Happy news! Atlas Obscura – which I praised in a previous blog post – has won a Webby Award for best travel site. To be exact, on April 24, 2018, they received the 2018 Webby People’s Voice Award in the Travel Site category. This means that the Atlas Obscura team has got the connections between the style and content of their site, and the style and interests of their users, perfectly correct. To quote the reaction of one fan to the announcement: “Atlas Obscura is a small figment of class in a world flooded with clickbait garbage.” They were up against sites like Lonely Planet and National Geographic, a multi-year Webby winner, so this is no small achievement. Congratulations everyone at Atlas Obscura. It’s heartening to see good work receiving recognition. Keep on keeping on, people.
The Webbys are like the Oscars for the Internet. The 22nd Annual Webby Awards (2018) received more than 13,000 entries from nearly all 50 states in the U.S.A., and 70 countries worldwide. Webby winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), that also presents the sweetly named Lovie Awards honouring the European Internet community. The online public chooses the Webby People’s Voice Winners by casting ballots for their favourite nominees during the annual voting period. Website winners are selected for recognition based on “overall experience,” as well as excellence in content, structure and navigation, visual design, overall experience, functionality and interactivity.