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The .INFO Award: Afilias is offering EUR18,000 in prize money

To mark the fifth anniversary of the .INFO domain, internet registry Afilias has launched a competition to find the best .INFO web sites in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and is offering EUR18,000 in prize money for the winning entries.

MUNICH - September 2006 - From September 21 to October 12, owners of .INFO domains in Germany, Austria and Switzerland can enter their web sites for the .INFO Award 2006. Prizes are to be awarded to sites in the categories Information/News, Design, Media, Science, and Business.

A five-member jury panel will make a preliminary selection by the middle of October from the entries received. Adjudication criteria will include information presentation, functionality, design, navigation and originality of the web sites submitted. The final selection will then be left to web users. They will be asked to vote for their personal favorites from a shortlist published on the Web.

The winners will be announced on the Web and in the internet industry newspaper INTERNET WORLD Business. The winning site will be awarded EUR10,000 in prize money; the second and third-placed entries will receive EUR5,000 and EUR3,000 respectively. Web users, too, will be rewarded for taking part in the vote: The company 1&1 Internet AG will be offering a number of Pocket Web PDAs and premium web hosting packages as prizes for voters.

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