Hey everyone, and welcome to the 5th Annual Emote Awards!
A lot has happened in the past year, and it's time once again to commemorate those awesome people that helped make it happen! And it can only be done with the help from you and the rest of the community! So I'll stop blabbering on and move right on to the important stuff.
Each phase of voting will last three weeks. The nomination phase will last from January 1st, 12 AM EST, until January 22nd, 11:59 PM EST, the voting phase period will be determined and announced at a later date. Any nominations and votes cast outside of these time frames, within reason, will not be counted.
Since the host this year is Waluigi-Prower, I cannot be nominated for or win any category. However, any groups that I am an admin in can be nominated for Best Emote-Related Group.
You cannot nominate or vote for yourself.
You can nominate anywhere between 1 and 5 people per category, but you can only vote for 1 nominee per category.
Please send all votes via note to TheEmoteAwards. Any notes sent to anywhere else may be accidentally overlooked, and therefore left uncounted. Click here to get an optional nomination voting template for you to use, graciously sent to us by dully101!
When you nominate / vote for someone, you can write down the reasons why you're voting for that person, although it isn't required for you to do so.
The period of eligibility for all nominations is from January 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013. All eligible emoticons were submitted in that time-frame, and any nominees for "Best New Emoticonist" will have submitted their first emoticon in that time-frame. For the categories relating to emoticonists, those that are nominated must also have been active for at least part of 2013.
Any winners of the previous Emote Awards cannot win the same category as they did last year, however, they can win any other category. If a category was not in last years Emote Awards, or if someone has won a category in any year besides 2012, this rule does not apply.
In the case of a tie in the number of votes for a winner of a category, a recast will be held for one extra week after the voting phase.
Any questions on the rules can be asked in the comments or noted to TheEmoteAwards and will be addressed as quickly as possible.
Best Animated Emoticonist - The emoticonist that has best displayed their capabilities in animated emotes for 2013.
Previous Winners: Web5teR (2012), Krissi001 (2011), Droneguard (2010), CookiemagiK (2009)
Best Static Emoticonist - The emoticonist that has made the largest impact with non-animated emotes in 2013.
Previous Winners: Synfull (2012), happy-gurl (2011), Indae (2010), Seiorai (2009)
Best Chat-Friendly Emoticonist - The emoticonist that's created some of the best emotes in the Chat Friendly category in 2013.
Previous Winners: BlissfullySarcastic (2012), Mirz123 (2011), CookiemagiK (2010), zachriel (2009)
Best Visual Purpose Emoticonist - The emoticonist with the best Visual Purpose emotes of 2013.
New category, so no previous winners.
Best New Emoticonist - The best emoticonist that submitted their first emotes within the last year.
Previous Winners: MerelyCubed (2012), OnionBlaze (2011), LedMaiden (2010), Sinister-Starfeesh (2009)
Best NaNoEmo Participant - The best participant in the NaNoEmo challenge for the year.
Previous Winners: Cmotes (2012)
Community Devoted - The emoticonist that helped the community flourish to an even better state over the course of 2013.
Previous Winners: Mirz123 (2010), Synfull (2009)
Click here to have easy access to most of the emotes submitted in 2013, thanks to Krissi001 and Mirz123 at EmoteWatch!
Best Chat Friendly Emote - The best emote in the Chat Friendly category of the gallery for 2013.
Previous Winners: by IceXDragon (2012), by Blue-Berry-Boy (2011)
Best Visual Purpose Emote - The best emote for the Visual Purpose gallery that was submitted in 2013.
New category, so no previous winners.
Best Emoticon Project - The most amazing project that was started / finished in 2013. Ongoing projects still count, as long as they have had a reasonable amount of activity. Abandoned / unfinished projects will not be counted, sorry!
Previous Winners: by Web5teR, by Phlum (2011)
Best Emoticon-Related Group - The best active group that was centered around emotes for 2013. Note that they do not have to have been founded in 2013, just have to have been active throughout a good part of the year.
Previous Winners: TheEMTC (2012), Emotizine (2011)
Best Emoticon Tutorial - The most informative, helpful, and otherwise best tutorial that was submitted in 2013. Note that news series that can be counted as informative about emotes can also count for this category.
Previous Winners: by ChaosEmeraldHunter (2012), by CookiemagiK (2011)
Emote of the Year - The best of the best, the emote that stood apart from all the rest that was submitted in 2013.
Previous Winners: by a-kid-at-heart (2012), by Indae (2011)
Emoticonist of the Year - The top honor of this awards show, reserved for the best of the best emoticonists throughout the year.
Previous Winners: Web5teR (2012), Krissi001 (2011), Mirz123 (2010), CookiemagiK (2009)
All winners will be announced at the end of the voting phase in a special article.
All winners and nominees will receive a special awards badge to display anywhere they please.
If anyone would like to feature artwork of the winners in their own special feature, please let us know and we'll add your prize to the list! Please note that prizes such as points and icon requests will kindly be declined for official prizes, like last year.
Please remember that just because you aren't an emoticonist, doesn't mean you can't vote or nominate! Feel free to take a look through the respective categories to nominate someone you feel deserves it, and the nominees once they're decided!
Thank you very much for reading, good luck to you all, and we hope to look forward to our 5th great awards show in a row!