The Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards were developed by the Web Marketing Association to honor excellence in online advertising, recognize the individuals and organizations responsible for creating work, and showcasing the award winning Internet advertising.

Who may enter

The Internet Advertising Competition is open to all organizations and individuals involved in the process of developing all forms on Internet advertising. Ads eligible for entry must have run at some time during the period from January 1, 2015 until January 31, 2016.

The person submitting the entry will be considered the "nominator" and will receive all communications regarding the Awards and will be the only person allowed to make changes to the entry data once it is submitted. You do not have to be a member of the Web Marketing Association (WMA) to enter the Internet Advertising Competition Awards.

What to submit

Entries must be accessible online via a single URL. Entries must be submitted online using the official IAC Online Entry Form. To access the entry form, you first need to create a free nominator account. This account will allow you to enter multiple entries without having to reenter your personal contact information each time and will be central point of communications about your entries.

Entries should be submitted on a single HTML page containing your creative and/or each element of the campaign or a URL leading directly to the website or creative element. The page may be password protected (provided you enter this information on the entry form) and available to the IAC judges. The HTML page must show the creative to be judged for that entry only. However, entries may also include a link to a page showing how the entry was displayed in use if available. It is important that the judges be able to determine exactly what creative is to be reviewed with each entry so it is advisable to include direct links to the creative rather than a single page for all of the organization's entries.

Entries not containing a valid URL link to the entered ads may be disqualified. An advertisement is considered entered after a completed Entry Form is logged by the WMA server and payment of the entry fee is received by the WMA prior to the competition deadline. When an entry is processed, the nominator will receive an email receipt confirming the entry and it will be reflected in the nominator account.

Judging Criteria

The Internet Advertising Competition judges represent all aspects of the advertising and Internet worlds. Entries will be judged on the judging criteria and compete head-to-head with other entries within their specific category.

Judging Criteria:

Our judges are experienced professionals with an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in advertising design and technology and the objectivity to score entries according to a predefined set of criteria.

Our 2016 judges represent some of the best the Internet Advertising community has to offer, including: AKQA, BGT Partners, Brunner Digital, Campbell-Ewald, CNN News Group, Deep Interactive Asia, Digitas, EuroRSCG 4D, Google, IBM Interactive, imc2, JWT, LeapFrog Interactive, Mass Transmit, McCann Worldgroup, OgilvyInteractive, PayPal, Razorfish, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Tectis GmbH, TMP Worldwide, Universal McCann Interactive and Wunderman / Y&R.

Awards

Internet Advertising Competition Awards will be given to those entries that the judges rate as best within each industry category. Award winners will receive a handsome trophy customized for their entry.

Entries not winning the top award in their category will be eligible for an Outstanding Advertising Award based on upon the total score. Award winners will receive a personalized certificate, suitable for framing, to acknowledge their achievement.

No award will be issued if, in the opinion of the judges, all entries within a given category do not meet a high standard of excellence.

A Best of Show award will also be selected in each of the advertising format categories.

The agency that wins the most awards in a single show will be given the Top Agency Award and be singled out for special recognition in our winners press release.

Agencies that demonstrate excellence across multiple entries will also receive special recognition. The Outstanding Interactive Developer Award will be awarded to those organizations who win 6 or more awards in a single competition.

Categories

Judging categories are based upon Industry and Format

Industries

Advertising
Advocacy
Airline
Application Service Provider
Arts
Associations
Auction
Automobile
B2B
Bank
Beverage
Biotechnology
Broadcasting
Brokerage
Catalog
Computer: Hardware
Computer: Retailer
Computer: Software
Construction
Consulting
Consumer Goods
Credit Union
Design
Directory or Search Engine
Diversified Business
Education
Email
Employment
Energy
Entertainment
Environmental
Events
E-Zine
Faith-based
Family
Financial Services
Food Industry
Game Site
General Interest
Government
Health Care
Home Building
Hotel and Lodging
Information Services
Institutional Services
Insurance
Interactive Services
International Business
Internet Service Provider
Intranet
Investor Relations
Investment
Legal
Leisure
Magazine
Marketing
Manufacturing
Media
Medical
Military
Mobile
Movie
Music
Mutual Fund
News
Newspaper
Non-Profit
Online Community
Other
Pharmaceuticals
Portal
Professional Services
Public Relations
Publishing
Radio
Real Estate
Regional
Restaurant
Retail
School
Shopping
Small Business
Sports
Telecommunication
Toy & Hobby
Transportation
Travel
University

Formats


The campaign categories are open to advertising campaigns consisting of no less than three and no more than five ads used to promote a single product, brand, or concept.

Nominators may enter ads in multiple categories, if appropriate. For example, ads appearing as part of a campaign may also be entered as a single ad in the same or a different category. However, separate entry forms and fees are required for each category entered.

* Please note: In the IAC Awards, websites are judged for their advertising qualities, not overall web development. The annual WebAward competition is better suited for the evaluation of total website development.

Entry Fees

The fees for the 2016 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are $225 for single entries and $250 for campaign, websites and interactive applications categories.  The non-profit industry category will receive a reduced entry fee of $199 for all entries.

Entry fees are payable through our secure server via credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express) or by check. Nominators wishing to submit their payment by check must submit their entry using the online entry form prior to submitting payment. Checks must be issued in US Dollars from a US bank. A receipt or invoice for entry fees will be generated by the online entry form submission process.

To submit entry fees by mail, please make checks payable to Web Marketing Association. Submit the entry online and then mail the check along with printed entry application to:
Web Marketing Association
P.O. Box 475
South Wellfleet, MA 02663

The WMA cannot bill firms for entry fees. WMA is not responsible for incomplete or disqualified entries. Entry fees for incomplete or disqualified entries are non-refundable.

In the event that the entry deadline is extended, there will be a $50 late fee for any entry submitted after the deadline of January 29, 2016.

Deadline

The deadline for entering the 2016 Internet Advertising Awards Competition is Friday, January 29, 2016. Any entries submitted after the original deadline, if the deadline is extended, are subject to a late fee. Winners will be notified by e-mail prior to the general announcement of winners expected to be in March 2016.