As some of you may be aware, Protagonize was a finalist in the 2008 Canadian New Media Awards, for which the awards ceremony was held last night in Toronto. Unfortunately,Â I wasn’t on-handÂ for the awardsÂ gala (though I did receive an invitation), but it turned out to be a moot pointÂ â€”Â ProtagonizeÂ was aÂ bridesmaid againÂ as HomelessNation.org won the “Excellence in Social Media Websites” category we were a finalist for. You can see a list of all of the finalists and winners here, if you’re interested.
We’d like to congratulate HomelessNation and all of the otherÂ winners for a job well done, though, as well as Pixton, the other competitor in our category. Maybe we’ll give it another go next year. :)
In an interesting reversal of fortune, however, I receivedÂ word from Applied Arts Magazine this morning that Protagonize was a winner in two different categories of their 2008 Applied Arts Interactive Awards: Experimental/Artistic and Weblog/Social Networking.Â Applied Arts is a very prestigious Canadian-based visual and communication arts magazine, so this definitely takes the edge off of last night’s loss in the CNMAs! The interactiveÂ awards will be featured in the March 2009 issue of the magazine, and we’ll also be featured on their web site. Awesome!
For a little background, the Applied Arts awards are judged by highly regarded industry professionals and experts from across North America. The entries are judged based on creative merit, technical execution and suitability for intended end use. The special, beautifully designedÂ Interactive Awards issue, published in March 2009,Â is read by more than 65,000 industry professionals. The Interactive Awards Winners Gallery ofÂ the Applied Arts web site alsoÂ attracts more than 200,000 unique visitors annually.