2013 Best Australian blogger named as food blogger Sneh Roy
Sneh Roy has won the annual Best Australian Blogs Competition for her cooking blog Cook Republic.
The winners of the 2013 competition were announced by the Australian Writers Centre today with winners across five categories of lifestyle/hobby, commentary, personal/parenting, words/writing and business awarded.
Roy took out the overall competition with competition coordinator Rose Powell describing her blog as: “an outstanding example of the professionalism in the Australian blogosphere. It’s a beautiful and user-friendly blog full of stories and recipes.”
The People’s Choice winner was Chris Lang from the blog Home I Own who won with 1,468 votes. Overall 16,350 votes were cast for the people’s choice.
This year’s competition was sponsored by Random House Australia and saw 1,122 blogs entered. Powell said the selection process for finalists was very difficult.
“The judges found that it was a very hard job to pick the 2013 winner because of the quality of the entries,” said Powell.
“With 1,122 blogs to compete with, it’s the unique voices that really stand out. We launched this competition to celebrate Australian blogging, and were richly rewarded this year.”
The winners across the five categories were:
- Lifestyle/Hobby (408 entries): Cook Republic by Sneh Roy, NSW,
- Commentary (119 entries): AusVotes2013, edited Paula Matthewson, ACT,
- Personal/Parenting (350 entries): Reservoir Dad by Clint Greagen, VIC,
- Words and Writing (161 entries): Read in a Single Sitting by Stephanie Campisi, VIC,
- Business (84 entries): ABN herBusiness edited by Suzi Dafnis, NSW,
The Best Australian Blogs Competition had over $18,000 worth of prizes include writing courses, books and a cash prize.
There were also special awards for smaller blogs and outstanding posts.
The winners of these categories were:
- Outstanding New Blog: Hello May, edited by Sophie Lord for her gorgeous new wedding blog:
- Outstanding Advocacy Post: Livonne Larkins for a post on domestic violence and how this played a part in the passing of her little girl.
- Outstanding Humorous Post: Ben Pobjie for his post announcing he’s running for Prime Minister:
- Outstanding Use of Photography: Christina Soong-Kroeger for her travel and food photography in this post: