Judging In Progress
Winners Announced April 2017

RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE IN INTERACTIVE MEDIA PRODUCTION™

Entry Information


Categories

You may enter your work into one or more of the following categories. Each category entered requires the $55 entry fee and may win multiple awards if entered in multiple categories.

Web Sites

Advocacy / Non-Profit Projects will highlight all not-for-profit organizations, organizations who exist to advocate for a cause or social movement, a public awareness topic or political speech.

Bank / Finance Projects will highlight banking institutions, financial services, money managers, retirement planners, tax services, financial education, lending, etc.

Consumer Information The primary focus of a consumer information website is to tell a brand story, provide product or service information, interact with a brand, product or service, generate demand for a product or service and / or generate potential customer leads for the producer. Sites that promote online sales are entered in the E-commerce category.

Corporate & B2B Projects will highlight all non consumer focused websites by businesses who market their products and services to other businesses. The website’s purpose can be to display product information, describe services, provide general overview of a company, facilitate business processes, etc.

E-commerce / Shopping Projects will highlight the online shopping experience. Customers can be end-users or businesses. Projects will be evaluated on the effectiveness of the sales process (ease of use), technical merit, overall user interface, content development and aesthetics.

Entertainment Industry Projects will usually relate to either the entertainment industry such as: movies, television, theme parks, music, theaters, play houses, etc.

Experimental / New Technology Projects in this category are created for the exploration of the web medium. Sites often exhibit unortodox UI's or a fusion of technology not typically seen in more traditional web sites.

Games Projects include online games, social media games, custom applications that are game related, e-learning games, etc.

Government Agency Projects will include armed services, local, state or federal government departments and service groups, community service groups supported by governmental funding, etc.

Health / Human Services Projects include medical facilities (hospitals, doctors, dental, etc.), medical topics or issues of basic health awareness and education, medical industry products, pharmacy, mental health, fitness, general well being, etc.

Human Resources / Jobs Sites that relate to talent agencies, job searching, job boards, career coaching, job seeker resources, talent agencies, etc.

Legal Projects include law firm web sites or other legal related advocacy sites.

Magazine / News / Blog Projects involve support sites for printed publications, online magazines (e-zines), informational blogs, TV/Satellite News station websites, Online only news sites, industry publications and trade organization informational sites, user forums, etc.

Promotional Projects that are developed for strictly promotional value go in this category. Examples would include sites that are temporary or are used to launch a campaign or contest.

Responsive / Mobile Design Projects will be evaluated on “responsive” code design - sites that adapt to fit the experience of multiple platforms, resolutions, devices, etc. Mobile layouts that are contained in the same HTML/CSS framework as the overall site will be evaluated base on their ability to automatically adjust the experience to the user based on their specific device / resolution. Source code will be reviewed via the "view source" property of the browser.

Real Estate Projects will include: real estate search engines, realtor web sites, promotional sites for condominiums or time-shares, or any other site related to commercial or residential real estate.

Restaurant / Food Industry Projects will include: restaurant websites, consumer food services (catering), farms, food products (cooking / commercial equipment / machinery), online menus and ordering, brewing/winemaking, bars & pubs, confections companies (candy, cupcakes, cakes, sweets), grocery, etc.

School/University Projects will be produced or sponsored by schools K-12 grades, colleges, universities, charter schools, private schools etc. Student work can be entered provided that it is for public use (not class projects). Sites can promote services, enrollment, school issues, provide tools for students or be an overall marketing tool for the educational institution, etc.

Self Promotion/Portfolio Projects are generally for artists, web designers, marketing companies, pr companies, ad agencies, freelancers, photographers, musicians, etc. for the purpose of displaying their work. Other industries may enter this category provided the element to be evaluated is used for the self promotion of a company / service or subject and it is not limited to a “portfolio” of work.

Social Media Sites that contain a social media component that is central to the purpose of the site. In addition, Facebook or other social media platform business / promotional pages and identities are eligible in this category.

Software Sites that promote or offer software for sale, online software applications, tutorials for software applications, etc.

Sports Sites for professional or amateur sports teams, sports related equipment, businessess devoted to supporting a sporting event or sport in general, sports clubs and sporting activities.

Towns & Municipalities Projects will include websites for cities, towns, counties, etc. Sites can be the overall town or municipality website, a specific initiative or public awareness campaign, or any other project created by a city, town or municipality for the purpose of promoting services or community interaction. (e.g. The City of Chicago Parks & Recreation Website or the Town of Cutler Bay Florida Website)

Training / E-Learning Projects will be focused on web based training and / or certifications, continuing education, employee skills development, general consumer education, etc.

