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Web18’s news portal has been selected as an ‘Official Honoree’ for the ‘News’ category in the 12th Annual Webby Awards, hailed as the ‘Oscars of the Internet’. Out of the nearly 10,000 entries submitted from over 60 countries, less than 15 per cent are deemed as ‘Official Honorees’ at the Webby Awards.

Besides, prominent news portal like, and have also been selected as ‘Official Honoree’, for which they would all receive complimentary framed certificates.

Surya Mantha, CEO, Web18, said, “We are really honoured to receive this global recognition at an international platform. has lived up to its early promise of empowering people and has successfully managed to carve a niche for itself in a very short span of time.”

Hailed as the ‘Oscars of the Internet’ by the New York Times, the Webby Awards is the leading international award honouring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film and Video, and Mobile Websites. The Awards are judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organisation that includes David Bowie, Harvey Weinstein, Arianna Huffington, AKQA Global Creative Director Rei Inamoto, Matt Groening, Jamie Oliver, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, and RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser.

David-Michel Davies, Executive Director, Webby Awards, said, “The Webby Awards honours the outstanding work that is setting the standards for the Internet.’s selection as ‘Official Honoree’ is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”

The Webby Awards accept four types of entries – Websites; Interactive Advertising, which includes banners, viral, branded content and more; Online Film and Video, premiering on the Web, including comedy, live events, music and more; and Mobile, which recognises the emerging category of Mobile Websites. With nearly 70 categories, Website entries make up the majority of Webby Awards winners, nominees and honorees.


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