The Big Chip Awards 2012 cover everything from animation to iPhone app and website design spread over 16 different categories. Shortlisted entries will also be considered for four special awards: the Big Chip Digital Agency Award (opens in new tab); the Anthony Wilson Modern Award (opens in new tab); the Tasty Website Award (opens in new tab) and the Grand Prix (opens in new tab) -- the top prize for that given year.
Agencies outside the North and the UK can also submit entries for the Big Chip International Award for Innovation (opens in new tab).
Big Chip Awards 2012 categories
- Best E-Business Project (opens in new tab)
- Best Public Sector Project (opens in new tab)
- Best Not for Profit Project
- Best Mobile Project
- Best Use of Visual Design
- Best Application of Technology
- Best Use of Animation
- Best Use of Search (opens in new tab)
- Best Use of Social Media
- Best Use of Gaming
- Best Digital Marketing Campaign (opens in new tab)
- Best On-line Brand Development (opens in new tab)
- Best Newcomer
- Best Established Freelancer/Micro Enterprise (opens in new tab)
- Big Green Chip Award (opens in new tab)
- Little Chip Student Award
To be considered for an award, creative agencies will need to submit their entries by Monday 5 March 2012. The first two entries are free, with subsequent entries costing £85 each. The Awards will be presented at the Palace Hotel, Manchester (opens in new tab) on Thursday 5 July 2012. A How To Guide for entries (opens in new tab) is available as a downloadable PDF.
Previous Big Chip winners
If you're lucky enough to be shortlisted or even win a Big Chip Award, you'll be joining some illustrious company. Last year, Macclesfield-based Matmi (opens in new tab), scooped five awards ranging from Best Mobile Project and Best Digital Marketing Campaign to the Big Chip Digital Agency Award and even the Grand Prix. It was also awarded the Best Online Development award for its work on Gorillaz: Escape To Plastic Beach (see main image)
The Big Chip Awards 2012 has been organised by trade association Manchester Digital (opens in new tab) with support from Liverpool Vision (opens in new tab) and Newcastle-based Codeworks (opens in new tab).