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The awards seek to celebrate excellence, share best practice and encourage those serving God online.

Find out who won the 2017 awards.

 

2017 Awards

On Saturday 4th November we celebrated the best in Christian digital endeavour at the Premier Digital Awards 2017

The finalists are testimony to the great creativity and passion within the Christian community. To see the shortlist click here and to find out who won click here.

Don't miss out on entering or attending the 2018 awards by entering your email address at the bottom of this page.

Below is a selection of photos from the night.

Categories

Blog Section

Website Section

Best Christian Organisation Website

For Christian organisations (business, charity, group) with a website that clearly communicates their message and engages their audience.

Best New or Redesigned Website

Open to all websites launched or redesigned since 1st September 2016. This award recognises websites that by design, content and purpose have added something new and fresh to the Christian web.

Most Engaging Large Church Website

For churches with congregations of more than 150, this award celebrates large church websites that engage Christians and seekers alike and present the local church in a clear and attractive manner.

Most Engaging Small Church Website

For churches with congregations of 150 or less, this award celebrates small church websites that engage Christians and seekers alike and present the local church in a clear and attractive manner.

Accessibility Award

Open to all websites relevant to the Christian community, whether disability focused or not. This Award recognises websites that have made an exemplary commitment to accessibility.

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Digital Media Section

Best Use of Digital Media in Youth Work

For individuals or groups who have used digital media (audio, video, interactive media, games, micro-blogging) in an innovative way to engage young people online.

Best Online Campaign

This award recognises creative digital campaigns that seek to improve society, achieve change or promote awareness of important issues.

Tweeter of the Year

Open to all Christian tweeters, regardless of number of followers, this award recognises those who engage their audience and generally make Twitter a better place to be in 140 characters or less.

App of the Year

This Award recognises a Christian individual, project or organisation that has produced a truly useful and effective mobile/tablet app.

People's Choice Award

For any Christian website, social media account or app that has made an impression on the public and deserves to be rewarded. Chosen by visitors to the Premier Digital Awards website.

Best use of Video

This award is for those that have created a video that clearly communicates the Christian message in a relevant way over the past year. The video can be aimed at either Christians or non-Christians.

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Blogger of the Year

Open to all bloggers in the Christian community, this award celebrates bloggers who have published the most engaging, insightful and well-presented content over the past year.

Young Blogger of the Year

For anyone 25 or under on the 1st May 2017, this award celebrates young bloggers who have published the most engaging, insightful and well presented content over the past year.

Vlogger of the Year

A new category for those with a credible, sustained vlogging presence that engages and serves its audience.

Multi-author Blog of the Year

This award recognises blog-sites that features the highest quality content draw from a breadth of well-informed contributors presented with clarity of design and purpose.

Up-and-coming Award

This award is open to anyone who has been blogging about their faith or the Christian community for less than one year as of 1st May 2017. It is recognises bloggers who have brought a truly fresh and credible voice to the Christian blogging world.

Most Inspiring Leadership Blog

Open to all Christian leaders (not exclusively Church leaders) who blog about their experiences and inspire others.

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FAQs

How do you enter the Premier Digital Awards?

Simply head on over to this entry form, it takes 2 minutes to enter.

When do entries close?

Midnight on 27th August 2016.

Who is eligible to enter the awards?

The awards are open to UK residents only.

Can I nominate myself?

You can, about 40% of entries are self-nominations

Can I nominate someone else?

You can, about 60% of entries are nominations of other peoples sites, accounts, apps etc. 

What happens after I enter or nominate?

Once entries are closed, all entries go through a short listing process to ensure eligiblity and correct categorisation. A selected shortlist of the best is then passed to the judging panel. 

When will the shortlist be announced?

In the middle of October. Those on the shortlist will be contacted directly if they entered themselves, or through the contact details we find on their website or Twitter account. If you are on the list and don't here from us please get in contact. 

How are the awards judged?

Each year a panel of judges independently score the sites on the shortlist according to a selection of general criteria and then specific criteria for each category. These scores are aggregated to find a winner and runner up in each category. 

