2017 Competition - DECEMBER 15, 2017 - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 10, 2018
Each entry will require a $55 non-refundable entry fee. To increase your opportunities for recognition, you may enter a work in more than one category. Each additional category will require an additional $55 fee. All payments must be U.S. Currency.
You may send a company check or Mastercard, Visa or American Express.
Web sites can be submitted via publicly access URL, or through postal mail on flash drive or CD/DVD. URLs to be judged should be available from December 15, 2017 - April 1, 2018. If you are sending a website on flash drive or CD/DVD, You are required to use the online entry form to enter your project details, but choose "Shipping" as your viewing method. Please attach a copy of the receipt to the materials being sent via postal mail.
Advertising entries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org provided that they are in an image format (jpg, png, gif, etc.). You may also link to a web page that displays your materials (include link on the entry form). Integrated campaigns will include ads that span multiple venues (i.e. print, email, social media, online ads, etc.) Please submit all examples for consideration in this category.
If you are entering a mobile app, and it is freely available in the AppStore or Android Marketplace, please provide the link to where it may be downloaded. However if your app is NOT free, please provide a "Gifted" app and note that on your entry description. If it is not available in the app store, you may send it via postal mail on CD or flash drive. Screenshots may also be provided with a description of each screen so the judges can understand what the app does.
The Preferred method for video entries is a public URL to a YouTube or Vimeo page. However, video projects can also be sent by mail on the following formats: DVD / CD (Quicktime (mov / h264), Windows Media, FLV).
Please send 1 hard copy of your entry (brochure, print ad, poster) or all items in your branding campaign (business card, letterhead, envelope, brochure, etc.) to our mailing address. Please attach or group with your entry receipt to allow proper filing for the judging panel.
Public Interactive Displays and Kiosks can be submitted with the use of a video presentation depicting the various elements of the display. Please provide a link to either a YouTube / Vimeo video and/or website case study for evaluation by the judging panel.
If you need to mail your materials to us, please use the following address. You will still be required to use our online entry process but you will select "Shipping" as the method of delivery on the entry form.
Horizon Interactive Awards
6160 Kerf Ln.
Noblesville, IN 46062
What is the deadline to enter?
Deadline to enter the 2017 Competition is December 15, 2017
What is the project eligibility time period for entry?
Works entered must have been produced in the last 2 years OR have never been entered in the competition previously. Previous entries and even previous winners may be entered in future competition if they are unchanged and entered into different categories OR if they have changed significantly (i.e. re-designed) may be entered into the same category(s).
How detailed does my project description have to be?
Please keep the project description brief but substantial enough to convey an "overview" of the project the judges will be reviewing. Include relevant information which directs the judges to look at specific details of your project if applicable. You may also include login information in the entry description should the site / project be password protected. (All entries are kept confidential).
Can I submit an online demo or video demo of a project?
Yes. Often times video demos of interactive kiosks, mobile apps, etc are a better presentation of the work for the judging panel.
How are entries judged?
The process of judging the various entries is somewhat unique to our competition. We blend a volunteer panel of your peers with an "end user" focus group to determine the winners of the competition. The International panel of professionals come from various backgrounds in the interactive and advertising industries. Please see the judging section to review a sampling of past judging panels.
Do all entries win?
No. Each award level has a limited number of entries that will be recognized. This limit is left to the discretion of both the user panel and the judging panel. Each category may have different numbers of winners based on the level of competition for that particular category. However, Gold winners are often limited to the top 10% in each category and there is only 1 "Best of Category" winner and 1 "Best of Show" winner - the Horizon Interactive Awards highest honor.
Is there a fee to enter?
Yes. Each entry requires a $55 entry fee per category entered. A work may be entered in multiple categories and thus may be eligible to win in multiple categories.
What do our entry fees pay for?
Entry fees are primarily used to promote the Horizon Interactive Awards competition and in-turn your work. Judges are not paid for their involvement in the competition. In addition, every winner recieves a complimentary winners certificate (only pay for shipping) that is matted and ready for framing. (they're really quite nice!) - Entry fees are non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the judging.
Is my entry information kept confidential?
Absolutely. All aspects of the competition are bound by a confidentiality agreement. All materials submitted to the competition will never be shared with a third party who has not agreed to be bound by the confidentiality rules of the competition. Entry materials cannot be returned and are destroyed following the conclusion of the competition.
When are winners announced?
Generally winners are announced by April 1 of the following year and sometimes sooner (e.g. 2017 winners will be announced in April of 2018). Winners receive an email notification as well as Postal mail.
What is your express mail address?
Please send all priority packages to: Horizon Interactive Awards, 6160 Kerf Ln., Noblesville, IN 46062
Can I group several "like" projects into 1 entry?
Yes and No. Generally, a project is considered a single entry. However, In the past, there have been entries that may not make the cut on their own merits but, when considered as an overall idea or concept, were worthy of being recognized with an award distinction. For example, a single banner ad may not rise to the level of an award distinction. However, when considered in the broader context of an integrated campaign across multiple media, the effectiveness and level of integration becomes an award-worthy project. Should you have questions about how to group like projects into a single entry, please contact us.
How are the web awards presented? Is there a physical ceremony?
While we would love to have an event to get everyone together for a night of awards presentations, the logistics and cost of the prevent our competition from being able to offer this. We announce the winners via social media channels, partner web sites and events, press releases, and through postal mail.