Vote for your favorites – the 17th Annual Webby Award Nominees are Here!

NEW YORK, April 9, 2013 – Tom Hanks, Lena Dunham, Burning Love, Medium, Tumblr, Mashable, Angry Birds Star Wars andHumans of New York are among the pop-culture and Internet superstars nominated for The 17th Annual Webby Awards. Nikeleads all nominations with 17 nods, followed closely by GoogleThe New York Times and HBO with 12 nominations each.

Hailed as the “Internet’s Highest Honor” by The New York Times, this year’s Webby Awards received more than 11,000 entriesfrom over 65 countries globally. From the thousands of entries submitted to The Webby Awards, only seven percent – five in each category – are recognized as Nominees.

While Academy members like Arianna HuffingtonInstagram founder Kevin Systrom and musician David Bowie select the Webby winners, Internet fans from all over the world will also help decide who takes home a Webby by voting in The Webby People’s Voice Awards. Last year, Internet voters cast over 2 million votes, setting a Webby Awards record. Voting is open now until 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursday April 25th at http://pv.webbyawards.com

This year’s winners will be honored at the star-studded ceremony in New York City where they will deliver five-word speeches in the tradition of past victors like Al Gore (“Please don’t recount this vote.”), Jimmy Fallon (“Thank God Conan got promoted”) and Anna Wintour (“Sometimes, Geeks Can Be Chic”). The show will be broadcast online on May 22. Host and venue for the 17th Annual Webby Awards will be announced April 16.

Many of this year’s nominees reflect the ever-growing roll social experiences play in helping consumers discover new content, videos, communities and brands. Others succeed by confirming the significant effect mobile and tablet devices have had in taking Internet access well beyond the typical confines of home and work. From Obama For America (Social Media Campaigns), NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover (Best Overall Social Presence) and Red Bull Stratos (Branded Entertainment) to Netflix (Mobile Media Streaming) and MLB.com At Bat (Mobile Events), the profound impact of social curation and mobile devices on popular culture and business is strikingly evident in this year’s Webby Nominees.

“Every year we are constantly amazed by the innovations Webby Nominees push forward and this year is no exception,” saidDavid-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “This year'”s nominees reflect a new personal and pervasive Internet where friends and people we trust are our curators and mobile devices stretch the network into the most discreet places in our lives. It is truly an Internet made by everyone, accessed from anywhere.”

Projects featuring some of the world’s most talented cultural and creative innovators as well as newly minted Internet stars also earned recognition. Webby Nominees range from superstar Charlize Theron (Charlize Theron Gets Hacked) to Tom Hanks(Electric City Show) and Lady Gaga (Gaga’s Workshop), and Jennifer Hudson (Weight Watchers 360) to breakouts like Chris Hardwick (Chris Hardwick’s All Star Celebrity Bowling) and Lena Dunham (Lena Dunham for Obama for America “First Time”) to favorites like Jerry Seinfeld for “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and Beck for “Hello Again: Beck 360:Experience” its groundbreaking interactive music experience.

Nominees earning multiple nominations include: Nike (17) Google (12), HBO (12), The New York Times (12), NPR (10), BBC (10), TED (9), UNIQLO (8) Pitchfork (7) VICE Media (7), and Funny Or Die (7).

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