Welcome to the mutual back-slapping society of the Web. There's a dizzying variety of awards here; content awards, graphics awards, awards for service to specific interest groups, awards for awards--even one that gives awards only to awards with "cool" in their names. Even our editors have gotten into the act with their ability to "cool" directory sites. Each award has many sides to it. Users simply want to know if award site's winners list will have links worth visiting (surfers, please also visit related categories listed here). Webmasters want to know if an award is something to be proud of, if it's achievable for them, and if it will bring them more visitors. Award site owners want to increase their own status, traffic, and traffic to their sponsors, if any. Webmasters have many ways of approaching the submission process. There are automated services and software for the faint of heart and short of time, but the best way is to examine the awards (and a sampling of their winners) in detail, see if they meet your needs, and prepare a submission specifically for each award you desire. Don't chicken out on submitting for very selective awards; you can learn a lot by checklisting your site against their requirements, and you will also improve your submission skills. You will likely find that certain guides to awards are essential to making your time count. Whether you're a user or a webmaster, happy hunting!

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The Academy Of Fine Awards
Awards program with multiple levels. Includes detailed criteria, status tracking and a resource center.
Antique Collector Award
Award graphics for information-based sites. Full criteria listed and images may be personalized.
Recognizes website design and development with annual ceremonies. Includes an introduction to the judges and a design and development directory.
The Butterfly Site Award
Award graphic for well-designed family-safe sites with easy navigation.
Cloclo's Awards.
Multiple awards for general excellence based on minimal criteria and discretionary judging.
Diamond in the Patty Award
Recognition for sites that feature reviews. Minimal criteria includes requirement that sites be English language, created by non-professionals and maintain good layout.
Digital Magazine Awards
Annual competition. Includes categories, winners' gallery, blog and FAQs.
The Drivel Award
Awarded to sites that feature light-hearted content. No other posted criteria.
EOTL Awards
Four free awards that only require Webmaster notification.
Favourite Website Awards (FWA)
Program focused on cutting-edge technology and creativity. Applicants must feature original content.
Horizon Interactive Awards
Annual interactive awards competition that recognizes excellence in interactive media production which includes websites, cd-roms, DVDs, and webcasting.
Interactive Media Awards (IMA)
Recognizes excellence in web design and development. Provides a list of previous winners.
Triumph PC Webdesign Award
Monthly award based on overall aesthetic quality and design execution.
WebAward Competition
The Web Marketing Association's award for overall excellence. Entries are submitted by interactive agencies or marketing and e-commerce departments worldwide. Criteria, judges profiles, entry form and winners list.
Webby Awards
The leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet including Websites, interactive advertising and online film and video.
Win An Award
Eight awards offered for general excellence and specific categories. Includes basic criteria and submission form.

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