Each year the Brilliance in Blogging Awards, aka the BiBs, celebrate the most innovative, interesting and exciting blogging taking place in the community. Thousands of nominations and votes are tallied and we also enlist the help of specialist judges to determine the winner of each category. Our judges are drawn from a variety of backgrounds with a wide range of experience. The unifying trait? They are all passionate about great content, stories and images, shared in novel ways.
The winners of the 2016 BiB Awards will be announced at the BiBs ceremony, which takes place at our BritMums Live Conference. This year’s ceremony will be at The Brewery on Saturday 25 June, 2016.
Travel Perspective – Mark Frary & Steve Keenan
Steve Keenan spent his journalistic career in newspapers, eventually becoming Deputy Travel Editor of The Times in 1999. He moved into digital media a decade ago, as the first online travel editor of a national newspaper. Having introduced social media, video and blogs at both The Times and Sunday Times, he left News International three years ago to co-found Travel Perspective. The consultancy helps travel brands develop digital and social strategies, and Steve speaks regularly at blogger and industry conferences. Travel Perspective has also teamed up with BritMums to create Family Travel Perspective, a collaborative of 10 bloggers, to extend our offering to the travel industry. Elsewhere, Travel Perspective runs the social media seminars at World Travel Market and, in April, 2015, created the first digital/social conference for Britain’s tourism industry, Social Travel Britain. @StevenKeenan
Mark Frary is an award-winning writer, writing frequently about travel, business, education, science and technology. He has written for The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Express, the Independent on Sunday, the Evening Standard, easyJet magazine and Director, as well as business travel publications. He is also co-founder and editor of Public Sector Travel, the publication for travel procurement professionals in government, the NHS and universities. Mark also runs the family travel blog Travelling With The Kids. Mark offers strategic consultancy to travel companies on the use of social media tools, as part of an integrated digital marketing mix. He also curates the social media conference stream at London’s World Travel Market, one of the world’s most important travel exhibitions. He has written several books, including Better Living Through Science: The Basic Scientific Principles You Need to Solve Every Household Conundrum and Freaky Future: An Eye-Popping Glimpse at What the Future May Hold.
Lucy McDonald is a journalist and broadcaster. She has a YouTube channel – crumbs food – and blog of the same name which she writes with her sister Claire. When not speaking or writing about food, she is more often than not eating it.
Tula Karras is a writer and editor who has held staff positions at WebMD, Babycenter.com, Parents, Child magazine, SELF, Seventeen and Good Housekeeping. She has written health, nutrition, investigative and parenting articles for many publications and Websites, including: More, Fitness, Shape, Ladies Home Journal, Woman’s Day, Real Simple, Seleni Institute, Family Circle, and more. She ghostwrote the book UP: How Positive Outlook Can Transform Our Health and Aging by Hilary Tindle, MD, and has won several journalism awards, including a Front Page Award and a Bronze Eddie Award for The Disorder Next Door. She is based in Austin, Texas.
Karen Tippett has 24 years experience in PR, both agency side and as the former Head Of PR at Virgin Holidays. She has worked with many travel and lifestyle brands from tourist boards, hotel groups and tour operators to beauty brands. She opened TippettPR in 2010 offering bespoke client programmes blending classic media relations with fresh campaign creative, social and digital strategy. Current clients include Elite Island Resorts Caribbean, Olympic Holidays and Ultrasun. She frequently works with bloggers in many sectors and created the Blogathon series. She is a 2013, 2014 and 2015 CIPR Excellence & PRide “Outstanding Independent Practitioner” winner. http://www.tippettpr.com/
Louise Candlish was born in Hexham, Northumberland, and grew up in Northampton. She studied English at University College London and worked as an editor and copywriter before writing fiction. She is the bestselling author of eleven novels, most recently The Swimming Pool (2016) and The Sudden Departure of the Frasers (2015), both published by Penguin.
Though her stories are about people facing dark – and sometimes dangerous – situations, Louise tries to get through the day without too much drama of her own. She lives in South London with her husband and daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @louise_candlish or find out more at www.louisecandlish.com.
Nigel Camp is founder of DevilBoy Productions, which specialises in producing film for brands who want a big company experience on an affordable budget. He is also author of the book entitled The Video Effect, which explains how to create quality content with professional advice on production techniques, equipment, storyboarding and content sharing. You can also check out his blogwww.thevideoeffect.tv contains cool video tips. When he’s not working you can find him relaxing on a beach or getting ready for his next snowboard trip.
Gretta Schifano is a freelance journalist and blogger who specialises in family travel. Winner of the BiB travel award in 2014 with her blog Mums Do Travel, she’s a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and previously worked as a BBC radio producer. Gretta lives in Surrey with her husband and their teenage children.
Julia Boggio is creative director of Boggio Studios and one of the UK’s leading wedding and portrait photographers. She is a popular columnist for Photo Professional magazine and has achieved over 30 magazine covers, including Cosmo Bride and You & Your Wedding – the magazine that gave her the Brides’ Choice award in 2010. Julia and her husband James run a family, couple and boudoir portrait studio based in Wimbledon (www.juliaboggiostudios.com), known for its fun and boutique style. Julia was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in Merton in 2010 and 2011, the latter while she was on maternity leave after giving birth to her first child in May. Julia and James are also infamous for their first dance from their wedding on YouTube. Their Dirty Dancing video spurred a worldwide trend in choreographed first dances and they’ve appeared on news shows across the globe, including Richard & Judy, BBC Breakfast and GMTV in the UK, Sunrise TV in Australia, and The Oprah Winfrey Show in the US – where Julia danced with Patrick Swayze. Julia writes about what happened next in her successful mum blog, www.icarriedawatermelon.co.uk.
Beauty & Fashion
Cassie Steer worked at Marie Claire for 8 years before moving to InStyle as Beauty Director. She has covered the catwalk and beauty topics and is a self-confessed new-product junkie. You can find her on Twitter at @Cassie_InStyle.
Art, Craft & Design
Jen Stanbrook is an interiors writer and blogger showcasing great design and style for a family home. Her multi-award winning UK Home Interiors blog, Love Chic Living, features inspiration and ideas about how to create a stylish family home that doesn’t cost the earth and finding home interiors that are accessible. Her home and attic renovation project was recently featured on Houzz; you can check out the posts HERE and HERE.
Ronita Dutta is an award-winning journalist and digital editor with over 15 years experience of writing and editing women’s lifestyle content. She has contributed articles on fashion, health, beauty, relationships, pregnancy and parenting to outlets including The Independent, The Times Higher Education Supplement, BBC Worldwide, iVillage.co.uk, Match.com, Boots.com Bounty.com, Sainsbury’s Magazine, The Weather Channel and Top Tips For Girls. In 2007 she won the Johnson & Johnson award for best online beauty journalist. She is always busy creatively and is currently developing an idea for a children’s TV show. She lives in Islington, London with her 3 year-old son.
See the listing of all the BiBs 2016 Finalists here!