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AOP announces Winners for the Digital Publishing Awards 2021

Published: 17 Sept 2021

London, UK, 17th September 2021 – The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) celebrated the digital publishing industry’s top talent in a combined virtual and in-person awards ceremony held yesterday.


AOP’s flagship event, organised in partnership with PubMatic, and hosted by comedian Maisie Adam, was a hybrid event with 57 finalists present at The Ham Yard Hotel in London and other attendees watching a live-streamed broadcast. The industry’s most renowned annual celebration recognises the successes of individuals, publishers, advertisers, agencies, and suppliers who set the highest standard for digital publishing excellence.


“We are thrilled to bring so many success stories to light despite what has been an exceptionally challenging year,” commented Richard Reeves, Managing Director at AOP. “The media landscape continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace, but it is vital we take the time to recognise how hard the publishing industry continues to work. Our awards acknowledge those who are truly dynamic trailblazers, have inspired positive change, and raised the benchmark for creativity across the digital media space.”


Emma Newman, EMEA, CRO at PubMatic commented: “Over the last year, we have seen the industry adapt, innovate and reach new heights in audience understanding, and the exceptional list of entries across this year’s award categories is testament to that. We’re pleased to be able to support AOP’s Digital Publishing Awards again this year as it’s such an important event to recognise and celebrate the sheer volume of resilience in the industry.”


The awards saw Caroline Wilson from the Herald win The Local Hero Award, sponsored by Google News Initiative, Alastair McLellan from Health Service Journal win Editor of The Year, while Project Body Love won Best Publisher-led Social Good Initiative.


The full list of winners is as follows:


Individual Excellence Awards


Team Excellence Awards


Publishing Excellence Awards


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