Afilias to Hold .INFO Awards

(Ping! Zine) – Afilias recently announced the opening of its fourth annual .INFO Awards program which recognizes the best .INFO websites around the world. From August 10th to September 10th any .INFO domain owner may submit their website to the .INFO Awards for a chance to win honors as the “Best .INFO website of 2010.”

“.INFO is an intuitive domain name choice for anyone looking to share their information with the world,” said Roland LaPlante, Chief Marketing Officer for Afilias. “.INFO has been the most successful new TLD ever launched, as evidenced by the millions of sites now operating worldwide. The .INFO Awards program not only gives us the opportunity to highlight the best .INFO sites from around the world, but also to allow Internet users to voice their support for their favorite ones.”

Afilias first launched the .INFO Awards program in Germany in 2007 and expanded the awards internationally in 2009. 2010 will mark the fourth year of honoring the best .INFO websites and highlighting the usefulness that the .INFO domain has added to the Internet in the nine years since its debut.

Qualifying submissions will be evaluated by a panel of online and media experts based on five key criteria including: presentation of content, functionality of the website, design, usability, and originality. The panel of judges will be announced on August 17th and will consist of experts in the fields of websites, design, and media.

A shortlist of the 10 finalists based on the judges’ scores will be published on October 5, 2010. Members of the public will then be able to vote for their favorite of the top 10 sites until November 2 at 11:59 pm ET. The public votes will be combined with the judges’ scores to select the top 3 winners, with first place being named the “Best .INFO website of 2010.” Winners will receive cash prizes allocated as: US$7,500 for first place, US$5,000 for second place, and US$3,000 for third place.

For details on entry requirements and restrictions please visit the Awards Rules. For more details on the .INFO Awards or to submit your site visit