Launched in 2014 by EURid (the registry manager of the .eu, .ею and .ευ extensions), the .eu Web Awards are a competition that celebrates the best websites using the .eu, .ею or .ευ extensions. It’s completely free to enter, and they create huge exposure for the 18 finalists. These finalists are invited to the prestigious .eu Web Awards Gala in Sicily, Italy on 14 October 2021, and there are some great prizes to be won.
This year, EURid gathered over 160 unique nominations, with a vote of almost 13,000 tallied on 16 August 2021. There are six dynamic categories with three finalists in each:
The Leaders (established businesses):
gurman.eu, dreamwithus.eu, and sokol.eu
The Rising Stars (start-ups/entrepreneurs):
thatday.eu, pintrip.eu, and gaiana.eu
The Laurels (educational/institutional/pan-European ongoing projects):
federica.eu, dih4cps.eu, and project-easier.eu
The House of .eu (news/media/entertainment/blogs either companies or private):
hownormalami.eu, viaggiaregratis.eu, and countrysisters.eu
The Better world (environmental/green projects):
h2020-demeter.eu, mile21.eu, and h2020-faith.eu
The Best of .ею and .ευ (companies/organisations using the .ею or .ευ extension):
солети.ею, новините.ею, and книги.ею
The winners are decided by a jury of five business and internet technology experts – Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder (Chief Information Officer at The Swedish Internet Foundation), Maria Rosa Gibellini (Director General at the European Internet Forum), Colleen Kelly (Managing Director of Kelly & Associates), Mayte Carracedo (Chief Business Developer and Co-Founder of FundingBox), and João Pedro Martins (Data Scientist at Talkdesk and a member of the Youth Coalition on Internet Governance).
The six finalists with the highest scores from the jury will be selected as winners and will be announced during the Awards ceremony on 14 October. These winners will receive:
- A two-month billboard advertising campaign in Brussels Airport.
- A personalised .eu, .ею or .ευ Web Awards trophy.
- A customised video produced by EURid for promotional purposes.
- 3 different icon formats for the winners’ websites and social media accounts.
If these prizes sound enticing, it’s time to get your own website and .EU domain before you even think about entering next year. Grab a free unique .EU domain when you purchase any siteBuilder yearly plan at Blacknight. Need inspiration for your website? Check out the finalists’ and past winners’ websites, or let us create one for you!