The awards ceremony for Niagara’s first-ever social media awards The Socials will take place Monday night at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Niagara Falls.
The finalists span through eight categories: top social media account, best social media campaign, best in photography, best in video, best personal blog, best in journalism, best in events and promotions and best in engagement.
Matt Guarasci, creator of the Socials, said the judging criteria will be based on four main factors: creativity, originality, authenticity and engagement.
“It was tough trying to decide the top seven of each award category as there was such a wide variety of talent,” he said.
As event co-ordinator, he has stripped his right to vote to avoid any bias in the competition.
The award ceremony and dinner will start at 6 p.m.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is located at 6700 Fallsview Blvd.
Tickets are $100 and will include admission to the award ceremony, a three-course dinner at world-renowned Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Lounge, unlimited wine at the table and one complimentary beverage ticket. There will also be an after party with live music and beverages.
The event is open to all nominees, applicants and the general public.
Here are the nominees:
Top social media page: Oast House Brewers, Jessica Wilson, Nicole Court, Gianmarco Raimando, Jessica Silvestri, Saifya Aboaen, Nintendo Girl
Best social media campaign: Enterprise, The Shaw Festival, Community Care of St. Catharines, Christian DiStefano, the Seaway Mall, Brimstone Brewing, Duliban Insurance Brokers
Best personal blog: Aim Outside, Alex Kazam, Mind Muscle Connection, Rise Above, Anime Uproar, Mark Campbell, YWCA.
Best in video: Anime Uproar, Safina Abaoen, Revel Realty, Ryan Skursky (Skursky Productions), Dalton Steele, Nick Mirka, Tanner Sawatzky.
Best in photography: Courtney Michaud, Dave Amos, Joshua McMillan, Keepgood Co., Aim Outside, Josh Bellingham, Michelle Bruce.
Best in journalism: The Sound Publishing Company, Danny Lamb, Danielle MacDougall (Giant FM), Debi (Connecting Niagara), Krav Grill, Wendy Leard, Wealth 4 Self.
Best in events and promotion: Haunt Manor, Seaway Mall, First Ontario Performing Arts Centre, 91.7 Giant FM, Greg Frewin, Mo Mondays, United Way Niagara.
Best in engagement: Angela Osborne, Mahtay Cafe, Nintendo Girl, The Shaw Festival, Jessica Wilson, Nicole Court, Revel Realty.