The Born Digital Wine Awards is Now Officially Accepting Submissions

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International awards to recognize stellar examples of wine content published in electronic format in a multitude of languages is now open.

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The Born Digital Wine Awards (BDWA) is now accepting submissions through February 28, 2011! The awards, to be presented at the 2011 London International Wine Fair, will recognize writers and artists internationally for content that is created first in an electronic format. Judging of all works nominated for the awards will be carried out by a panel of leading wine industry professionals, including Jancis Robinson MW and Elin McCoy, author of The Emperor of Wine.

The Born Digital Wine Awards is different from other competitions in that the BDWA can accept submissions in any language, and works submitted in anything other than English will be translated by the awards committee into English.

"We are very excited to finally open the submission process for the Born Digital Wine Awards!" says Gabriella Opaz. "Having developed the awards from scratch, we have tried to be meticulous in both the design and function in order to make the event process as fair and open as possible, and encourage the broadest possible participation."

All content submitted for Born Digital Wine Awards nomination must have been already published in an electronic format, online and in a non-restricted (free) manner.

To learn how to submit work, or to help support the Born Digital Wine Awards, please go to their website:

The categories for the 2010 awards include:

Best Investigative Wine Writing: for a distinguished example of investigative reporting by an individual or team, presented as a single wine article or series (video, written text)

Best Editorial Wine Writing: for outstanding examples of wine writing, giving prime consideration to literary quality and originality

Best Wine Tourism Feature: Speaking about a particular region as a tourist destination with a focus on wine (written text, video)

Best Wine Themed Video: Video content that either educates, demonstrates or builds awareness for wine

Best Winery Self Produced Content: for outstanding examples of content created by wineries to promote their brand and reach out to key audiences (video, written text)

Members of the judging panel for the first edition will be:

Jancis Robinson –
Evan Schnittman - Bloomsbury Managing Director Group Sales and Marketing, Print and Digital
Patrick Schmitt – Editor, Drinks Business
Elin McCoy – Writer Bloomberg, author
Robert Joseph – Editor at Large Meininger's Wine Business International
Others to be announced in January 2011

About the Born Digital Wine Awards
Founded in 2010 by Robert McIntosh from The Wine Conversation ( and Ryan and Gabriella Opaz from Catavino (, the annual awards aims to recognize international works on wine originally submitted in electronic format.

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