May 6, 2011; Source: Webby Awards | World-wide activism, senior advocacy, and talk platforms highlighting nonprofit initiatives all captured 2011 Webbys for excellence on the internet.

In its 15th year, prizes were given in website design, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile/app categories. Two awards were given in every category. Winners are based on reviews by internet experts, and the first ever the “People’s Voice” awards were presented to sites receiving the most public votes.

In the website design category, nonprofits were well represented. PBS won for top news site in both the Webby and People’s Voice categories, which also included NYTimes, Huffington Post and the Daily Beast.

The nonprofit website, Historypin, a mapping project that seeks to connect people of different generations through pictures, received top honors, with NPR taking the public vote award. Congratulations to AARP for winning the association category’s People’s Voice award., the interactive talk platform, received the education category’s top prize from both pros and the public vote. It also won the Webby for best visual design.

REDU, an effort to “redo, reform and rebuild education” won top Webby honors in the activism website category. It shared first place with Avaaz, an international initiative that took first place in the People’s Voice category. Avaaz is the word for voice in many languages.

Nonprofits were also recognized in the three other categories – interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile/apps. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics Aids Foundation won both the Webby and People’s Voice award for the best video public service in the activism category with the, “Time to Eliminate Pediatric Aids is Now,” production. Kudos to NPR for earning the Peoples Voice first place for news in the mobile phone/app category. All winners, nominees, and agencies are listed on the website above.—Nancy Knoche