2020 Results

The Society for News Design is proud to announce the results of the 42nd edition of its Best of Digital Design competition. This year, 21 judges from across the United States and around the globe reviewed 1,764 entries across 7 categories during three days of remote judging. The competition honors journalistic, visual and technical excellence for work produced in 2020.

We are releasing our database of 2020 winners, with entry links, through AirTable. Use the filter and sort functions to view awards by year, publication or category.

See a comprehensive database of past winners.


Competition judges may issue Awards of Excellence, Bronze Medals, Silver Medals, Gold Medals and Best of Show honors. Unanimously winning entries were eligible for bronze, silver, and gold medals. These entries push the boundaries of design and technology and represent the cutting edge of the news design industry.

Gold Medals
Visual storytelling that defines the state of the art. These entries must stretch the limits of creativity both visually and technically. They must be groundbreaking in both form and fit — telling their story in the most powerful way imaginable. It should be perfect or as near as one can reasonably come. Any entry receiving this award should be held up as the gold standard for the design community.

Silver Medals
The aesthetic and technical proficiency of these entries should stretch the limits of the medium — representing an elevated level of execution and originality in pursuit of powerful storytelling. It should be nearly impossible to find anything deficient.

Bronze Medals
Recognizes visual storytelling at the leading edge of craftsmanship or innovation. These entries should demonstrate technical mastery, aesthetic mastery, or both. Entries receiving a Bronze Medal must have an elevated level of execution, originality or degree of difficulty.

Awards of Excellence
Recognizes outstanding and excellent visual storytelling. These entries go beyond mere technical or aesthetic competency and may push the boundaries of originality and creativity.


To contact the competition committee, email [email protected].