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AOP announces shortlist for 2022 Digital Publishing Awards

Published: 27 Apr 2022

London, UK, 27th April 2022: The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) has today announced the shortlist for the 2022 Digital Publishing Awards – a celebration of the individuals and teams working to create, deliver, and monetise quality online content.

The awards programme champions talent and excellence across 24 categories and will be judged by a panel of digital industry experts, under the guidance of co-chairs, Amanda Barnes, Chief Executive of Faversham House, and Dominic Carter, Group Chief Commercial Officer of News UK. The winners will be announced at the AOP Awards ceremony on 15th June at Old Billingsgate, London.

Now in its 20th year, the Digital Publishing Awards – in association with headline partner PubMatic – is celebrating those who have invested in technology and talent to deliver first-class journalism, innovation, and all-round digital excellence. This year has seen an exceptional list of submissions from new and returning entrants, across b2b, b2c, national and regional publishers, as well as from supporting teams including ad ops, sales and editorial.

Richard Reeves, Managing Director at AOP comments: “Over the past year, we have seen various publishers implementing new revenue streams and innovating their strategies to respond to changing consumer behaviours, which is reflected in the inspiring award entries we have received. I’m excited to celebrate the hardworking, talented individuals and teams which make up this resilient industry, and I look forward to rewarding their outstanding achievements at our in-person awards ceremony in June.”

“Despite the positive overall performance of the digital publishing industry, we should not ignore the fact that it has been a particularly challenging year for the sector and digital publishers have had to work harder, and smarter, than ever before to stay competitive and relevant,” comments Amanda Barnes. “This was demonstrated in this year’s award entries, and I’m honoured to be a judge co-chair, so I can help to put a spotlight on the publishers who have gone above and beyond to deliver the best experience for their audience.”

“The media landscape continues to change at an unparalleled rate, so it’s extremely important that we take the time to recognise the incredible achievements of digital publishers, who have responded to this rapid change with sheer determination and adaptability. Congratulations to everyone who has made the 2022 shortlist, we look forward to celebrating your successes, and announcing the winners, in June,” says Dominic Carter.

The full list of finalists is as follows and can also be viewed online here.


Editor of the Year

Journalist of the Year

Rising Star

Sales Person of the Year

The Local Hero Award, sponsored by Google News Initiative


Advertising Operations Team of the Year, sponsored by Ogury

Audience Development Team of the Year, sponsored by UKOM

Editorial Team of the Year: B2B

Editorial Team of the Year: Consumer

Product Development Team of the Year

Sales Team of the Year


Best Creative Solutions Led / Content Marketing Campaign

Best Digital Publishing Innovation

Best Diversification of Commercial Strategy, sponsored by Google

Best Media Technology Partner

Best Publisher-led Social Good Initiative or Campaign, sponsored by Lewis Silkin

Best Research / Insight Project, sponsored by Deloitte

Best Use of Audio

Best Use of Data

Best Use of Video

The AOP Employer Excellence Award


Best Online Brand: B2B

Best Online Brand: Consumer

Small Digital Publisher of the Year

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About the Association of Online Publishers

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