Art.com and HowStuffWorks.com, the two Triangle web sites nominated for Webby Awards, won’t have to send representatives to San Francisco to see if either won.
The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences says it is canceling the seventh annual awards show due to economic concerns and worries about travel created by events such as SARS and the war on terror. The event had been set for June 5.
Instead, the Webbys will be announced over the Net.
“With our nominees now reflecting a truly global web, we’re facing new considerations, especially in light of everything that’s going on in the world,” said Maya Draisin, executive director of the Academy. “Presenting the awards in San Francisco without all of the nominees present is not true to the spirit of the Webbys, so we decided to bring the Webby Awards to them instead.”
Nearly 90 percent of the nominees are from outside of San Francisco.
Art.com and How Stuff Works were nominated and made the final five in separate categories — Commerce and Science.
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