AOP Digital Publishing Awards 2018: Winners Revealed

Time Inc. UK, Infopro Digital, Dezeen and Dennis among those celebrated at the prestigious annual awards

London, UK: The Association for Online Publishing (AOP) recognised the high standards and talent across the digital publishing industry with the introduction of two new categories at its flagship annual awards ceremony last night.

Hosted in partnership with PubMatic, the prestigious event at Old Billingsgate in London honoured individuals, publishers, advertisers, agencies and suppliers who consistently deliver engaging, distinct and innovative digital content. Now in its 16th year, the awards are regarded as one of the industry’s most anticipated annual events and the benchmark for digital publishing excellence.

“Once again, the Digital Publishing Awards has proved an excellent opportunity to celebrate and showcase the talent within the ever-changing digital publishing industry,” commented Richard Reeves, Managing Director at AOP. “This year we were especially pleased to recognise the achievements of smaller publishers with the new Small Digital Publisher of the Year award won by Dezeen, and commemorate the achievements of young individuals in the Rising Star category, with Alex Crossley at Olive taking the win.

“The talent exhibited across all 22 categories this year has been exceptional, with all finalists showing a deep understanding of their audiences and the tools needed to engage users in this challenging landscape. We are delighted to give all winners and finalists the recognition they deserve.”

This year’s ceremony saw the Best Editorial Team of the Year – Consumer accolade awarded to The Independent, while Auto Trader picked up a double win in the Best Research and Best use of Data categories.

The full list of winners follows:

Editorial Excellence

  • Best Use of Video (Sponsored by Unruly)

o   Winner: carwow YouTube channel

  • Digital Journalist of the Year

o   Winner: Matt Chorley, Red Box
o   Highly Commended: Lucinda Southern, Digiday

  • Digital Editor of the Year

o   Winner: Judy Cooper, Community Care
o   Highly Commended: James Waldron, Chemist + Druggist

  • Digital Editorial Team of the Year: B2B (Sponsored by UKOM)

o   Winner: Chemist + Druggist, UBM

  • Digital Editorial Team of the Year: Consumer

o   Winner: The Independent, ESI Media<

Partnerships Excellence

  • Best Media Technology Partner (Sponsored by Lewis Silkin)

o   Winner: LolaGrove for publishers, LolaGrove
o   Highly Commended: The Verified Marketplace – News UK, The Telegraph and Guardian News & Media with Unruly

  • Best Commercial Partnership (Sponsored by AppNexus)

o   Winner: Ideal Home, Shop Direct and Time Inc. UK

  • Best Creative Solutions Led / Content Marketing Campaign (Sponsored by Nativo)

o   Winner: Food Sustainability Index, Barilla Foundation, The Economist Group

Commercial Excellence

  • Digital Advertising Operations Team of the Year

o   Winner: From Ad Ops to Rev Ops, Bauer Xcel

  • Digital Sales Person of the Year

o   Winner: Shinal Patel, The Times and Sunday Times, News UK

  • Digital Sales Team of the Year

o   Winner: Global’s DAX, Global

Publishing Excellence

  • Audience Development Team of the Year

o   Winner: Bauer Xcel

  • Best Digital Publishing Launch

o   Winner: BBC Good Food companion app for IOS, Android and Windows, BBC Worldwide

  • Best Research / Insight Project (Sponsored by Deloitte)

o   Winner: Not new, not used, but next, Auto Trader

  • Best use of Data (Sponsored by LiveRamp)

o   Winner: Snakes & Bubbles, Auto Trader

  • Digital Publishing Rising Star 2018 (Sponsored by Google)

o   Winner: Alex Crossley, Olive
o   Highly Commended: Jo Carrigan, News UK

  • Product Development Team of the Year (Sponsored by Celtra)

o   Winner: Future

Grand Prix

  • Best Online Media Property or Brand: B2B

o   Winner: Decanter, Time Inc. UK
o   Highly Commended: Dezeen

  • Best Online Media Property or Brand: Consumer

o   Winner: Den of Geek, Dennis

  • Small Digital Publisher of the Year

o   Winner: Dezeen

  • Best Digital B2B Publishing Company 2018 (Sponsored by Pubmatic)

o   Winner: Infopro Digital

  • Best Digital Consumer Publishing Company 2018 (Sponsored by Pubmatic)

o   Winner: Dennis

Further details about the AOP Digital Publishing Awards 2018 can be found at

About the Association for Online Publishing
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