BDWAbyWIM 2016 increases submissions
The total number of submissions to the Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation, increased by around 20% this year to 267 entries overall and these came from 22 different countries.
It is great to see these young awards grow each year, and reach first-time participants in new countries to encourage greater cooperation and exchange.
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 roughly evenly split between our 5 prize categories, with the “Best Editorial and Opinion Wine Writing” category proving the most popular, as in the past. However, there was also a great deal of interest in the new “Best Wine Photo on a theme of ‘Celebrating Wine Culture'”.
These submissions in all categories are currently being assessed in their original languages. Qualifying entries will then be translated, if necessary, and the final judging will begin in September, when our distinguished and experienced panel of judges will select a shortlist for each category, with winners to be announced in November.
Vrazon are extremely grateful again this year for the support of Wine in Moderation who have sponsored the awards as a way of encouraging a dynamic and responsible wine culture online that educates, informs and empowers consumers across the world. WIM 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 are also 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, and will also be supporting our judging, with Ted Lelekas, Vice President of FIJEV, joining the BDWAbyWIM Judging Panel.
In addition, numerous national and regional bodies have been most generous with their time and support. These were the Federación Española del Vino, Bodegas de Argentina, Unione Italiana Vini and Vin & Société.
More news on finalists, judges and sponsors will be published in September.