How do you pick the judges?

Judges are picked to represent a selection of skills, backgrounds and perspectives. The judging panel is refreshed each year. 

When is the awards ceremony?

The evening of Saturday 4th November 2017 at The Brewery in the City of London. If you book a ticket to attend the dinner, you will be refunded if you are invited as a finalist.

What can I win?

A great looking trophy, certificate, digital trophy for your site, free entry to the Premier Digital Conference and Awards dinner along with a great prize like a digital camera or tablet computer.

Do I have to be a Christian to enter the awards?

No, but your entry must have relevance to the Christian community and a Christian ethos. 

Do you vet the theology of entries?

The Premier Digital Awards is for the Church with a capital 'C', and so we encourage entries from across the breadth of the Christian community. One of the joys of the Awards is the sheer diversity of Christian witness on display, from nuns to Christian goths, reformed to pentecostal, liberal to conservative.

Can I sponsor the awards or parts of it?

Can I get some feedback on my entry?

Sadly not, the vast number of entries (over 1000 each year) means we cannot provide feedback on any entries. 

Why do an Awards Ceremony?

Sometimes people ask if awards ceremonies are elitist, or perhaps feed a celebrity culture in the Church. Premier started these awards in 2007 in order to a) encourage those who otherwise would not get recognition for their work as they often work 'behind the scenes' and b) to share best practice so that the church is better able to communicate the good news in a digital age. But we should judge a tree by its fruit; from these awards we see hard work and excellence recognised, people encouraged, best practice reinforced and shared across the church. The effect on the churches, bloggers, mission agencies and other organisations that have made the finals over the years has been fed back to us as supremely positive in helping their mission.

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Meet the Judges

Each year our judges are chosen because of their experience and expertise with digital media. They represent a range of disciplines and backgrounds and we are grateful for the commitment and enthusiasm they bring to these Awards.

Tanya Marlow

Tanya Marlow is author of Those Who Wait: Finding God in Disappointment, Doubt and Delay (2017) and more. Formerly a lecturer in Biblical Theology, she’s now a blogger at tanyamarlow.com, broadcaster, and campaigner for those with disabilities and chronic illness. Twitter was a lifeline at a time when she was cut off from the world, so she's a strong advocate of putting the 'social' into social media. She lives in Devon with her vicar-husband and wild son, where she spends much of her time impersonating Famous Five characters.

@tanya_marlow

Pete Phillips

Revd Dr Pete Phillips is Director of CODEC, a research centre at Durham University exploring Digital Theology, Digital Discipleship, and Preaching and the Imagination. A Methodist minister, Pete teaches New Testament at Cranmer Hall, Durham as well as supervising research students and projects. 

@pmphillips

Bex Lewis

Bex Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing for the Manchester Metropolitan University. Apart from being a published author (Raising Children in a Digital Age 2014) Bex runs a digital consultancy (Digital Fingerprint), launched the Big Bible website and has a PhD in the area of wartime propaganda.

@drbexl

Katrina Douglas

Katrina is a Chartered Marketer, manager and the co-founder of Samevine, a web development company focused on providing high quality web solutions to the Christian community. Her successful blog, Musings of a Marketer, combines her professional marketing skills and Christian values to provide Marketing, Management and Motivational insights applicable to daily life.

@KDADouglas

Daniel Jones

Daniel is Stewardship’s Head of Business Development and is passionate about finding new and innovative ways to encourage and inspire Christians in their giving, and helping those who receive to do so with excellence. Prior to joining the team in 2007, Daniel helped to lead a small but growing, international development charity (Hand in Hand) for four years.  He still serves the charity in a trustee capacity, along with a number of other local community groups.

@dmjonesoir

Mike Townsend

An experimental eye operation at the age of eight caused Mike to become totally blind. He’s been involved over many years with Torch Trust, RNIB and Guide Dogs, he’s also the longest-serving deacon at his home church, Fleckney Baptist Church in the Midlands. Mike is the president of the British Computer Association of the Blind.

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