Travel & Tourism Projects that will promote travel and tourist destinations including: Resorts, Cruise Lines, Hotels, Air Travel, Bed & Breakfast, Automobile rental, railroad, bus lines, etc. Sites will also be overall town, city and/or county sites promoting tourism to specific destinations or region in general. Sites can also be dedicated to specific travel topics or shopping including: travel packages, private tours, luggage services, ground transportation, etc.

Mobile Apps

Business Apps that provide general business utilities will fall under this category. Items such as: store locators, shopping, product information, presentations, catalogs, extensions of website functionality, etc.

Education Apps designed for teaching, learning, training, etc.

Entertainment Apps designed for amusement or time wasting or related to the entertainment industry as a whole. Examples: ticket search, movie companions

Games Apps marketed as games. Examples, adventure, role playing, board games, text games, 3d, 2d, strategy, etc.

Magazine / News Apps that are designed to deliver traditional print content via mobile interface, subscription content, news headlines and stories, blogs, etc.

Retail / Shopping Any app designed for the online shopping experience or retail store . Apps will be evaluated on the basis of creativity, aesthetics and ease of use.

Utility A utility app provides a basic function and one basic function only. Examples would be: Currency converters, alarm clocks, calculators, levels, bar code readers, font readers, voice to text, photo editing, etc.



Video

Advertisement / Commercial Any length of Web based commercial can be entered in this category. Judges will look for creativity, uniqueness, memorability, technical execution, and communication of the brand/product or service. Entries must be viewable online rather than via broadcast master tape/file.

Instructional Web based instructional videos can be entered into this category. The will consist of training videos, product demonstrations, consumer education topics, product reviews, employee training, etc.

Motion Graphics / Effects Videos that contain a specific or overall graphical effect (such as a title sequence, 3d modeling, green screening, etc.) will be entered in this category. These projects are not primarily judged on the overall message and effectiveness of the video. Only the overall graphics and effects will be considered.

Promotional Promotional videos consist of projects that are produced for company introductions, demo reels, product demos and introductions, services education, consumer topics, etc.

Short Films / Documentary Short films are less than feature film length and can be produced for entertainment purposes, experimental purposes, etc. Documentaries, video journalism and biographical films are also entered into this category. The videos do not have to be produced as a stand-alone work and can be contained within a web site project. A series can be entered as well if part of an overall website dedicated to a specific topic or genre.

Viral Video Videos that are produced for the purposes of spreading through social media, youtube, etc. Projects can be humorous, outrageous, serious, emotional, etc. but the overall purpose is to promote a product, service, social topic, etc through the use of creative and unique viral marketing.



Interactive

Kiosk / Museum / Public Exhibit Generally any interactive project that is created for touch screen kiosks, interactive displays, museum exhibits, or other large scale public display falls into this category of interactive work.

Print

Advertisement / Promotional Print ads or Promotional pieces that were developed for the purpose of appearing in a published print piece, targeted mailing, fliers or other promotional purpose are eligible for this category. Entries will be judged based on their aesthetics, clear communication of message, creativity, uniqueness, and “stopping power.”

Branding Campaign Consistency of branding materials across multiple types of print pieces will be judged on their creativity, aesthetics, uniqueness, consistency, integration from piece to piece, and overall communication of message. Logos, business cards, brochures, sales sheets, labels, packages, rack cards, fliers, posters etc. are all eligible for entry.

Brochures All types of brochures are eligible for this category. (Custom sizes, standard sizes, die-cuts, etc.) Entries will be judged on overall creativity, uniqueness, brand image, etc.

Posters All forms of posters are eligible for entry including (but not limited to): Events, concerts, theatre, festivals, campus organizations, product related, general advertisements, etc. Entries will be judged on their aesthetics, creativity, uniqueness and “stopping power.”



Email

Ecard Electronic greeting cards, email holiday cards, electronic thank you cards and other promotional related cards that are emailed are eligible for this category.

Newsletters Regular email communications in the form of subscription based newsletters are eligible for this category. Entries are evaluated on content presentation and design for desktop email clients and mobile email.

Promotion Email advertisements, coupons, special promotions and e-vites to special events are allowed in this category.



Online Advertising

Integrated Campaign Campaigns consist of multiple media relating to the overall ad campaign for a specific product, service or brand. Example: Print ad, email newsletter, online banner ad, social media site, tv commercial, etc. Project campaigns will be judged by their overall aesthetics, integration from element to element, creativity and memorability.

Online Ads All types of banner ads, either animation based or static, are eligible including: graphical banners, rich media ads, campaigns that involve online fulfillment from print media, etc. Basically, anything that uses the internet or other interactive media in association with advertising and promotion fits in this category.

Deadline To Enter

2017 Competition - DECEMBER 15, 2017




Entry Fees

Each entry will require a $55 non-refundable entry fee. To increase your opportunities for recognition, you may enter a work in more than one category. Each additional category will require an additional $55 fee. All payments must be U.S. Currency.



