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Ireland’s best and brightest from the world of digital media were celebrated at the 2014 Samsung Digital Media Awards last night. Today FM broadcaster Anton Savage hosted the event, which saw The Gathering Ireland campaign scoop the Grand Prix Award (sponsored by Samsung). ICAN won best agency (sponsored by Kantar Media), as well as best retail campaign for the Brown Thomas Sunglasses campaign and best integrated digital campaign (sponsored by Ad2One) for its work on Permanent tsb “Back to Basics”.
Dublin-based event video crowd-sourcing start-up, FanFootage, won the Trailblazer Award, in recognition of its work showcasing Ireland on the international digital stage. FanFootage has grown from a Dublin based tech start up, to a company whose technology is used in 16 different countries, over three continents, with fan videos capturing over 400 different performances from 147 different venues.
Best Student Award (sponsored by Snap) was won by Gemma Lynch for Hayley, Layla and Globalisation, a cute animation that tells a charming story about the ever changing world we live in. A total of eight new categories were added for 2014, reflecting the ongoing evolution of the digital media sector in Ireland. One of these was Digital School of the Year, (sponsored by Educational Company of Ireland) which was awarded to Saint Mogue’s College in West Cavan for its entry, Education: I did it my way! Beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger, Samantha Johnston, was named Blogger of the Year for her blog, All The Buzz.
Dublin City Council through its Innovation Dublin programme sponsored the Innovation Award. Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn remarked; “Ireland’s economic future will be built around innovation and digital. Tonight Dublin reaffirms its commitment to fostering digital enterprises by recognising innovation among the digital media community. Creativity is in the DNA of our city and as City leaders it is our task to support the business community in turning innovation into jobs and prosperity”.
Now in its second year, the partnership with Samsung has brought a new dynamic to the awards. Gary Twohig, general manager, Samsung Electronics IT & Mobile Ireland said, “We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the finalists and winners for their outstanding contribution to the sector over the past year. We’re delighted to sponsor these awards for the second year running. It’s a partnership that works well because Samsung’s range of devices offers cutting-edge technology, style and innovation, making it the perfect platform for users to appreciate the excellence in digital media that the awards celebrate. It’s great to see Irish businesses embracing and leading the digital revolution and the calibre of the work reviewed by the judges this year bears strong testament to that.”.
Commenting on the Trailblazer Awards, Rowan Devereux CCO, FanFootage said: Fanfootage is delighted to receive the Trailblazer award at the 2014 Samsung DMA’s. It’s our first major award and represents a real validation of the hard work and effort the team has put in since the company’s inception. 2013 was an outstanding year for us; we grew from a Dublin based tech start up, to a company whose technology is used in 16 different countries, over three continents, with fan videos capturing over 400 different performances from 147 different venues. The recognition associated with this award will help us build on this momentum in 2014 and I would like to thank the judging panel and Samsung for honouring us in this way.
Tracey Carney event director of the Samsung DMA’s said: “Over the lifetime of the awards, the digital media industry in Ireland has flourished, growing to become one of the country’s most thriving and innovative sectors. The industry is generating much needed employment with digital media companies based in Ireland hiring 3,000 people (in the period June, 2012-‘13)”. We’re delighted that The Samsung Digital Media Awards gives those working in this exciting sector the opportunity to showcase their talents and be duly rewarded for the original and creative work they do”.
Determining the winning projects this year was an impressive line-up of judges, including industry experts from Facebook, Google, Dublin City University and Samsung, together with a range of leading Irish companies. With 24 categories split into different sections, the range and the variety of digital businesses involved in the awards has grown exponentially year on year.
For more information on The Samsung Digital Media Awards, including a full list of judges and finalists, visit http://www.digitalmedia.ie/
New to this year’s awards this category is open to both company and personal blogs in Ireland. The subject of the blog can focus on a range of subjects whether it is based on general news/current affairs, digital, political, fashion, music…all in all if you have a blog that you feel needs to be recognised enter now!
Voting will remain open until 5pm Tuesday, January 28th, 2014.
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