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Shortlist revealed: Digital Publishing Awards 2023

The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) has announced the shortlist for the 2023 Digital Publishing Awards. In association with headline partner, PubMatic, the awards celebrate the individuals and teams working to create, deliver, and monetise quality content online.

The awards programme champions talent across 27 categories, including the newly announced Bill Murray Award for Outstanding Contribution to Digital Publishing. The awards set the standard for editorial, commercial, partnership and publishing excellence, with entries judged by a panel of digital industry expertsunder the guidance of co-chairs Hannah Barnett, Commercial Director, Digital Sales at Mail Metro Media, and Gideon Spanier, UK Editor in Chief at Campaign. The winners will be announced at the AOP Awards ceremony on 14th June at Old Billingsgate, London. 

“The 21st year of the Digital Publishing Awards has seen an exceptional array of submissions from new and returning entrants, across b2b, b2c, national and regional publishers”, said Richard Reeves, Managing Director at AOP. “I’m looking forward to celebrating in-person with all the hardworking individuals and teams that make up our exciting, ever-changing industry. Congratulations and good luck to all those shortlisted!” 

Tim Willcox, RVP UK at PubMatic commented: “It’s a pleasure to be partnering with AOP once more to highlight and reward those driving positive change in the digital industry. In particular, we look forward to shining a spotlight on those publishers and tech vendors that are championing and prioritising responsible media practices. We all have a duty to promote more sustainable ways of working and we’re excited to celebrate the excellent work being carried out in our sector to help change society for the better.”

The full list of finalists is as follows and can also be viewed online here.

Individual Excellence

Editor of the Year

●      Tom Ravenscroft, entered by Dezeen

●      Maisie McCabe, Campaign, entered by Haymarket Media Group

●      Andrea Caamano, entered by HELLO! Limited

●      Lily Barclay, bbcgoodfood.comentered by Immediate Media

●      James Baxter-Derrington, Investment Week, entered by Incisive Media

●      Catherine Bentley-Gouldstone, entered by Telegraph Media Group

Journalist of the Year

●      Mark Ogden, entered by ESPN

●      Harriet Clugston, entered by

●      Wendell Steavenson, 1843 Magazine, entered by The Economist

●      Camilla Tominey, entered by Telegraph Media Group

Rising Star

●      Bilal Saqib, entered by BBC Studios Publishing

●      Ralph Karumazondo, entered by ESPN

●      Georgia Brown, entered by HELLO! Limited

●      Nikhil Kumar, entered by Hennik Research Limited (part of Nineteen Group)

●      Albert Bynorth, entered by Mail Metro Media

●      Imogen Howse, entered by

Sales Person of the Year

●      Helen Savage, entered by Foundry

●      Harry Rich, entered by News UK

●      Alexander Craig, entered by News UK

●      Paul Finch, entered by The Independent        

The AOP Award for Inspiring Local Journalism, sponsored by Google News Initiative

●      Katy Rink, My Shrewsbury Magazine

●      Zak Garner-Purkis, MyLondon

●      Claire Wilde,

●      Anna Whittaker, Notts TV

●      Andrew Topping, Notts TV     

Team Excellence

Advertising Operations Team of the Year

●      Everything, Everywhere, All At Once, entered by Bauer Media

●      News UK

●      The Parents: Our New Customer, entered by Octave Audio

●      Ozone Operations, A Simply Premium Approach To Ad Ops, entered by Ozone 

●      The Telegraph Campaign Planning And Operations Team, entered by Telegraph Media Group

Audience Development Team of the Year, sponsored by UKOM

●      BBC Studios Audience Team, entered by BBC Studios

●      The Times And The Sunday Times, entered by News UK

●      Cost Of Living Crisis – Reach PLC Central Editorial Team (Live Network), entered by Reach PLC

●      Reach PLC Nationals, entered by Reach PLC

●      The Sun Audience Team, entered by News UK

●      The Telegraph Social Media Team, entered by Telegraph Media Group

Editorial Team of the Year: B2B

●      Dezeen

●      Campaign, entered by Haymarket Media Group

●      SWNS – Digital Team, entered by SWNS

●      Computing, CRN And CPI Editorial Team, entered by The Channel Company, EMEA

●      Travel Gossip News, entered by Travel Gossip

●      The Grocer, entered by William Reed

Editorial Team of the Year: Consumer

●      Bauer Media Content Commerce Team, entered by Bauer Media

●      ESPN UK

●      BBC Good Food And Olive Magazine, entered by Immediate Media

●      PinkNews

●, entered by Radio Times

●      1843 Magazine, entered by The Economist

●      The Telegraph Visual Journalism Team, entered by Telegraph Media Group

Product Development Team of the Year

●      The Independent, entered by Independent Digital News And Media

●      National World Publishing Digital Product Team, entered by National World Publishing Ltd

●      PinkNews        

●      Telegraph Product Development Team, entered by Telegraph Media Group

Sales Team of the Year

●      Campaign Sales Team, entered by Haymarket Media Group

●      Haymarket Automotive Studio: Defying A Turbulent Car Market In 2022, entered by Haymarket Automotive Studio

