encourage readers to learn about, and explore, specific geographical locations, but where that content has a direct relationship with that region’s link to wine. This can cover travel, history or the local music, food, art and other cultural context  (written text, video)

  • 1500 words or fewer, 10 minutes or less if video
  • Exploring any aspect of tourism where this is linked to wine
  • May include personal opinions
  • Value will be given to the BDWA “Quality Criteria” with an emphasis on the Quality of Presentation

In summary: The entries in this category will not be judged so much on the format, but on their ability to communicate in an original, engaging and entertaining way about a location and its relationship with wine, thus hopefully motivating an audience to visit this location in future.

Generally speaking this will be about the quality of the message, the presentation of materials to bring the location to life via the web, and the use of the potential multi-media opportunities of the web. Judges will also be looking for the best ways to build a broader culture of wine by bringing together stories about travel, history, culture and geography with a wine theme, not just focusing on wine alone.

Best Wine Themed Video

Video content that educates, demonstrates, entertains or builds awareness for wine (video)

  • 10 minutes or less
  • Exploring any aspect of the wine industry in video format
  • May include personal opinions
  • Value will be given to the BDWA “Quality Criteria” with an emphasis on the Quality of Presentation

In summary: Video is a creative medium. It is not enough just to create content using moving images, but to use the potential of video to bring a wine story to life in a new way. This category aims to highlight the best use of video to deliver a message or story about wine, whether this is technical information and education, or entertainment and opinion.

The category is very broad, covering everything from documentary formats, to interactive experiences, animation, comedy, drama or simply video recordings of an event, however the judges will give most value to entries that present wine related stories in an original way and where the quality of the presentation, and therefore the clarity of the message, is high and there is a unique benefit to using video to deliver this particular message or story.

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  • Andrew Barrow

    oh lovely, plenty of opportunities for the written word and for video. That totally covers all things digital. Apart from photography. Super.

    • Matt Wilson

      Have to agree with Andrew here. No photography! Seems crazy to me. As a past BDWA winner for photography I assume it’s that my work was so good no one ever has a chance in the photography category again

      • szymanskiea

        I’d wonder if its absence has more to do with the Awards feeling unsure about judging the rhetoric of photography as a communication medium rather than photographic merit as an art form.

    • thirstforwine

      Andrew, as you know, we used to have a Photo Essay category so we have a clear idea of what we would LOVE to be able to do about this, but there was a LOT of work to do to get these awards back up and running in a short space of time this year, and we felt we couldn’t do all categories justice, so for 2015 we were unable to include it. It is our intention, if at all possible, to bring back a category that will allow photography to be included, either in the previous format, or maybe in some other way. Please trust us that we are not forgetting or ignoring anyone, we simply had to focus our efforts.