The 18th Annual Webby Award winners are in, with winners ranging form Jimmy Kimmel to the Jamaican Bobsled team to Tumblr.

The awards were established in 1996 as a way to honour “excellence on the internet”, with the awards broken down into categories and the winners selected by a panel of judges which this year included Tumblr Founder David Karp, House of Cards producer and star Kevin Spacey, and media mogul Arianna Huffington.

The Webby People’s Voice Awards are selected by Internet users from more than 200 countries around teh world, with more than 500,000 people voting this year.

The awards have come under criticism for their “pay-to-enter” and “pay-to-attend” policy, where winners and nominees have to pay $295 to enter, and pay again to attend the ceremony, therefore excluding most of the web from nominations. Some have even called the awards a scam. However, Webby Awards executive claim this helps the judging process avoid becoming to unwieldy, and they are the only awards the web has…

Highlights of the Webby Awards 2014

Best News Website

The New York Times

best Writing (Editorial)

The New Yorker

Best Magazine

Wired

Best Science website

Nautilus

Best News and Information (People’s Voice)

Vsauce

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lawrence Lessig

Best Social Game

QuizUp

Best Use of Mobile

Vine

Best User Experience, Best Visual Design: Function

Medium

Best Entertainment Channel

Vimeo

Best Travel Website, Best Travel App

Airbnb

Best Community Website, Best Social Application

Tumblr

Webby Breakout of the Year

Kickstarter

Webby Athlete of the Year

The Jamaican Bobsled Team (crowdfunded trip to Sochi)

Best Viral Video

Jimmy Kimmel Reveals “Worst Twerk Fail EVER: Girl Catches Fire” Prank

Best Music (Film and Video)

Arcade Fire’s “Just a Reflektor”

Best use of Interactive Video (Both Webby and People’s Voice Award)

Pharrell Williams’s 24 Hours of Happy

Best Viral Marketing, Best Online Commercial, Best Branded Entertainment Short Form

“The Epic Split” with Jean-Claude Van Damme

Best Comedy: Long form or series (Both Webby and People’s Voice Award)

Funny or Die’s Between two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Justin Bieber

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