Judges

Calling for Judges

We have being lucky enough to have some of the industry's leading crafters and specialists judge the Australian Web Awards in past years. For those of you who are interested in judging in 2020, we ask that you please send through your preferred area of expertise (User Interface Design, User Experience Design, Content, Development, Accessibility) and/or the category of which you feel best aligns. Categories include; Commercial, Government, Education, Small Business, Not For Profit, eCommerce, startup, Innovation, SEO.

Submissions will be allocated to Judges by 1 March with the expectation of being completed by midnight 15 March. We look forward to hearing from you all. Send your interest to [email protected]

Photo of Michael Zaporozhets - Judging Chair                   UX, UI, Development Michael Zaporozhets - Judging Chair UX, UI, Development

Creative Technologist

Michael is an experienced, cross-functional digital leader, with a broad range of hard and soft skills across software engineering, design, business development & customer experience strategy that have been applied to over a decade of digital experiences. In his ‘off time', Michael collects vintage guitars and dreams up cocktails for his restaurant/bar, Baba Hawker. Connect

Photo of Jarrad Langdon - Development Jarrad Langdon - Development

Jala Design - Director

Jarrad has always had an interest in computers and design. When he was offered an apprenticeship at a local design firm he keenly embraced the opportunity presented to him. After completing several TAFE courses Jarrad’s talents have resulted in success both locally and internationally. The pinnacle of this success was his gold medal in Website Design at the WorldSkills International Competition, Helsinki 2005.
Apart from being the trip coordinator for Jala Design, Jarrad is now passing on his talents to future designers by teaching design skills within TAFE NSW at the Hornsby Campus. Jarrad has also proudly continued to promote Apprenticeships as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador. He continues his involvement with WorldSkills Australia as a board member, regional/national judge, regional/national project designer and International Chief Expert.
Jarrad is a proud member of the Parramatta Eels (cue laughter) and attends all home games on a regular basis. In his spare time, he can be found experimenting with eating new foods, sipping on a black coffee or enjoying quiet drinks with mates. Watch out for his Table Tennis killer slam! Connect

Photo of Stephanie Campanella  - Social Media Stephanie Campanella - Social Media

Summit Digital Founder & Creative Director

Stephanie Campanella is a thought leader focused on motivating creatives to dial into the metrics of their business so they can create recurring profit and freedom. After building two amazing brands in the property/construction niche she's now focused on giving back to the creative industry through her ecosystem of free content and also paid consulting. When Steph's not mentoring creatives so they can thrive - not just survive - she's eating her way through every Mexican restaurant in Sydney whilst wearing Lorna Jane activewear.

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Photo of Anthony Wymond - UI Anthony Wymond - UI

Creative Director & Founder at IGNITE

Anthony is a true native of the digital and design industry. Since his first website back in the year 2000, he’s been in the thick of the rapid evolution of digital, staying across all the major trends and shifts in the industry for 15 years and counting.

He’s on the AGDA Council for Victoria (Australian Graphic Design Association) and is one of a few Australians selected for the CSS Design Awards global judging panel, evaluating the best websites in the world each month.

He’s a fanatic reader of business strategy and design books and has a new-found passion for running marathons. When he’s not busy leading the team at IGNITE, he’s at home teaching his two-year-old daughter to code. Connect

Photo of Daniel Zuccon - SEO Daniel Zuccon - SEO

Operations Director, Optimising.com.au

With over 20 years experience in the industry, Daniel has produced an extensive number of web projects for some of Australia’s largest brands. His passion and interest for web development originated from building his first website in 1998 (in exchange for a skateboard, no less!) to running many successful boutique eCommerce stores and large online communities.

Since then, Daniel made the leap of co-founding Optimising, the specialist SEO Agency that we know today. From its humble beginnings, the team has grown from a two-man enterprise to a large core team, growing into a highly respected digital agency.

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Photo of Sophia Sorensen - Social Media & Content Sophia Sorensen - Social Media & Content

Creative Copywriter

Creative copywriter and self-proclaimed lamington eating champion, Sophia sits within Insight Social Media's creative team. Known as the "ideas woman", Sophia spends most of her week laying the foundations for digital campaign concepts, writing clever copy and developing her clients voice. Inspired by originality and authenticity, she strives for personal and creative growth – and truly believes that great copy can be the foundation of a successful brand.

Sophia enjoys a challenge; whether it be a wordy game of scrabble, an IKEA flatpack or just actually taking her washing off the line. 

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Photo of Sharon Latour - Content Sharon Latour - Content

CEO • Marketing Bee
Sharon Latour is an experienced marketing professional and founder of Sydney-based award-winning agency Marketing Bee.  Her team specialises in powerful emerging digital strategies that connect with customers and grow business.

With a focus on high-growth privately owned businesses, Sharon is a valued advisor to her clients' boards. Marketing Bee have trademarked a unique program called Hivernate that supplies SMEs and mid-tier companies with cutting edge agency and marketing services they can manage from anywhere in the world. We deliver brand awareness, increased profitability and lower resource costs whilst retaining quality, engagement and impact.

Marketing Bee works across:
- The food and beverage sector
- The pet industry and related sectors
- CPG, FMCG and media sectors


Sharon's clients range from privately-owned enterprises to corporate structures that operate globally.  Connect

Photo of Eddy Eau - Development Eddy Eau - Development

Managing Director of Square18.com.au

Eddy co-founded Square18.com.au in 2004. He has an I.T management and consulting background in many tier one organisations prior to starting Square18.com.au. 

