Time for a pre-ceremony selfie at Wales Blog Awards!

Best in Wales are celebrated at blog awards

Bloggers from across Wales take top awards at prestigious event

The Wales Blog Awards has celebrated the best amateur bloggers in Wales at the fourth annual event in Cardiff.

Thirty two finalists gathered at Chapter Arts Centre, Canton on Thursday 15th May to see who had scooped the top prizes.

Alice Roythorne from Cardiff took the most coveted award of the evening – winning the People’s Choice ‘Best Blog’ Award for her moving blog aliceroythorne.wordpress.com, which tracks her personal journey through cancer.

Alice also wins the opportunity to feature as a guest writer on Wales Online, and will have four columns published on the lifestyle opinion section of the website.

She said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to win the People’s Choice award – it means so much to me knowing that those who read my blog care enough to vote for me. I started writing this blog as a way to help me get to grips with my illness and it became a real crutch for me. It’s overwhelming to think that my journey has touched other people and I’m so grateful for their support.”

The Wales Blog Awards aim to highlight creative and interesting writing on a range of subjects, including food and drink, sport and entrants’ local communities.

The Wales Blog Awards 2014 received over 300 entries from across the country, which the judges whittled down to a final shortlist of 32.

The Wales Blog Awards 2014 winners were:

‘Onion Custard Publishing’ Best Writing on a Blog
Alice Morgan

‘Warwick Emanuel PR’ Best Political Blog
Blog Menai

’60 Second Films’ Best Community Blog
Roath Cardiff

‘Natural Health Clinic’ Best Lifestyle Blog
The Lady is a Revamp

‘Stills Branding’ Best Technology Blog
Social Bull

‘Sporting Wales’ Best Sports Blog
The Swansea Way

‘Rockadove’ Best Multimedia Blog
Drowning Dogs

‘Carrick Creative’ Best Music and Entertainment Blog
Cat on the Wall

‘Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa’ Best Food & Drink Blog
Hungry City Hippy

‘Chapter Arts Centre’ Best New Blog
Hungry City Hippy

‘Media Wales’ People’s Choice Best Blog
Alice Roythorne

Judging the awards were past winner Ruth Davies, Lorna Doran and Chris Pike from Wales Online, PR and Media Manager at St John Cymru Wales Katie Chappelle, Account Director at Stand Agency Lara Hallett and Abi Williams from Warwick Emanuel PR.

Warwick Emanuel PR set up the Wales Blog Awards in 2010 and organises them in conjunction with Media Wales. The company sees the event as a way to support and encourage everyone who wants to write and publish online the things about which they feel passionate.

Cardiff-based Warwick Emanuel PR was set up in 2001 by business partners Elizabeth Warwick and Wynford Emanuel. The company specialises in the energy, utility, social housing and business to business sectors.

Who gets your vote for the People’s Choice Award?

The finalists have been announced and now it’s your chance to have your say at the Wales Blog Awards 2014.

Voting has now opened for the People’s Choice Award and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 30 April.

The winner will be announced at the ceremony on Thursday 15 May.

Here’s a reminder of this year’s shortlisted finalists.

Vote for your favourite here

We are Cardiff

Wales Blog Awards 2014 finalists are announced

The Wales Blog Awards 2014 judging panel has announced the shortlist of finalists for the fourth annual celebration of amateur writing talent.

Over 300 entries were received for the competition from across the country and the judges have now whittled these down to a shortlist of 32 blogs.

This year, the judges have included an ‘honourable mention’ for some outstanding blogs that didn’t make the shortlist, but deserved special recognition.

The Wales Blog Awards aim to highlight creative and interesting writing on a range of subjects, including food and drink, sport and entrants’ local communities.

All of the finalists will now be put forward for the People’s Choice Award and members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite, through the Wales Blog Awards website www.walesblogawards.co.uk

Voting will open on Monday 14 April and close on Wednesday 30 April.
The shortlisted blogs for the Wales Blog Awards 2014 are:

‘Onion Custard Publishing’ Best Writing on a Blog
Alice Morgan
What’s the Pont
Neverending List

‘Warwick Emanuel PR’ Best Political Blog
Blog Menai
Oggy Bloggy Ogwr
Carmarthen Planning

‘60 second films’ Best Community Blog
Cwmbran life
Roath Cardiff
Tongwynlais

‘Natural Health Clinic’ Best Lifestyle Blog
Walking the Blog
Fit as a Flea
The Lady is a Revamp

‘Stills Branding’ Best Technology Blog
Social Bull
SEOno
Computing: The Science of Nearly Everything

‘Sporting Wales’ Best Sports Blog
Run my own Way
The Swansea Way
Girl on the River

Honourable mention to Snowed In

‘Rockadove’ Best Multimedia Blog
Drowning Dogs
Blakeson Mash up
Hello Telegramme

Honourable mention to Gwead

‘Carrick Creative’ Best Music and Entertainment Blog
Dylan Thomas News
Cat on the Wall
Wales in the Movies

‘Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa’ Best Food & Drink Blog
Hungry City Hippy
Gourmet Gorro
Easy Teas

‘Chapter Arts Centre’ Best New Blog
Learner Mother
Fit as a Flea
The Lady is a Revamp
Hungry City Hippy
Alice Roythorne

The Wales Blog Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 15 May at Chapter Arts Centre, Canton. Tickets will be available from the box office for £12, which includes a welcome drink and food reception.

Abi Williams, Wales Blog Awards judge said: “Once again we have received an exceptionally high standard of entries and I was overwhelmed by the quality of writing talent that we have here in Wales. It’s never easy making the decision about who should make the shortlist, and this year was even tougher. All those mentioned above should be incredibly proud as they stood out as the very best blogs in Wales.

“Unfortunately we are not able to reward everyone, and this year we felt that there were some blogs who just missed out on the shortlist that we thoroughly enjoyed reading. As a team we decided to recognise these with an honourable mention, which just goes to show how the standard of blogs we’re seeing keeps getting higher!”

Warwick Emanuel PR set up the Wales Blog Awards in 2010 and organises them in conjunction with Media Wales. The company sees the event as a way to support and encourage everyone who wants to write and publish online the things about which they feel passionate.

Cardiff-based Warwick Emanuel PR was set up in 2001 by business partners Elizabeth Warwick and Wynford Emanuel. The company specialises in the energy, utility, social housing and business to business sectors.