Online awards competitions — some observations

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WebAward Alpine Windsor
Alpine Construction (Windsor) Ltd. won the 2014 WebAwards in the construction category. The company's web designer paid a $US 250 fee to enter the competition.
WebAward Alpine Windsor
Alpine Construction (Windsor) Ltd. won the 2014 WebAwards in the construction category. The company’s web designer paid a $US 250 fee to enter the competition.

As we await the final input from the judges in the 2015 Best Construction Blog competition, and nominations arrive for the first AEC Social Media Marketing Competition, I checked around to see if there are other competitions that may be relevant to AEC marketers, and discovered the The WebAwards Competition, offering international recognition for the best website in a diversity of categories, including construction.

WebAwards
You can order plaques and certificates if you win — for an extra fee

There are two big differences between this competition and those associated with this site — WebAwards charges a fee — $250 — to enter, and you have the opportunity to pay more for plaques and other recognition tools if you win ($30 for a Certificate of Achievement and $195 for a plaque.)

The contest organizers say:

The entry fee serves two purposes. First and foremost, it supports the operation and marketing of the annual WebAward Competition. Second, it creates a barrier to entry for many sites that simply do not belong in an award competition of this caliber. Our expert judges volunteer their time and cannot review sites just looking for a free icon. We are truly dedicated to judging and help promote the best of the web!

The fee may indeed be worth the money — I think as a rule award recognitions have value. I’ll leave that to your judgement. Deadline for entry in this year’s WebAwards competition is May 29, though you can still enter late with an additional $50 fee.

The site says the winning entry for 2014 in the Construction category was Alpine Construction (Windsor) Inc. in Ontario, designed by Carrabino Inc.

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