Consider this an international panel of your peers.

Judging Criteria

  01. UX/Design

Look for clean design with a consistently good user experience.


  02. Creativity

Evaluate the overall uniqueness of the solution for new ideas/execution.


  03. Technical

Is the solution technically modern, functional and does it perform well?


  04. Message

How well does the solution content communicate to its intended audience?


  05. Effectiveness

Does the solution scope achieve it's goals in an effective manner?


About the Judging Panel

Judging is completed yearly by an all volunteer jury that varries in size and composition from season to season. We accept judges from all levels of the interactive media industry and other related fields, making it a panel of your peers. In addition, end-users and non-designers are accepted to the judging panel which offers a unique perspective not found at any other awards competition. We feel that solutions should be effective... not just fun to look at. Think of it like your own personal focus group!

Want to Become a Judge?

We accept applications for our judging panel at any time. Please send your background information to us at:


Cosmin Truta (Montreal, Canada)

Founder / Chief Creative Officer, Grafika Designs

Dmitry Tsozik (California, USA)

Design director/co-founder, Clay

Derek Sussner (Minnesota, USA)

Founder Sussner Design Company

Eric A. Meyer (Ohio, USA)

Co-founder, An Event Apart

Richard George (Dublin, Ireland)

Director of Digital, eir Group

Jeffrey Feldman (New York, USA)

Co-founder, An Event Apart

Jijo Reed (California, USA)

Owner / Creative Director, Sugar Studios LA

Cameron Moll (Florida, USA)

Founder, Authentic Jobs

Rachel Andrew (Bristol, England)


Geri Coady (Nottingham, UK)

Author, Freelance Designer

Chris Nation (Kentucky, USA)

Director, Quantum Communications, Inc.

Flavio Masson (New York, USA)

Founder/Principal Creative Director,

Chris Smoak (Colorado, USA)

Senior Developer, Schoolrunner

Kim Pickett (Vancouver, CANADA)

Principal, Creative Director at KIMBO Design Inc.

Shefik (New York, USA)

Executive Producer and Host, “Shefik presents Invocation”

Taylan Koru (Istanbul, Turkey)

Head of Digital, Mindshare

Luc Malcorps (Brussels, Belgium)

Director of Media Relations, Emakina

Ali Atay (Izmir, Turkey)

President, egegen

Allen Hsu (Atlanta, GA)

UX Design Lead at Modo Modo Agency


Types of Awards


  • Best of Show
    1 Best of Show Winner per competition.
  • Best of Category
    1 Best of Category Winner per category.
  • Gold
    All Gold level winners are eligible for Best of Show and Best of Category
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Best Use of Photography
  • Best Use of Typography


  • Best Agency
  • Best Agency Runner-up
  • Distinguished Agency

Any agency/developer who enters and wins 4 or more awards receives the "Distinguished Agency" status. The Best Agency and Best Agency Runner-Up awards are the Horizon Interactive Awards highest honor for agencies / developers and represent a high level cumulative awards among their entry awards.

Winners Items & Tools

Each winning entry receives a complimentary winners certificate that is double matted and ready for framing ($5 shipping). Also, as a Horizon Interactive Awards winner, you will have the opportunity to purchase one of three different types of award statues.  All statues are made of 100% SOLID Crystal and is personalized for your winning entry. In our winner’s tools area, you will find a press release about your win. You may customize this for use with your own PR efforts.