AOP announces shortlist for 2022 Digital Publishing Awards

The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) has today announced the shortlist for the 2022 Digital Publishing Awards – a celebration of the individuals and teams working to create, deliver, and monetise quality online content.

The awards programme champions talent and excellence across 24 categories and will be judged by a panel of digital industry experts, under the guidance of co-chairs, Amanda Barnes, Chief Executive of Faversham House, and Dominic Carter, Group Chief Commercial Officer of News UK. The winners will be announced at the AOP Awards ceremony on 15 June at Old Billingsgate, London.  

Now in its 20th year, the Digital Publishing Awards – in association with headline partner PubMatic – is celebrating those who have invested in technology and talent to deliver first-class journalism, innovation, and all-round digital excellence. This year has seen an exceptional list of submissions from new and returning entrants, across b2b, b2c, national and regional publishers, as well as from supporting teams including ad ops, sales and editorial.   

Richard Reeves, Managing Director at AOP comments: “Over the past year, we have seen various publishers implementing new revenue streams and innovating their strategies to respond to changing consumer behaviours, which is reflected in the inspiring award entries we have received. I’m excited to celebrate the hardworking, talented individuals and teams which make up this resilient industry, and I look forward to rewarding their outstanding achievements at our in-person awards ceremony in June.” 

“Despite the positive overall performance of the digital publishing industry, we should not ignore the fact that it has been a particularly challenging year for the sector and digital publishers have had to work harder, and smarter, than ever before to stay competitive and relevant,” comments Amanda Barnes. “This was demonstrated in this year’s award entries, and I’m honoured to be a judge co-chair, so I can help to put a spotlight on the publishers who have gone above and beyond to deliver the best experience for their audience.”

“The media landscape continues to change at an unparalleled rate, so it’s extremely important that we take the time to recognise the incredible achievements of digital publishers, who have responded to this rapid change with sheer determination and adaptability.  Congratulations to everyone who has made the 2022 shortlist, we look forward to celebrating your successes, and announcing the winners, in June,” says Dominic Carter.  

The full list of finalists is as follows and can also be viewed online here.


Editor of the Year

·      Laurence Mozafari, Digital Spy, entered by Hearst UK

·      Simon Swift, Good Housekeeping, entered by Hearst UK

·      Lily Barclay, bbcgoodfood.comentered by Immediate Media         

·      James Murray, BusinessGreen, entered by Incisive Media    

·      Jonathan Stapleton, Professional Pensions, entered by Incisive Media        

·      Bryan Glick, Computer Weekly, entered by TechTarget        

·      Rosie Blau, 1843 Magazine, entered by The Economist         

Journalist of the Year

·      Harriet Clugston, NationalWorld, entered by JPI Media

·      Karl Flinders, Computer Weekly, entered by TechTarget      

Rising Star

·      Natasa Christofidou, entered by Autovia       

·      Marianna Gould, Delish, entered by Hearst UK         

·      Megan Bull, entered by Hello

·      Chloe Ash, entered by Hello 

·      Mayowa Quadri, entered by VERSUS 

Sales Person of the Year

·      Emily Bird, entered by Immediate Media

·      Lorenzo Del Seppia, entered by Magnite       

·      Felicity King, entered by News UK

·      Matt Slade, entered by Outfit7 Group

·      Graham Douglas, entered by PA Media

·      Jeanette Walker, entered by Independent Digital News and Media 

The Local Hero Award, sponsored by Google News Initiative

·      Charles Thomson, Archant     

·      Kevin Scott, Belfast Telegraph            

·      Rhiannon J Davies, Greater Govanhill CIC      

·      Zak Garner-Purkis, MyLondon            

·      Erin Black, Plymouth Live 

·      Caroline Wilson, The Herald


Advertising Operations Team of the Year, sponsored by Ogury

·      Archant Advertising Operations Team, entered by Archant

·      Digital Operations & Commercial Technology, entered by News UK

·      Octave Ad Ops – Changing The Tyres On Moving Car, entered by Octave Audio

·      Telegraph Media Group

·      Ozone’s Publisher Operations Team, entered by The Ozone Project

Audience Development Team of the Year, sponsored by UKOM

·      The Independent Audience Team, entered by Independent Digital News and Media

·      Mail Metro Media’s Insight Team, entered by Mail Metro Media

·      The Sun, entered by News UK

·      The Times and Sunday Times Audience Team, entered by News UK

Editorial Team of the Year: B2B

·      IT Pro, entered by Future 

·      Campaign, entered by Haymarket

·      The BMJ Journalism Team, entered by The BMJ

Editorial Team of the Year: Consumer

·      GRAZIA, entered by Bauer Media

·      Digital Spy, entered by Hearst UK

·      Women’s Health, entered by Hearst UK

·      HELLO! USA, entered by Hello            

·      BBC Good Food And Olive, entered by Immediate Media

·      PA Media – Night Hawks, entered by PA Media

·      PA Media News Team, entered by PA Media

·      PinkNews

Product Development Team of the Year

·      Foundry Product Development Team, entered by Foundry (Formerly IDG Communications)

·      The Independent’s Product Development Team, entered by Independent Digital News and Media 