Payment Options

You may send a company check or Mastercard, Visa or American Express.




How To Prepare Your Entry

Web Sites

Web sites can be submitted via publicly access URL, or through postal mail on flash drive or CD/DVD. URLs to be judged should be available from December 16, 2016 - April 1, 2017. If you are sending a website on flash drive or CD/DVD, You are required to use the online entry form to enter your project details, but choose "Shipping" as your viewing method. Please attach a copy of the receipt to the materials being sent via postal mail.

Advertising

Advertising entries can be emailed to entries@horizoninteractiveawards.com provided that they are in an image format (jpg, png, gif, etc.). You may also link to a web page that displays your materials (include link on the entry form). Integrated campaigns will include ads that span multiple venues (i.e. print, email, social media, online ads, etc.) Please submit all examples for consideration in this category.

Mobile Apps

If you are entering a mobile app, and it is freely available in the AppStore or Android Marketplace, please provide the link to where it may be downloaded. However if your app is NOT free, please provide a "Gifted" app and note that on your entry description. If it is not available in the app store, you may send it via postal mail on CD or flash drive. Screenshots may also be provided with a description of each screen so the judges can understand what the app does.

Video

The Preferred method for video entries is a public URL to a YouTube or Vimeo page.  However, video projects can also be sent by mail on the following formats: DVD / CD (Quicktime (mov / h264), Windows Media, FLV).

Print

Please send 1 hard copy of your entry (brochure, print ad, poster) or all items in your branding campaign (business card, letterhead, envelope, brochure, etc.) to our mailing address. Please attach or group with your entry receipt to allow proper filing for the judging panel.

Interactive / Kiosk

Public Interactive Displays and Kiosks can be submitted with the use of a video presentation depicting the various elements of the display. Please provide a link to either a YouTube / Vimeo video and/or website case study for evaluation by the judging panel.

Mailing Your Materials?

If you need to mail your materials to us, please use the following address. You will still be required to use our online entry process but you will select "Shipping" as the method of delivery on the entry form.

Postal / Express Mail

Horizon Interactive Awards
6160 Kerf Ln.
Noblesville, IN 46062
USA
 




Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline to enter?
Deadline to enter the 2016 Competition is December 16, 2016

What is the project eligibility time period for entry?
Works entered must have been produced in the last 2 years OR have never been entered in the competition previously.

Can I submit an online demo or video demo of a project?
Yes. Often times video demos of interactive kiosks, mobile apps, etc are a better presentation of the work for the judging panel.

How are entries judged?
The process of judging the various entries is somewhat unique to our competition. We blend a volunteer panel of your peers with an "end user" focus group to determine the winners of the competition. The International panel of professionals come from various backgrounds in the interactive and advertising industries. Please see the judging section to review a sampling of past judging panels.

Do all entries win?
No. Each award level has a limited number of entries that will be recognized. This limit is left to the discretion of both the user panel and the judging panel. Each category may have different numbers of winners based on the level of competition for that particular category. However, Gold winners are often limited to the top 10% in each category and there is only 1 "Best of Category" winner and 1 "Best of Show" winner - the Horizon Interactive Awards highest honor.

Is there a fee to enter?
Yes. Each entry requires a $55 entry fee per category entered. A work may be entered in multiple categories and thus may be eligible to win in multiple categories.

What do our entry fees pay for?
Entry fees are primarily used to promote the Horizon Interactive Awards competition and in-turn your work. Judges are not paid for their involvement in the competition. In addition, every winner recieves a complimentary winners certificate that is matted and ready for framing. (they're really quite nice!) - Entry fees are non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the judging.

Is my entry information kept confidential?
Absolutely. All aspects of the competition are bound by a confidentiality agreement. All materials submitted to the competition will never be shared with a third party who has not agreed to be bound by the confidentiality rules of the competition. Entry materials cannot be returned and are destroyed following the conclusion of the competition.

When are winners announced?
Generally winners are announced by April 1, 2017.  Winners receive an email notification as well as Postal mail.

What is your express mail address?
Please send all priority packages to: Horizon Interactive Awards, 6160 Kerf Ln., Noblesville, IN 46062

Can I group several "like" projects into 1 entry?
Yes and No. Generally, a project is considered a single entry. However, In the past, there have been entries that may not make the cut on their own merits but, when considered as an overall idea or concept, were worthy of being recognized with an award distinction. For example, a single banner ad may not rise to the level of an award distinction. However, when considered in the broader context of an integrated campaign across multiple media, the effectiveness and level of integration becomes an award-worthy project. Should you have questions about how to group like projects into a single entry, please contact us.