The Bookmarks Awards, which recognises and rewards excellence in digital, is ready for entries. The deadline for submissions is 15 September, and the shortlist will be announced on 24 October.
Entries are judged across multiple categories within four clusters:
Core Awards: The focus is on the external user experience. This category awards excellence in the production of, and results attained by, digital work. This includes websites, microsites, mobisites, advertising, search, social media, apps and tools, games, video and audio, branded content and mixed media. R750 per entry.
Craft Awards: These reward excellence in digital execution – editorial; interface, design and navigation; graphic design, illustration and animation; music and sound design; and tech innovation. R500 per entry.
Individual & Team Awards: A chance to celebrate the people and teams that raise the bar across the spectrum: editorial, advertising, creative, media (planning and social marketing), search marketing, content and intern/student. Free by nomination.
Special Honours: The highest accolades of the night go to the individuals and businesses that are leading the industry; including Best Agency, Best Publisher and Best Individual Contribution to Digital. R750 per entry.
“We have deliberately kept the entry fees low to ensure the awards are accessible to all. There’s a lot of fantastic work being done by smaller agencies, and we don’t want the cost to prevent these companies from competing,” says Nikki Cockcroft, chair of the Bookmarks.
“We have also seen great work from brands this year and many are not aware that the Bookmarks is also open to entries from brands. We’d like to encourage the digital teams in these companies to submit their amazing campaigns.”