I was on a judging panel a few weeks back for the Orange Digital Election Awards which seeks to recognise the best (and worst) of the digital contributions to the recent general election campaign. The awards will be announced formally later today an event in Westminster but I am pleased to be able to give a sneak preview of the winners now:
Best use of Digital Campaigning by a Political Party: Conservative Party.
Merit Award: Labservatives campaign by the Liberal Democrats.
Best independent use of digital campaigning: The Straight Choice
Merit Award 1: Youfundme
Merit Award 2: HopenotHate
Best use of Twitter: #Nickcleggsfault (Congratulations to Nick Barlow)
Funniest use of Digital media: MyDavidCameron.com
Worst use of digital campaigning: Labour’s Ashes-to-Ashes ‘back to the 80s’ crowdsourced poster.
Demerit Award 1: Cash Gordon
Demerit Award 2: Kerry McCarthy tweeting postal votes in advance of the election
Best use of Digital Campaigning by a Candidate: Lynne Featherstone MP
Merit Award 1: Anthony Calvert (Ed Balls' Tory opponent)
Merit Award 2: Stella Creasy MP
It was great fun to be involved with selecting the winners (over a long lunch in a nice restaurant - thanks Orange!)
Congratulations to all the winners!
UPDATE: Anthony Painter who was the chair of the judges has also produced a report for Orange which contains a full analysis of how digital media affected the election. You can find it here.