AOP announces Winners of the Digital Publishing Awards 2022

Published: 16 Jun 2022

London, UK, 16th June 2022 The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) celebrated the digital publishing industry’s top talent at its in-person awards ceremony held at Old Billingsgate in London, yesterday.

AOP’s flagship event, now in its 20th year and organised in association with headline partner, PubMatic, was hosted by comedian Sophie Duker. The event showcased the individuals, teams and companies driving the successful growth of the online publishing sector. There were 26 category winners, judged by a panel of experts under the guidance of co-chairs, Amanda Barnes, Chief Executive of Faversham House, and Dominic Carter, Group Chief Commercial Officer of News UK.

“We’re so excited to have welcomed back the Digital Publishing Awards in-person. As the media landscape continues to change rapidly, it’s important we take the time to recognise the companies going above and beyond to deliver the highest possible quality for their audience,” comments Richard Reeves, Managing Director at AOP. “A huge well done to all the inspiring individuals and teams who work so hard to drive creativity and light the way forward through hard work, resilience and determination.”

Emma Newman, CRO, EMEA at PubMatic commented: “The Digital Publishing Awards set the benchmark for excellence in our industry. That’s why we’re so pleased to offer our continued support to the AOP; helping to spotlight the truly exceptional and celebrate their successes of the past year. Congratulations to the winners and everyone shortlisted.”

Among the winners on the night was Karl Flinders from Computer Weekly, who took home Journalist of the Year for his outstanding investigative journalism; breaking the story of the Post Office Scandal and seeing it through to achieve justice for those involved. Brand Metrics won Best Media Technology Partner for its work helping digital publishers achieve better revenues for quality content, and The Big Issue, together with O2, won Best Creative Solutions Led / Content Marketing Campaign.

The full list of winners is as follows:


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, sponsored by Browsi

Small Digital Publisher of the Year

Best Digital B2B Publishing Company 2022, sponsored by PubMatic

Best Digital Consumer Publishing Company 2022, sponsored by PubMatic

Additional details on the AOP Digital Publishing Awards 2022 can be found here


About the Association of Online Publishers

The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) is an industry body representing digital publishing companies that create original, branded, quality content. AOP champions the interests of media owners from diverse backgrounds including newspaper and magazine publishing, TV and radio broadcasting, and pure online media. For more information, please visit