It has been a fantastic year for the BiBs! Thousands of votes were cast in March and April for each of the 12 categories. Everyone shortlisted in the 2016 Brilliance in Blogging awards was noted for their innovative and highly engaging blogging and social media by their readers and peers.
The shortlists of 10 bloggers in each category went down to 5 finalists by a combination of the public vote and selection by the BritMums team. These blogs represent the best in their niches and BritMums applauds them all for the heart and effort they put into the blogging and social media they do.
Each year it gets harder and harder to choose a winner. Increasingly new blogs are being launched, our community is growing and our more established bloggers are raising their game and levelling up year on year. To have reached the final 5 in each category is a massive achievement, but there can only be one winner…
The winners are chosen by industry judges based on selective criteria: aesthetics, the quality of the content, unique voice and exceptional quality in each category. The 2016 Brilliance in Blogging awards were announced at the BiBs ceremony on Saturday 25 June at BritMums Live.
AND THE WINNERS ARE…
This award celebrates the newbies in the blogging world. The blogger’s actual age doesn’t figure; rather it’s their fresh approach to blogging and social media – with content, pictures, video and voice that makes the rest of us take notice. Blog should be less than 18 months old, or recently relaunched.
Winner: Emma Critchley, Island Living 365
The award for blogs good enough to eat. These nominees have a knack for writing about food, recipes and the rituals of eating, often accompanied by mouth-watering images. Yum!
Winner: Emily Leary, A Mummy Too
The content, the voice, the infectious enthusiasm of these bloggers encourages everyone around them. They are seen as leaders in their field and their inspiration is felt through the community.
Winner: Michelle Reeves, The Joy Chaser
It’s not just about blogging. Think of your entire social media footprint: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, G+, Pinterest with a little Vine thrown in for good measure. Heck, you may not even have a blog, but the Internet knows who you are.
Winner: Vicki Psarias-Broadbent, Honest Mum
Most blogs have writing at their core. But some blogs feature writing that makes it hard to stop reading. Whether a blog reads like a compelling bestseller or gorgeous poetry, this award celebrates the words on the page.
Winner: Prabs, Absolutely Prabulous
These bloggers harness the power of video and marry it with compelling viewpoints, informative how-tos or just compulsively watchable clips. At their heart, vloggers are real people having a chat with you.
Winner: Anna Whitehouse, Mother Pukka
Family travel blogging runs the gamut from round-the-world travelogues to just-down-the-road outings. Blogs in this category are passionate about travel and discovery and it shows, via pictures, evocative descriptions and a realistic perspective of travelling with kids.
Winner: Cathy Winston, Mummy Travels
These bloggers combine classic photography skills with an eye for creativity and an interest in harnessing the latest photo blogging tools.
Winner: Amber Wilde, The Goblin Child
Beauty & Fashion
This is for all you fashion and beauty lovers. To paraphrase Coco Chanel, a fashion blogger’s site should be two things: classy and fabulous. Bloggers in this category have both. Being a parent adds an interesting dimension to fashion and beauty coverage – combining a world view with a catwalk view.
Winner: Fritha Tigerlilly, Tigerlilly Quinn
Art, Craft & Design
They stitch, they glue and so much more, and they tell us how to do it. We marvel at the creativity of these bloggers and — along with our crafty kids — are grateful recipients of their expertise and knowledge.
Winner: Maggy Woodley, Red Ted Art
These blogs that share the laughter and tears of family life, telling stories that elicit a-ha’s and understanding from all of us. They are honest and open about the realities of family life and we love them for it.
Winner: Natalie Mudd, Mum in Brum
For blogs that grab your attention and won’t let go, with great design, great writing, great images — the entire package. Once we find these blogs, we fall in love.
Winner: Fiona Cambouropoulos, Coombe Mill
Our special vote went to a social influencer with a massive following, a great eye and a passion for her craft.
Winner: Ali Clifford, Incredibusy
The winner is picked from the winners of each of the other categories – the best of the best!
Winner: Vicki Psarias-Broadbent, Honest Mum