Eddy started his career as a Software Engineer, progressed to Business Analyst and later was appointed an I.T Operational Manager. He has worked with illustrious companies such as Telstra, ISA Technologies, Alpha West and later Snap Franchising Ltd. 

In 2018 Eddy was appointed as the Brand Ambassador of I Need Decking (marketing agency of Baumart Holding ASX: BMH). He is also currently consulting on a few of projects related to IoT.

Eddy found the methodology of S.V.S - the ultimate component of Square18 Business Process. The methodology has put Square18.com.au as the pioneer in the digital economy, and thus that how the name of "The Digital Economist" is known. In 2017 and 2019, Eddy was one of the judges for the Australian Web Awards judging Development.

Photo of Felicity Selkirk - UX Felicity Selkirk - UX

Director Website Projects Pty Ltd

With 15 years industry experience, Felicity Selkirk is the founder of Website Projects, a digital development agency focussed on building successful, robust online businesses.

An expert in user experience and front end design, Felicity is a highly motivated champion of digital technologies and has developed digital solutions covering telehealth, education, ecommerce and application development.

With an international client base Felicity has developed an extensive understanding of what it takes for businesses to succeed in a competitive online marketplace. Connect

Photo of Michael Bollig - UX Design Michael Bollig - UX Design

Senior Digital and Experience Design Consultant at Empired Ltd

Michael's approach to web is a bit unconventional—in a good way. Currently Senior Design and User Experience Consultant at Empired, his approach to digital takes on a more holistic and strategic approach that focuses on brand, experience and inclusive design. He has been involved with the Australian Web awards for seven years—first as an entrant, and now as a judge.

Michael spends his days applying design principles to projects, writing killer front­-end code, keeping clients happy and drinking coffee, and his nights fighting crime getting his five and three year olds to giggle uncontrollably. When he has time to rant, you can find him at @tweetbollig. Connect

Photo of Chris Burke - Accessibility 
Chris Burke - Accessibility

Digital Consultant

Chris is a senior digital consultant with a wealth of experience finding innovative outcomes for clients across various sectors, including: banking, retail, NFP, government, education, health and startups.

Chris founded Otaku Digital in 2009 and has worked to position the brand as a leader in consulting - his creative mindset, technical know-how, and analytical nature have embedded me as an innovative digital thinker.

Championing user experience and web accessibility, Chris has been a judge at the past two Australian Web Awards, as well as a guest presenter on accessibility at Academy Xi.  Connect

Photo of Guennadi Moukine - Content Guennadi Moukine - Content

Sports Partnership Marketing Lead -Acronis

I'm a former web developer and a web hoster, who moved into journalism, and then corporate communications. I'm currently part of a MacCom team in a global data protection company, Acronis. I'm responsible for content management, product messaging consistency, and helping partners achieve best results through explaining complex products in a simple language.

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Accessibility Simon Wong - Content & Accessibility

Founder and Director - Team Content


Simon (or Wongy, if you prefer) has been producing content since he was 18 months old.
While his choice of media at the time (freshly-painted living room walls) didn't exactly meet his parents’ approval, things did get better.
The first piece of effective content he remembers creating was to a girl in kinder, asking her to go out with him. (Thank you for getting his career off to a great start, Azlina.)
After that, there was no turning back.


He’s helped build brands from telcos to trucks and from shampoo to shorts, in markets as diverse as Singapore, Saipan, New Zealand and New Caledonia. And he’s worked on content for everything from apps to television commercials.
Simon left Deloitte Digital (where he was Melbourne Content Lead) to start Team Content at the end of 2016, and now spends his days (and many nights) helping clients with their content strategy solutions, as well as creating engaging content for all forms of digital media.
He's spoken at CSForum, a global content strategy conference, and has been on the judging panel at both the Australian Web Awards and AMY Awards.
It's a career that has taken him across four continents, given him some shiny pieces of metal to put on his mantlepiece and, most importantly, helped him feed his family.
What more can a guy ask? Connect

Photo of Steven Ram - UI & UX Design Steven Ram - UI & UX Design

ZAAAX Design Web Design & Development

Photo of Sarah Jee Watson - UX Design Sarah Jee Watson - UX Design

Photo of Dr. Hasan Alameer  -Accessibility Dr. Hasan Alameer -Accessibility

Photo of Tristan Strathearn - Development Tristan Strathearn - Development

Technical Director - https://growthops.com.au/

After getting hooked on HTML at a young age and igniting his passion for programming, Tristan has spent the majority of his life building software, websites, and tinkering in the various related fields — from systems programming, pen-testing, security, DevOps, electrical engineering, and IoT. A jack of all trades, Tristan has the never-ending desire to learn and continually improve his craft while also helping those around him to achieve their best.

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Photo of Aashath Kaamil - SEO Aashath Kaamil - SEO

Managing Director | Verve Innovation

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Photo of Stelios Moudakis - SEO Stelios Moudakis - SEO

Head of Resolution Direct

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Photo of Claire Hielscher - Content Claire Hielscher - Content

Head of Content & Culture

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Photo of April Garvey - Accessibility April Garvey - Accessibility

April Garvey is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Revature, the largest employer of emerging tech talent in the United States. April has over 23 years of Digital Marketing experience, working with both larges and small consumer brands from Citibank and General Motors to a search engine called Kanoodle. April has worked on many award winning projects throughout her careers, most notably, launching one of the very first online banks back in '98, creating the digital experience for Rosetta Stone, and developing a subscription video on demand App for The Great Courses, which was named by Time as one of the best mobile apps of 2017. In her spare time, April runs a local charity called Kids Helping Kids, volunteers with American Red Cross and has a 9 year old daughter to keep her on her toes. Connect