|.: Bahamas Web Awards FAQs
What is The Bahamas Web Awards?
The Bahamas Web Awards honor Web sites that excel at
achieving their goals. These awards highlight the people
and companies using the Web most effectively as a mature
and critical business or communications tool. We honor
the groundbreakers that set the standards for the
industry and serve as role models for the best in
the Bahamas Web industry.
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How long have The Bahamas Web Awards been honoring
excellence on the Internet?
The Bahamas Web Awards is entering it's third year,
with a mission to honor sites that the average user goes
to daily for information, entertainment, community,
products and services.
Why the Call for Entries?
To honor the Bahamas' best on the Web, we need to
examine more than just the site itself. We need to
understand the site's objective and strategic
approach; how it is innovative; what resources were
available to the developers; and how it has shown
success. Thus the Call for Entries process enables us to
gather information beyond what is merely visible on the
site. It also dictates that only those sites that enter
through the formal Call for Entries process can be
When is the Call for Entries? What are
The Call for Entries for the Third Annual Bahamas Web Awards will begin Wednesday, June 1,
2005 and continue through midnight, Friday August 19,
When are nominees notified?
Owners of all Web sites nominated for
The Bahamas Web Awards will receive an email informing
them whether, or not, their site has been accepted into
the 2005 Bahamas Web Awards competition.
Only sites whose nominations have been
accepted will be notified beyond that.
When are winners announced?
Winners for the Bahamas Web Awards will
be announced at an Awards Luncheon in December, 2005.
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announcements and updated schedules.
Review & Judging Process
How does the judging process work?
A team of reviewers will initially
disqualify any submissions that are incomplete,
representative of sites that contain illicit material or
engage in illegal activity or otherwise do not meet the
Accepted submissions will be evaluated against the
published criteria by a nominations committee selected
for their expertise in Internet business, marketing and
relevant industries. They will determine the sites to be
included in the final judging
process. A prestigious panel of
judges will evaluate the final nominees and select the
winner for each of the 19 categories. The overall winner
from all categories is the winner of the Grand Prize,
the Best of The Bahamas Award.
Each of the Category winners will also receive a trophy
Who judges the Web sites?
Sites are reviewed by qualified persons
carefully selected by the Bahamas B2B Advisory Council.
They are both Bahamian and foreigners who are acclaimed
artists, business persons or Internet professionals with
extensive expertise in online business and marketing, or
relevant industries - i.e. those industries
represented by the awards categories.
Judges must excuse themselves from
voting for any Web sites which they have had any
personal or professional affiliation; they are
prohibited from reviewing any of those sites. Judges
examine sites according to The Bahamas Web Awards judging
criteria and The Bahamas Web Awards regularly
inspects their reviews for fairness and accuracy.
When is my site initially reviewed?
A site may be reviewed anytime after
entry, and no later than the beginning of deliberation
by the panel of judges.
When is my site actually judged?
Judging for the Judge's Selections will
take place in September or October 2005, after the final deadline
for Call for Entries expires. The online People's
Choice voting will begin in September, 2005 and run for
approximately 30 days. Nominees will receive an official
Web Awards icon to put on their site to encourage voting
from their sites.
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People's Choice voting and other announcements and
On what criteria are the Bahamas Web
The Bahamas Web Awards are judged based
on strategic criteria (objective, innovation, market
situation, resources, success) and creative criteria
(content, structure & navigation, visual
design/branding, functionality, interactivity). Consult
Are the sites submitted through The
Call for Entries the only ones eligible for nomination?
Only sites submitted for The Bahamas Web
Awards through the Call for Entries procedure are
eligible for nomination. Sites accepted into the
contest are required to submit a registration fee
and a strategic brief submitted by a representative of
Entry & Eligibility
May sponsors of The Bahamas Web Awards
submit their sites?
Sponsors of The Bahamas Web Awards may
submit their own Web sites. The judging process ensures
that such sites receive no special treatment.
Are non-English language sites
While non-English speaking Web sites are
not explicitly ineligible, answers to questions posed in
the 'strategic brief' must be submitted in English
and sites will be evaluated by our predominantly
Are Flash? sites eligible?
Yes, sites made using Flash or
containing Flash elements are eligible.
What types of content would make a site
Ineligible sites are those that contain
illegal materials or engage in illegal activities or
otherwise do not meet the eligibility requirements.
Who wins the actual Bahamas Web Award?
The actual awards are given to the
owners of the sites or their authorized representatives.
Additional parties may be credited for the design or
development of the site. All credits will be authorized
with the official contact before they are released.
What categories are available for
There are 7 Bahamas Web Awards
categories ranging from Art & Culture to Tourism.
May I submit my site in multiple
Yes! You may submit your site in as many categories as
applicable. You must pay a separate entry fee for each category
entered. Plus, there is no limit to the
number of different web site entries that may be
submitted by any entrant.
How can I determine to which category I
should submit my site?
To determine what category your site is
best suited for, read
the category definitions.
Still unsure? Contact
us with the URL of the site in question and a very
brief description. We will review and reply with the
category where your site would most aptly compete.
Password and Pay Sites
Can password protected sites be
Yes. Password protected sites are
eligible as long as entrants provide a working username
and password for reviewers and judging officials. All
usernames and passwords will be kept secure and
completely confidential. Judges will agree to
signing a non-disclosure agreement for password
protected sites if the site owner requests it.
Can password protected sites that
charge a fee for service be submitted?
Yes. Pay Sites that are protected by
passwords may submit as long as entrants provided a
working username and password for the free-evaluation by
reviewers and judging officials.
We have a free password protected area
- can we provide a password to your judges?
Yes. Please submit a working username
and password for use by reviewers and judging officials
for the evaluation of your entry.
Are only sites launched in the last
No. A site could have been launched any
time - even 5 years ago. However, the initiative
described in the strategic brief (e.g. redesign,
promotional campaign, technical upgrade) must have been
completed in the last year (12 months).
When must a site be live in order to be
For the 2005 contest, a site and the
initiative described in the strategic brief must be live
between the day it is submitted and October 30th,
My site is launching next month - can I
submit it now?
Sites are eligible for review at any
time after they are submitted. Sites that are not live
should not be submitted until they have been launched.
In the event that a site or initiative does not launch
until after The Call for Entries concludes, no special
considerations or arrangements can be made to ensure
that the site is only reviewed once its live.
Billing & Security
How much does it cost to enter?
registration fees below can are due with the submission of the final
entry form. Online payments
Each Site, per category - $25
Discounted Categories* - $15
* In order to support a vibrant web community, the charitable-organization, personal and student web site categories may be entered for $15.
Do sites have to enter to win?
Yes. Sites must be submitted through the
Call for Entries to be guaranteed review and
consideration by The Bahamas Web Awards.
Is my information confidential?
Yes. We understand that final entrants
will be submitting sensitive and classified materials.
For this reason, all information will be kept secure and
completely confidential. Information will only be shared
with reviewers, judging panels, and if necessary Bahamas
Web Award officials. Judges, reviewers and Web Award
officials involved will be required to sign an Non
Disclosure Agreement, and Judges will be instructed to
only discuss the contents of an entry among other judges
in their group. Review our confidentiality
Who should I contact if I need further
If you have any questions or concerns
about your entry please fell free to contact
us. You will receive a confirmation from us via
email within 1 business day of receipt of your email.
The Bahamas Web Awards
P.O. Box N-405