●      Commercial Team – HELLO! / HELLO! Fashion, entered by HELLO! Limited

●      Outfit7 Limited

●      ShowHeroes UK, entered by ShowHeroes

●      The Grocer Subscriptions Team, entered by William Reed

Publishing Excellence

Best Creative Solutions Led / Content Marketing Campaign

● And Audi Dakar: Live From The World’s Toughest Race, entered by BBC Studios

●      “Ugly For a Reason” – Birkenstock & The New York Times Advertising, entered by Birkenstock

●      24 Hours In Farming – #Farm24, entered by Farmers Guardian Ltd

●      Last Player Standing, entered by IGN

●      Nicorette, entered by Mail Metro Media

●      The Telegraph Honda Rugby Legacy Fund, entered by The Telegraph & Honda

●      The Telegraph NatWest 100 Female Entrepreneurs To Watch, entered by The Telegraph & Natwest

Best Digital Publishing Innovation

●      Bauer Illuminate Automotive, entered by Bauer Media

●      Hungry For Audiences And Out Of Cookies, entered by DAX by Global

●      dmg::ID, entered by Mail Metro Media

●      Nectar360’s Digital Trading Platform, entered by J Sainsburys

●      Smart Contextual Connect, entered by Octave Audio

●      Powering Premium Programmatic With Ozone Smart Bidstream, entered by Ozone

●      Telegraph Puzzles, entered by Telegraph Media Group

●      The Telegraph Ads In The App, entered by Telegraph Media Group

Best Diversification of Commercial Strategy, sponsored by Google

●      Propolis And Ignite Integration, entered by B2B Marketing

●      Digital Subscriptions & Bundling, entered by Immediate Media

●      Independent Licensing And Syndication, entered by Independent Digital News And Media

●      Press Gazette, entered by New Statesman Media Group

●      whynow Music, entered by whynow

Best Media Technology Partner

●      Blockthrough, Market Leader In Ad-filtering Technology, entered by Blockthrough

●      How Brand Metrics’ Technology Is Turning Brand Lift Data Into A Scalable Effectiveness Metric, entered by Brand Metrics

●      Ozone – Premium Publisher Programmatic Solutions, entered by Ozone

●      SeenThis Adaptive Streaming, entered by SeenThis

●      SOURCEPOINT: Bringing UK Publishers Together To Develop Enhanced Privacy Solutions, entered by SOURCEPOINT

Best Publisher-led Social Good Initiative or Campaign, sponsored by Deloitte

●      Campaign Ad Net Zero Awards, entered by Haymarket Media Group

●      Menopause Workplace Pledge, entered by HELLO! Limited

●      Reach PLC Online Safety For Journalists Initiative, entered by Reach PLC

●      The Telegraph Honda Rugby Legacy Fund, entered by The Telegraph & Honda

●      The Telegraph and NatWest 100 Female Entrepreneurs To Watch, entered by The Telegraph & Natwest

Best Research / Insight Project

●      Heardlines Not Headlines: How Research Identified The Best Way To Get A News Podcast Heard, entered by Global

●      The Diversity Factor, entered by Mail Metro Media

●      The BIG Squeeze, entered by Mail Metro Media

●      ISBA / AOP / PwC Programmatic Study II, entered by PwC (with ISBA & AOP)

Best Use of Audio

●      The Film Stories Podcast, entered by Film Stories

●      The News Agents: A Great New(s) Story, entered by Global

●      Immediate Media Co,

●      Ukraine: The Latest, entered by Telegraph Media Group

●      Which? Money Podcast, entered by Which?

Best Use of Data

●      Bauer Illuminate Automotive, entered by Bauer Media

●      National World Democratising Ad Effectiveness Data For The SME Marketplace With Brand Metrics, entered by National World and Brand Metrics

●      Conversion Rate Optimisation At The Independent, entered by Independent Digital News And Media

●      Nectar360’s Digital Trading Platform, entered by J Sainsburys 

●      Financial Times & Permutive: Driving Brand Uplift Via Frequency, entered by Permutive

●      ISBA / AOP / PwC Programmatic Study II, entered by PwC (with ISBA & AOP)

Best Use of Video

●      “Ugly For a Reason” – Birkenstock & The New York Times Advertising, entered by Birkenstock

●      Lettuce Live Stream, entered by Daily Star

●      @ESPNUK, entered by ESPN

●      PinkNews

●      The Telegraph – Life On The Frontline, entered by Telegraph Media Group

●      Which?

The AOP Employer Excellence Award, sponsored by Lewis Silkin

●      Immediate Media Co

●      Incisive Media

●      Mail Metro Media

Grand Prix

Best Online Brand: B2B

●      Building, entered by Assemble Media Group

●      Housing Today, entered by Assemble Media Group

●      Dezeen            

●      Utility Week, entered by Faversham House

●      Campaign, entered by Haymarket Media Group

●      BusinessGreen, entered by Incisive Media

●      The Grocer, entered by William Reed

Best Online Brand: Consumer

●      BBC Good Food, entered by Immediate Media

●      PinkNews

●      The Independent        

●      Telegraph Media Group

Small Digital Publisher of the Year

●      Assemble Media Group

●      B2B Marketing

●      Dezeen

●      Faversham House Ltd

●      TrustedReviews Limited

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