The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) has today announced Finalists for the 4th Annual Lovie Awards, which include some of Europe’s most innovative websites and apps including Vice News, Tate, Mubi.com, VisitBritain and Qixxit, as well as some of the region’s smartest, most Web-focused brands and celebrities like Jamie Oliver, ASOS, Mercedes Benz and IKEA.
Hailed as “celebrating the best that Europe has to offer online” by The Next Web, The Lovie Awards honours the greatest in digital across Websites, Online Advertising, Internet Video, Social and Mobile & Apps. The Lovie Awards is the European sister of the global Webby Awards.
The public has a chance to weigh in on which of the Finalists will take home a People’s Lovie Award by casting their votes at www.peopleslovie.eu. Voting is open from now through Thursday, 9th October at 11:59PM GMT. Members of IADAS, the judging body of The Lovie Awards, include Stephen Fry, the “Father of Wi-Fi” Vic Hayes, Songkick Co-founder Michelle You, Founder of Buzzcar Robin Chase, Digital Director of the Nike Foundation Sophie Rouse, and Edu Pou, Head of Creative Innovation at Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam. All Winners will be announced on Tuesday 14th October.
"This year's Finalists really start to show the promise of Europe as a connected society where our social interactions help shape and enable so much of our daily life," said Nicolas Roope, Academy Chair for European IADAS members. "We are excited to share these outstanding works from across the region and see which ones the public will choose as Lovie Winners."
Notable finalists and trends include media companies Vice News, Vogue.es and Dazed Group, all competing in the Best Editorial category. Several media streaming services including BBC iPlayer, Soundcloud iOS, Mubi iOS, and Vimeo have been named Finalists in Mobile & Apps as well as Websites.
This year's Website Finalists continue to showcase the critical role the Internet plays in everything from commerce to arts and culture. Finalists include Snapshots of Provence, Last.fm, Swiss Air, Wired Italia, Dutch National Opera & Ballet, TripAdvisor, and Harvey Nichols.
In the Mobile category, apps and mobile web experiences currently captivating the European audience include Swiftkey Note, Beats Music, Google Nightwalk, Tate, Jump – London Bus Tracker, connected products like the Rubens House iBeacon App and the redesigned Soundcloud iOS, which received multiple nods from the Academy.
Internet Video Finalists in The Lovie Awards continue to illustrate Europe’s creative prowess. Finalists include First Kiss Parody from Vice Media, Girls Who Read in Viral Video for Roundhouse, Unreported World Shorts from Channel 4 in Documentary, and Jamie Oliver for Best Web Personality/Host.
Many of the Online Advertising Finalists received millions of social interactions, including Do It For Denmark (Robert/Boisen and Like-minded, Copenhagen), The Hornbach Hammer (Heimat, Berlin); Be a MAN (Volontaire, Stockholm); i-Remember (Werkstatt, Paris); Schiphol Destination Unknown (FHV BBDO, Amsterdam) and Audi’s "The Perfect Day" (Razorfish, Frankfurt).
Social Media continues to grow as brands and content creators innovate across various platforms. Finalists in Social include Downton Abbey, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Nattjouren for Stockholms Stadsmission, The Awesome Alliance for LEGO, IKEA PS 2014 and The Alzheimer’s Event.
Google is the premiere supporting sponsor of The 4th Annual Lovie Awards, joined by MailChimp and returning sponsor Media Monks.
All Winners will be celebrated at The 4th Annual Lovie Awards on 11 November 2014 at St Lukes LSO in London.
Highlights of The 4th Annual Lovie Awards Finalists include:
Best Writing – Editorial (Websites)
Best Design (Websites)
Snapshots of Provence
Dutch National Opera & Ballet
The Future Heads
How Sustainable is Your Smartphone (The Guardian)
Best HTML5 (Websites)
The Genealogy of Nike Free
World of SWISS
A Trip Out to Sea
Best Media Streaming (Websites)
Best User Experience (Mobile & Apps)
Google Night Walk
The Universal Typeface
Jump – London Bus Tracker
Best Documentary (Internet Video)
Fast Ice: Rescue from Antarctica
Warlords of Tripoli
Unreported World Shorts
Best Integrated Campaign (Online Advertising)
Do it for Denmark
BE a MAN
Best Visual Design (Mobile & Apps)
Music & Entertainment (Internet Video)
Bob Dylan ‘Like a Rolling Stone’
Brandy & Coke
Social Media Marketing (Online Advertising)
The Alzheimer’s Event
IKEA PS 2014
Xbox – Play like a legend
Overall Social Presence (Social)
Tesco Mobile #nojoke Tweets
Best Web Personality/Host
Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube
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