The 6th annual Digital Publishing Awards are now closed for submission, save for two special awards—the Digital Publishing Leadership Award and the Emerging Excellence Award.
The Digital Publishing Leadership Award recognizes and celebrates an individual who has made significant contributions to the industry. Writers, visual creators, designers, developers, publishers, and other digital publishing professionals are all eligible, as long as they have demonstrated leadership, inspiration, creativity, and achievement. Nominations should come from three or more colleagues (here are the full nomination requirements). Last year’s winner was Dmitry Beniaminov—check out his acceptance speech here. Prior to that, the award has gone to Kathy Vey, Brodie Fenlon, and Kenny Yum.
Young professionals working in the digital field, who have demonstrated exceptional craft and promise, can be put forth for the Emerging Excellence Award. Nominations for this award should come from one or more colleagues or mentors. Previous winners include Jane Lytvynenko, Sofia Misenheimer, Elizabeth Melito, and Nael Shiab.
Missed the Early Bird deadline? Fear not: you can still enter the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards, up until January 29, 2021 at midnight (EST). Categories range from Best Virtual Event to Best Arts and Culture Storytelling, representing the diverse range of work produced by Canadian creators. Freelancers will also want to take note of our Freelancer Support Fund, allowing independent writers and creators to submit two entries for the price of one.
Check out the full 25 category lineup, what’s new for 2021, and then start the submission process by visiting our online portal! Simply enter the details of your entry and pay the fee. Then, be sure to give us a follow on Twitter (we’re @DPAwards)—that’s where we’ll be announcing the nominees this spring.
Submissions for the 6th annual Digital Publishing Awards are now open! Canadian creators and publishers are eligible to submit digitally published content across 25 categories this year, including one new category—Best Virtual Event. Gold winners in individual creator categories will receive a $500 cash prize.
For this cross-programming initiative, all entries will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and winners will be announced across all three programs. For more information, please see our rules.
Freelancer Support Fund
Our Freelancer Support Fund allows independent writers, designers, videographers, podcasters, photographers and illustrators to buy one entry and get one free. Please note that the Fund applies only to individual creator categories, which come with a cash prize of $500 for Gold winners.
Rules and Judging
Prior to submitting entries, please take a moment to review DPA Rules. Canadian digital publishers—including those that support established brands in consumer & B2B magazines, newspapers, broadcast and other journalism, as well as those that serve their audiences exclusively as digital brands—are eligible to participate in the DPAs.
Interested in reviewing judging procedures? Learn more about our DPA Judging Process here.
Submissions and Deadlines
The DPA submissions process is completely digital—visit TK to enter. To save on entry fees, get your entries in by the early bird deadline of January 22, 2021. The final deadline for submissions is January 29, 2021 at midnight EST.
The deadline to nominate someone for the Emerging Excellence Award or the Digital Publishing Leadership Award is March 2, 2021. (Submissions made from January 30 onward should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
To keep up with what’s going on, follow the Digital Publishing Awards on Twitter and Facebook.
The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to announce the lineup of categories for the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards. Our program for 2021 features 24 categories, including expanding the Best Podcast award into two separate categories and introducing a new category, Best Virtual Event, to better reflect the content being produced by the industry.
We’re also pleased to introduce a new, cross-programming initiative. For the categories highlighted below, we welcome the work of National Magazine Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B participants, in addition to Digital Publishing Awards participants. Entries in each category will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and winners will be announced across all three programs. Here’s the full lineup:
Best Digital Editorial Package
Best News Coverage (Community Publication)
Best News Coverage
Best Feature Article
Best Feature Article: Short
Best Feature Article: Long
Best Personal Essay
Best Arts & Culture Storytelling
Best Science & Technology Storytelling
Best Service Feature
Best Online Video: Short
Best Online Video: Feature
Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
Best Podcast: News & Politics
Best Podcast: Arts & Culture
Best Digital Design
Best Photo Storytelling
Best Social Storytelling
Best Editorial Newsletter
Innovation in Digital Storytelling
Best Virtual Event
Emerging Excellence Award
Digital Publishing Leadership Award
General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Small, Medium, and Large Publications
If you’re interested in submitting to the 2021 DPAs, please note that the call for entries opens on December 22, 2020 and closes on January 29, 2021. To save on fees, get your entries in by the early bird deadline of January 22, 2021.
Our Freelancer Support Fund will be available once again this year, ensuring that the Digital Publishing Awards recognize the best work from a broad range of Canadian creators.
The National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) is thrilled to present the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards nominees. The Digital Publishing Awards—now in its fifth year—recognize and promote the excellent work of Canadian digital publications and creators.
After receiving hundreds of submissions from 150 various publications, our panel of 75 dedicated volunteer judges have arrived at the 2020 nominees. These nominations are the result of a collaborative and rigorous judging process, made possible by the hard work of our esteemed jury members.
The emerging excellence award—which honours an individual whose early work in Canadian digital publishing demonstrates the utmost degree of craft and promise—nominees for 2020 are: Jane Gerster (Global News), Jane Lytvynenko (BuzzFeed Canada), and Lakshine Sathiyanathan (CBC Radio).
Each nominee has made an impact on their respective organizations through commitment to outstanding digital journalism. Learn more about their nominations.
GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS
The General Excellence awards recognize the publications that maximize the possibilities of digital publishing; these are the publications that succeed in fulfilling their editorial mandate and represent the highest of journalistic standards. These awards are presented in three divisions: small, medium, and large.
“Undeniable: Canada’s Changing Climate” (The Toronto Star): Best Digital Editorial Package (Staff & Contributors) and Best Digital Design (Cameron Tulk, Nathan Pilla, Mckenna Deighton, Andres Plana and Fadi Yaacoub)
“Uncover: The Village” (CBC Podcasts): Best Podcast (Justin Ling, Jennifer Fowler, Erin Byrnes, Cesil Fernandes, Mitchell Stuart, Sarah Claydon, Christopher Oke) and Best Social Storytelling (Sarah Claydon, Evan Aagard)
“Thunder Bay” (The Globe and Mail): Best Digital Editorial Package (Staff & Contributors) and Best News Coverage (Staff & Contributors)
“Paving a New Road for Rap” (The Globe and Mail): Best Arts & Culture Storytelling (Michelle Siu) and Best Photo Storytelling (Michelle Siu, Jeremy Agius, Melissa Tait and Theresa Suzuki)
“Are you a distracted driver? Probably. Here’s why” (The Globe and Mail): Best Science and Technology Storytelling (Oliver Moore, Laura Blenkinsop and Christopher Manza) and Innovation in Digital Storytelling (Laura Blenkinsop and Christopher Manza)
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Award sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation Prix commandité par la Fondation Reader’s Digest
A pioneer, a godsend, a Google Guy—a clear leader in the field of Canadian digital publishing whose creativity and dedication is inspiring. For this, the National Media Awards Foundation is proud to present Dmitry Beniaminov with the prestigious 2020 Digital Publishing Leadership Award. [Read more]
While we are looking forward to congratulating the winners of the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards, unfortunately due to COVID-19, there will not be an in-person awards luncheon this year. We invite members of the digital publishing community to take this brief survey to help us find an alternate solution.
The National Media Awards Foundation is incredibly grateful for the support of: Government of Canada,the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Creates, Reader’s Digest Foundation, and KCK Global. We are also thankful for the support of Cision, Magazines Canada, PUSH Media, Very Good Studios and Vividata.
Our sincerest thanks to this year’s judges, who graciously volunteered their time and expertise, evaluating the hundreds of entries submitted to this year’s competition.
For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Barbara Gould, Executive Director, at email@example.com.