Colenso, Y&R and DDB star as NZ scores 13 Webbys noms

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New Zealand has racked up 13 nominations in the shortlist for the internet’s premium global awards show, the 22nd annual Webby Awards, being held this year in New York City.

Colenso BBDO, DDB NZ and Y&R NZ each have three nominations. Colenso has been shortlisted for Pedigree Child Replacement Programme, DB Export Beer Bottle Sand and NZ Breast Cancer Foundation The Annoying Lump.

DDB NZ has been shortlisted twice for Netsafe Re:scam and once for a NZ Herald re-design.

Y&R was nominated for Heinz Geoff twice and once for Rainbow Youth If It’s Not Gay, It’s Not Gay.

Other nominees from New Zealand include Terabyte Interactive for NZ Wine website Heyday, Mitusbishi Motors NZ, Radio NZ (with designer Alphero) and Fairfax NZ (for Black Hands).

Webbys executive director Claire Graves said: “We witnessed Webby nominees use the internet in extraordinary ways this year to break down walls, amplify muted voices, discover untold stories, and capture our attention through new innovations that engaged, surprised, and inspired us.”

“From the thousands of global entries submitted, fewer than 10% were selected as nominees.”

“The Webby Awards is honoured to recognize the hard work and efforts of our Nominees this year who took creativity, passion, and wonder to new heights and have truly brought out the best in the Internet.”

The Webbys shattered records this year, receiving more than 13,000 entries from all 50 US states and 70 countries worldwide. From the thousands of global entries submitted, fewer than 10% were selected as nominees.

The organisations earning the highest number of nominations this year include: Vice Media (29), Condé Nast (26), National Geographic (22), Google (19), Turner (18), Viacom (15), BBC (14), Disney (12), HBO (11), NBC (10), WNYC (10), Univision (10), Meredith (9), The Washington Post (9), PBS (9), Playdead (7), First Look Media (6), The Guardian (6), Funny or Die (5), Bloomberg (5), Spotify (5), Smithsonian (5), and Blizzard Entertainment (5).

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 28 April 28, and celebrated at an awards show hosted by comedian Amber Ruffin on Monday 14 May at Cipriani Wall Street.

  • Fans can watch the full awards show and all the show highlights the next day, on Tuesday 15 May 15 at and on the Webby Awards video channel.
  • For a complete list of nominees and to vote for the People’s Voice Awards, please visit

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