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AOP Digital Publishing Awards 2020 – winners announced

The Association for Online Publishing (AOP) showcased the digital publishing industry’s top talent in the virtual debut of its annual awards ceremony last Thursday.

AOP Digital Publishing Awards 2020 – winners announced
Richard Reeves: “The Digital Publishing Awards commemorate the brilliance of those who define our industry.”

The event, organised in partnership with PubMatic, and hosted by comedian and Mash Report star Ellie Taylor, moved to an online platform for the first time in its 18 year history. Accompanied by the AOP Awards House Band, the event recognised the successes of individuals, publishers, advertisers, agencies and suppliers who set the highest standard for digital publishing excellence, says the AOP.

“We always enjoy bringing the digital publishing industry together in celebration of its ongoing innovation and talent,” commented Richard Reeves, Managing Director at AOP. “The Digital Publishing Awards commemorate the brilliance of those who define our industry. As the evolution of the media landscape continues to bring new challenges and opportunities in what has been a difficult year, it is important not to lose sight of the achievements the industry has made. Our awards help to acknowledge those who have set the benchmark for quality digital content, through their in-depth knowledge, acumen and ingenuity.

“This year’s awards also mark the launch of The Finalist’s Guide to Digital Excellence video series, where our highly acclaimed finalists share their insights and experience to help inspire the digital publishing sector.”

The awards saw the Best Online Brand: Consumer accolade go to Readly, while Open Library for Humanities received the award for Small Digital Publisher of the Year, with both winners representing the introduction of different publishing models.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Editorial Excellence

BEST PODCAST STRATEGY

Film Stories

BEST USE OF VIDEO

Saving The Planet Through Snapchat, VICE UK

Highly Commended: carwow

DIGITAL EDITOR OF THE YEAR

James Murray – Business Green, Incisive Media

Highly Commended: Laurence Mozafari – Digital Spy, Hearst UK

DIGITAL EDITORIAL TEAM OF THE YEAR: B2B

edie, Faversham House

DIGITAL EDITORIAL TEAM OF THE YEAR: CONSUMER

VICE UK

Highly Commended: Digital Spy, Hearst UK

DIGITAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by EX.CO

George Driver – ELLE Digital Beauty Editor, Hearst UK

THE LOCAL HERO AWARD FOR REGIONAL DIGITAL JOURNALISM

Sponsored by Google News Initiative

Robyn Vinter – Yorkshire Post

Highly Commended: Natasha Meek – Bradford Telegraph & Argus

Partnerships Excellence

BEST COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIP

Sponsored by Lewis Silkin

What Car? TrueMPG & Nissan LEAF, Haymarket Automotive Studio

Highly Commended: Evening Standard's Future London, ESI Media

BEST CREATIVE SOLUTIONS LED / CONTENT MARKETING CAMPAIGN

The Instant Edit: Mail Metro Media For Matalan, Mail Metro Media

BEST MEDIA TECHNOLOGY PARTNER

Ozone Project & Beeswax Fight For A Fairer Future For Premium Publishers, Beeswax

Commercial Excellence

BEST DIVERSIFICATION OF COMMERCIAL STRATEGY

Sponsored by Deloitte

Marie Claire UK, Future

DIGITAL ADVERTISING OPERATIONS TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Google

Global Media & Entertainment

DIGITAL SALES PERSON OF THE YEAR

Jack Ellis – Haymarket Automotive

DIGITAL SALES TEAM OF THE YEAR

Nowse Sales Team, Dennis Publishing

Publishing Excellence

AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR

The Telegraph

Highly Commended: The Sun, News UK

BEST DIGITAL PUBLISHING INNOVATION

Sponsored by Xandr

Building The Digital Advertising Environment Of The Future, The Ozone Project

Highly Commended: Permutive & Financial Times: Excelling In A World Without Third Party Cookies, Permutive

BEST RESEARCH / INSIGHT PROJECT

Sponsored by UKOM

The Times & The Sunday Times Content Review, News UK

BEST USE OF DATA

Sponsored by LiveRamp

Article Quality Scoring Algorithm, Call Centre Helper (Clearly Presented Ltd)

DIGITAL PUBLISHING RISING STAR 2020

Charlie Celino – News UK

Highly Commended: Rebecca Knight – Future

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR

JPIMedia

THE DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARD FOR EMPLOYER EXCELLENCE

Sponsored by Project 23

Incisive Media

Grand Prix

BEST ONLINE BRAND: B2B

edie, Faversham House

Highly Commended: Business Green, Incisive Media

BEST ONLINE BRAND: CONSUMER

Readly

SMALL DIGITAL PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR

Open Library of Humanities

BEST DIGITAL PUBLISHING COMPANY: B2B

Incisive Media

BEST DIGITAL PUBLISHING COMPANY: CONSUMER

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