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Bahamas Web Awards
The winners were announced at the Awards luncheon on December 8, 2005.

Award Categories

View the websites that were nominated for this year's contest. 2005 Nominees.

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.: Judging Criteria


Review of Entries
Bahamas Web Awards nominees and winners are selected by judges from both the Bahamas and the International community. All entries received through the Call for Entries will first be reviewed for eligibility. Accepted entries will be submitted to a panel of judges for evaluation. Judges will select up to three (3) sites per category, from which a final winner for each category will be chosen. See Judging Process.

All semi-finalists will then move to the Finals where the Judges will select the overall best website - the winner of the "Best of The Bahamas Award".

Judges will evaluate sites submitted for The Bahamas Web Awards on the basis of five “strategic” criteria and five “creative” criteria.

Strategic criteria focus on the objective behind a website, taking into account the larger market forces that impact its success and its significance on the whole.

Creative criteria* focus on the execution of the online initiative. They concern key elements of Web design and development ? the nuts and bolts of what makes a website succeed in the “real world.”

Strategic Criteria

Objective: Objective defines what the website is aiming to achieve. A strong Objective is clearly defined, significant, and achievable. It identifies a challenge, explains the significance of that challenge to the Web site’s success, and outlines relevant and achievable outcomes. A strong Objective demonstrates an extraordinary understanding of the challenge and presents a solid roadmap for surmounting that hurdle. It is simultaneously courageous and practical. It emphasizes quality in execution and results. It adds value to the person, organisation or company.

Innovation: Innovation abounds on the Web and we are here to recognize the companies writing the future. True Innovation reveals a new approach, a gem of an idea, a breakthrough in the way a website operates, communicates, succeeds in meeting its objective. Innovation makes heads turn and forces competitors to follow. It makes a significant impact on the success of the Web site and the market at large.

Market Situation: Market Situation evaluates whether a Web site faced any particular market challenges in developing a site. Did it make it more difficult for you to succeed? Did it make the significance of your work more important to the person or company? If forces in the broader market posed significant challenges, we want to know!

Resources: Resources evaluates the material assets available to the company or developer. Did a site achieve extraordinary results despite significant limitations? With exceptional resources, did a site achieve exceptionally extraordinary results? Here, judges examine the success of a site relative to the resources available, to ensure fairness for all regardless of budget size..

Success: Success evaluates the ROI of a site in relation to the strategy and objectives it aims to achieve. Success is demonstrated through quantitative and/or anecdotal evidence that reveal the effectiveness of your website and how these results relate back to the stated objective. We understand that this may include sensitive or classified information; thus we ask for a summary of the results you have seen. You may be as detailed or general as you like, based on your level of comfort, although the more information provided the better able the judges will be to evaluate your success. Note that all information will be kept secure and confidential.


Creative Criteria

Content: Content is the information provided on the site. It is not just text, but music, sound, animation, or video -- anything that communicates a site’s body of knowledge. Good content should be engaging, relevant, and appropriate for the audience. You can tell it's been developed for the Web because it's clear and concise and it works in the medium. Good content takes a stand. It has a voice, a point of view. It may be informative, useful, or entertaining but it always leaves you wanting more.

Structure and Navigation: Structure and navigation refers to the framework of a site, the organization of content, the prioritization of information, and the method in which you move through the site. Sites with good structure and navigation are consistent, intuitive and transparent. They allow you to form a mental model of the information provided, where to find things, and what to expect when you click. Good navigation gets you where you want to go quickly and offers easy access to the breadth and depth of the site's content.

Visual Design/Branding: Visual Design is the appearance of the site. It's more than just a pretty homepage and it doesn't have to be cutting edge or trendy. Good visual design is high quality, appropriate, and relevant for the audience and the message it is supporting. It communicates the core values, benefits, character, and personality of a company or product. It reflects the values, interests and character of the target audience. Through good visual design, the site generates loyalty and increases the perceived value of the brand beyond the tangible product or service.

Functionality: Functionality is the use of technology on the site. Good functionality means the site works well. It loads quickly, has live links, and any new technology used is functional and relevant for the intended audience. The site should work cross-platform and be browser independent. Highly functional sites anticipate the diversity of user requirements from file size, to file format and download speed. The most functional sites also take into consideration those with special access needs. Good functionality makes the experience center stage and the technology invisible.

Interactivity: Interactivity is the way that a site facilitates communication and allows users to get things done more quickly and easily. Good interactivity makes a site more efficient by leveraging multiple activities in a single user session: input/output, as in searches, email and instant messaging, e-commerce, notification agents, and real-time feedback. Interactive elements are what separate the Web from other media.

*Certain Creative Criteria may be more or less relevant to certain sites and business initiatives. Interactivity, for example, might be less relevant if a sites intention is improving operational efficiency. Home pages may not need to be as objective based.  Judges will take this into account in their evaluation. However, certain criteria of good interface (design, content, navigation, etc.) is important regardless of a site’s intention or whether the audience for a site is consumers, business partners/vendors, company employees or the public at large.




:: 2005 Winners:

List of Winners - 2005

In the Press

2005 - Ceremony Photos


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