I am very excited to announce the first edition of the SHOP AWARDS!

Since the launch of Shop Directory back in August, my goal is to promote the best of online shopping, to make it easy for you to find true gems on the World Wide Web, and to offer visibility to well-deserving entrepreneurs. And this is exactly why the SHOP AWARDS were created, too.

The SHOP AWARDS 2014 are a celebration of excellence in online shopping. This event serves to recognize, reward and honor inspiring shops. We are looking for exciting product assortments, an attractive design and user-friendly websites, preferably responsive and mobile-ready to meet the needs of today’s consumers. We also seek shops that have a positive impact on the design industry and promote sustainability, craftsmanship, quality and aesthetics.

It’s now time to submit the online shops you think should be considered for the SHOP AWARDS 2014. You can submit as many entries as you like. Shops of any size from all around the world can be submitted, as long as they are available in English. In two weeks time, a jury panel will compile, explore, evaluate and curate all entries submitted, to finally come up with a cream of the crop selection. You will then be invited to vote between the five finalists in each category and to determine the big winners of the SHOP AWARDS 2014! The results will be announced on October 22nd, 2014. See the submission form here.

Submitting a shop and voting automatically enters you into a competition to win a $250 gift card from the online shop of your choice! So tell us, which shop you believe stands out from the crowd? Don’t forget to have a look at The Shop Directory for some inspiration.

All you need to know about the SHOP AWARDS 2014 is presented below in an easy Q&A format.

Please make sure to read the disclaimer, as well as our general Terms & Conditions.

Do you have any questions or comments? Send a mail to [email protected]

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Q: Who can submit a shop?
A: Any person may submit a shop provided they fill out correctly the required information on the form and meet our present contest rules. See: Submission Form.

Submitting a shop and voting automatically enters you into a competition to win a $250 gift card from the online shop of your choice! We will announce the winner on our social media outlets (Facebook & Twitter) in October, after revealing the results of the voting period.

 

Q: How many shops can be submitted, and what are you looking for in a shop?
A: You can submit as many entries as you like! Shops of any size from all around the world can be submitted, as long as they are available in English. We are looking for online retailers that have an interesting and varied product assortment, an attractive design and user-friendly website, preferably responsive and mobile-ready. Each entry should be registered separately – Please fill one submission form per shop you want to submit. Remember that we will not accept submission of sites containing obscenities, insults, remarks of racist nature, and calls for violence.

 

Q: Who is on the jury panel?
A: We are now putting together a qualified and enthusiastic jury panel to select the best online shopping destinations. They will have the challenging task to compile, explore, evaluate and curate all entries submitted, to finally come up with a cream of the crop selection. You will then be invited to vote between the finalists in each category (TBD), and to determine the big winners of the Shop Awards 2014! The jury’s decision will be based on specific criteria and a rigorous process: aesthetics, product assortment, uniqueness, usability, functionality, interactivity, the presence of information about the history, philosophy and/or people behind the shop and transparency.

 

Q: How does the voting system works?
A: An online voting system will be set up so that you can choose the best shops in different categories. You will be able to vote once for the entry of your choice in each category during the entire voting period. You will be asked to fill in your name and email address before submitting your final choices, to ensure the proper conduct of the contest. The winners will be the shops that score the most votes in their respective category (TBD).

 

Q: What are the dates to remember?
A: Our contest calendar is as follow:

  • Contest term: 08 September – 22 October 2014
  • Nomination period: 08 – 22 September
  • Jury Selection: 23 – 29 October
  • Voting period: 30 September – 19 October
  • Announcement of winners: 22 October