NH.com announces winners of best NH Web site contest

MANCHESTER, NH – The Timberland Company’s Web site was chosen as Best of Show at the Eighth Annual New Hampshire Internet Awards March 8th at the Center of New Hampshire, Manchester. NH.com, the state’s premier site for news, information and events, created and hosted the Internet Awards to recognize online excellence in New Hampshire.

The site was recognized in the Best Retail Site category and selected as the Best of Show by the judges from among all of the first place sites.

This year set a record for the event in terms of entries, with 307 sites were nominated in 22 categories, representing every economic sector in the state: health care, automotive, real estate, public service, government, media, retail and service, as well as sites related to schools, kids, manufacturing, hospitality, tourism and business in general. According to event manager Tricia Baker Schmitt, attendance topped last year’s numbers as well.

“This event gets bigger ever year – and the competition gets tougher,” said NH.com New Media Manager Ernesto Burden. That’s a direct reflection of the maturity of the Web as a necessary channel by which to do business, and the fact that New Hampshire companies and design firms got into this playing field early and kept the energy high in terms of growth and innovation.”

Comedian Mike McDonald reprised his role as emcee for a second year. McDonald is a regular in Las Vegas and has appeared on Showtime, HBO, and the Comedy Channel. He has has entertained our troops in over 40 different countries while touring with the USO.

This year’s event also raised awareness of the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD). CHaD staff members were available to answer questions and accept a donation on behalf of the NH Internet Awards to help further the hospital’s use of technology in the care of their pediatric patients.

The Winners

Here are the first place winners in each category. For a complete list of winners, go online at www.nh.com/misc/nhia/winners.html.

Best of show
The Timberland Company

Best retail site
The Timberland Company

Best site for kids
Mite Jr. Monarchs Hockey Team
Earl Studios New Media Agency

Best hospitality site
Ski New Hampshire
Harbour Light Strategic Marketing

Best use of technology
Calypso Communications
Hatchling Studios

Best corporate site
The Timberland Company

Coolest school
Hanover High School

Best building & remodeling site
Construct Design Concrete Studio

Best media site
Seacoast Online
Seacoast Media Group

Best wheels
CDB Motorsports
Streamline Media Studios

Best small retail site
Cymbidium Floral
Brigham Pendleton Design

Best manufacturing site

Outer Limits – large
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Gibbs Studios

Best service business site
Lakes Region Veterinary Hospital
Acorn Creative

Best real estate site
The Michael Bean Group, LLC

Best tourism site
Charmingfare Farm

Best education site
Monarch School of New England
Artstream Studios

Best government site
Manchester Airport

Best small service business site
Sam Ash Music Institute
Varuna Design & Advertising, LLC

Best entertainment site
New Hampshire Film Expo
Streamline Media Studios

Best healthcare site
Hunt Community
Creative Co-op

Outer Limits – small
AF Studios
Wetherbee Creative & Web Design

Webster public service award
Greater Franklin Chamber of Commerce
Hexa Interactive

About the Awards

The New Hampshire Internet Awards (NHIA) is an annual celebration of the talent and creativity of New Hampshire web designers, professionals and hobbyists alike.

NH.com is proud to sponsor this annual event as the leading Web site for New Hampshire visitors, residents and newcomers.

The Awards recognize design, programming, and creativity. All sites are judged by out-of-state Web designers over a one-month period. And the contest culminates in an Awards Gala where the sites are projected on the screen, elegant glass trophies and certificates are presented, designers have the opportunity to network with colleagues and friends, and everyone enjoys good food and drink.