If you have any further questions regarding the awards, say hello on our live chat, which can be found at the bottom right-hand corner of your screenand a member of The Drum team will be able to help out.

About the awards

The Drum Awards for Online Media is the worldwide awards scheme that identifies the most innovative, engaging, and stand-out news and views from across the globe. It also celebrates the best commercial solutions and teams.

The awards are open worldwide to Media owners, editors, journalists, publishers.

Early bird - 20% discount

First entry - £295 + VAT
Second entry - £195 + VAT
Additional entries - £125 + VAT

Standard deadline 
First entry - £350 + VAT
Second entry - £245 + VAT
Additional entries - £165 + VAT

Extended deadline (20% late fee)
First entry - £420 + VAT
Second entry - £294 + VAT
Additional entries - £198 + VAT

Please note that the additional entry discounts will only show once you proceed to checkout. In order to get the additional entry price, please ensure you enter all entries at once.

Early bird deadline: Thursday, February 23, 2023
Official deadline: Thursday, April 6, 2023
Extended deadline: Thursday, April 27, 2023 (20% late fee included)

 We announce the nominees via this website and social channels (make sure to follow us), the winners will later be revealed during our virtual awards ceremony. You will also receive an email notifying you of the results.

Nominations announced on our website and social channels: Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Winners announced via our virtual ceremony: Tuesday, June 13, 2023 - 6.30pm BST

Submitting your entries

To find out exactly how to enter, you can follow this handy guide.

Yes, if you save your entries as you go then you will be able to edit them up until the official entry deadline, via your entry dashboard, follow these steps to edit your entries.

You can pay via credit/debit/AMEX card on our website once your entries have been submitted.

Payments must be received by the entry deadline to qualify for judging.

Yes, you will be able to edit your entries up until the official deadline. 

To edit your entries log on to your 'Dashboard' > 'Awards' > 'Nominations' and edit.

If you are struggling to complete your entries by the official deadline, we can offer a deadline extension to help take the pressure off. Contact the team who will be able to organise this for you.

Please note that there is a 20% late fee on any deadline extensions.

Entry rules

You may enter as many categories as you like, however, each entry must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each - please note that you will only get the additional entry discount if you submit all entries at once. Leave your entries in your basket until you are sure they are complete. Refunds will not be given.

Please note that the discounts will only show once you proceed to checkout.

Entries must have been live to market at some point between March 2022 and March 2023. Entries do not have to be created within this timescale.

All entries submitted must be legal. Any entries containing offensive material will be disqualified. Any entry that has a complaint upheld against it by the Advertising Standards Authority will be disqualified.

The judges reserve the right to re-allocate entries that in their view are entered in an incorrect category. The judges also reserve the right to remove categories where entries do not meet the standard for nomination.

These entries will not be refunded as they will have been judged accordingly.

Judging process

Regardless of budget, size of the project, or scale of the resource, entries will be judged objectively on their own merit. It's a fair playing field for large and small projects.

The jury will be looking for evidence of:

• Clear strategic thinking using research and insights
• Creativity and Innovation
• Tangible results and outcomes  
• Proof of effectiveness and organisational impact  
• Measurement

After the panel has carried out their pre-judging, the judges will meet to discuss the entries and decide on the finalists, commendations, and award winners. The judge's decision is final, and they also reserve the right to move your entry into a category if they feel the project is better suited elsewhere.

After the final deadline, the judging panel will sign an NDA before they are given access to read your submission and view your images, videos, and links.

Sure! You can nominate yourself/colleague/client by completing this form with your details, and a member of The Drum team will be in touch if the application is successful.

We work very hard to make our panels as diverse as possible. We welcome applications from all. More information regarding criteria can be found on the application form.

Please note that we cannot guarantee judges' feedback on individual entries, however, if you would like a better understanding of the process, get in touch via our live chat where you can speak with a member of The Drum team.