·      Counterparty Radar, entered by Infopro Digital

Sales Team of the Year 

·      Foundry (Formerly IDG Communications)

·      Campaign, entered by Haymarket

·      Haymarket Automotive Studio: Keeping Car Brands And Buyers Connected In Turbulent Times

·      Haymarket Media Group’s HBM Recruitment Sales Team

·      Mail Metro Media

·      Independent Commercial Team


Best Creative Solutions Led / Content Marketing Campaign

·      Delivering Electrifying Results For Audi e-tron With Autocar, entered by Haymarket Automotive Studio

·      Thrilling BMW Performance Fans With Autocar, entered by Haymarket Automotive Studio           

·      Project House-Proud for Wickes & The Story Lab, entered by Mail Metro Media

·      Oreo Rush, entered by Outfit7 Group

·      The Big Issue Together With O2: The National Databank Partnership, entered by The Big Issue

·      Take The Droncit Tapeworm Challenge, entered by Vet Times

·      VICE Media Group And Levi’s Sustainability Partnership, entered by VICE Media Group

·      VICE And Paco Rabanne – My 1st Million, entered by VICE Media Group

Best Digital Publishing Innovation

·      B2B Marketing

·      Campaign Advertising Intelligence, entered by Haymarket Media

·      Incisive Nexus, entered by Incisive Media      

·      NationalWorld.comentered by JPI Media

·      Mail Metro Manager Ad Manager, entered by Mail Metro Media

·      Economist Education, entered by The Economist Group       

Best Diversification of Commercial Strategy, sponsored by Google

·      Demand Gen, entered by Autovia      

·      B2B Marketing            

·      BBC Good Food Premium App, entered by Immediate Media

·      The Independent’s A2K Strategy, entered by Independent Digital News and Media

·      The Drum – Open Mic, entered by The Drum

Best Media Technology Partner

·      How Brand Metrics Is Helping Satisfy Buy-Side’s Relentless Demand For Effectiveness Data, entered by Brand Metrics   

·      ID5 ID, entered by ID5

·      LADbible Group Finds Success With Magnite’s Demand Manager, entered by Magnite 

·      Smartlogic, entered by Outbrain

·      Permutive & Insider – First To The Party: Data, Technology And Advertisers, entered by Permutive

·      Sourcepoint + LADbible Group: Partnering To Optimise Compliant Consent And Maximise Revenue, entered by Sourcepoint

·      Sovrn   

·      Ozone – Powering The Premium Web, entered by The Ozone Project

·      video intelligence

Best Publisher-led Social Good Initiative or Campaign, sponsored by Lewis Silkin

·      RetroFirst Campaign, The Architects’ Journal, entered by EMAP

·      MIMS Learning, entered by Haymarket Media Group

·      Women’s Health, entered by Hearst UK

·      InYourArea/Reach – Cash for Connectivity, entered by Reach

·      Stop Mass Homelessness, entered by The Big Issue

Best Research / Insight Project, sponsored by Deloitte

·      Adnami X Lumen – Attentive Valuation: Comparing Attention Across Formats, entered by Adnami           

·      Driver Power Re-Platforming, entered by Autovia

·      Centre For Attention, entered by Mail Metro Media

·      Making Change Happen, entered by Independent Digital News & Media

Best Use of Audio

·      Health & Wellbeing Magazine – Walk To Wellbeing Podcast, entered by DC Thomson

·      The Radio Times Podcast, entered by Immediate Media 

·      Making Charity Donations Easier With Alexa, entered by Octave Audio and Say it Now

·      VICE – Unfiltered History Tour, entered by VICE Media Group

·      Which?, entered by Which?

Best Use of Data

·      CDP, entered by Autovia

·      Bauer Illuminate – Shining A Light On The UK’s Most Vaulable Audiences, entered by Bauer Media Group

·      The Independent’s CRM Strategy, entered by Independent Digital News and Media

·      News UK: Nucleus Personalisation, entered by News UK

·      PA Media

Best Use of Video

·      Hearst UK – Editorial Video Team, entered by Hearst UK

·      BusinessGreen, entered by Incisive Media     

·      PinkNews — The Queer Catch-Up, entered by PinkNews

·      Social Video Acceleration, entered by Reach

·      Covid-19: Why Your Life Will Never Be The Same Again, entered by The Economist Group

The AOP Employer Excellence Award

·      Incisive Media 

·      Ogury

·      Texere Publishing       


Best Online Brand: B2B

·      Building, entered by Assemble Media Group

·      The Architects’ Journal, entered by EMAP     

·      BioTechniques, entered by Future Science Group

·      Campaign, entered by Haymarket

·      Computing, entered by Incisive Media

·      HSJ (Health Service Journal), entered by Wilmington Healthcare

Best Online Brand: Consumer

·      Homes & Gardens, entered by Future

·      Cosmopolitan, entered by Hearst UK

·      bbcgoodfood.comentered by Immediate Media

·      Trusted Reviews, entered by Incisive Media

·      PinkNews

·      The Independent        

Small Digital Publisher of the Year

·      Assemble Media Group

·      B2B Marketing

·      VERSUS 

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