The Spider Awards 2023

By Business & Finance
06 March 2023
Pictured: Granite celebrates winning Large Agency of the Year 2023

Ireland’s digital industry gathered at The Round Room in The Mansion House in Dublin on Friday night for the 26th annual Spider Awards

The Spiders is the longest running digital awards programme in Ireland and celebrates the achievements of individuals and businesses that create and deliver innovative and effective campaigns. This year, the focus was not only on the campaigns but also the teams working behind the scenes to deliver them, through the new Design & UX Team category.

In all, 20 awards were presented in front of an audience of 400, with Dublin & Cork based Granite, the digital innovation and strategy agency, named Large Agency of the Year; Future Proof Media taking the top prize in the Small Agency category, and An Post named as winners of the new category, Design & UX Team.

Pictured: The 26th Spiders Awards at the Mansion House, Dublin

The Spiders was sponsored by Skillnet Ireland, Centre of Excellence in Universal Design, Storyblok, WONDR, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Onclusive and Clearstory International. UNICEF Ireland is Catalyst Media’s Business for Good Partner and CEO Peter Power spoke at the event to highlight the wonderful work carried out by the organisation.  

The judging panel evaluated nominations across 20 categories and they had no easy task on their hands, due to the volume and talent of this year’s nominees. 

New Awards

In addition to the regular line-up, four new categories were added this year; Design & UX Team, Best Collaboration, Best Event Campaign and Best Consumer Campaign. These awards were introduced to celebrate the teams and collaborative efforts behind great results in the last year. took home the Best Collaboration Award, the Best Event Campaign Award was won by Sing! Digital Marketing and the Best Consumer Campaign was awarded to Action24.

Small Agency of the Year

Pictured: Future Proof Media, collecting the Small Agency of the Year award, presented by James McCann, Clearstory International.

Awarded Small Agency of the Year, Future Proof Media was applauded for its digital strategy across a number of campaigns, with an emphasis on innovation. 

Design & UX Team

Pictured: Design and UX Team from An Post & All Human collecting the Design & UX Team award presented by Oscar Bautista Salinas from Dublin Tech Summit.

An Post, the State-owned provider of postal services in Ireland, won the Design & UX Team category. 

The full list of award winners are as follows:

  • Best Website – National Talent Academies, Dublin
  • Best in E-Commerce – Folláin, Dublin
  • Digital for Good Award – Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland, Dublin
  • Best in Universal Design – Fáilte Ireland, Dublin
  • Large Agency of the Year – Granite, Cork, Galway, Dublin
  • Best App- An Post, Dublin
  • Best Use of Disruptive Technology – AIG, Dublin
  • Best in Social Media – Tayto Snacks, Dublin
  • Best Customer Experience – Member First Credit Union, Dublin
  • Best Integrated Media Campaign – Vodafone Ireland, Dublin
  • Best Podcast – Redacted Lives, Dublin
  • Best in Storytelling – Energia Group, Dublin
  • Small Agency of the Year – Future Proof Media, Dublin
  • Best Event Campaign – Sing! Digital Marketing, Dublin
  • Best Influencer Led Campaign – Foras na Gaeilge, Antrim
  • Digital Team of the Year – NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss, Dublin
  • Design & UX Team – An Post, Dublin
  • Best Digital Brand –, Dublin
  • Best Collaboration –, Dublin
  • Best Consumer Campaign – Action24, Cork, Dublin, Galway

Pictured: Tracey Carney, Managing Director, Catalyst Media at the Spiders Awards 2023

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Tracey Carney, Managing Director, Spiders Awards said:

“It is wonderful to be standing here before you all this evening to celebrate the incredible work and ingenuity of digital marketing in Ireland today. Tonight we recognise excellence and the outstanding creativity of Ireland’s digital ecosystem and we’d like to place a special focus on the teams behind the incredible campaigns. We applaud all of you who are the driving force behind the industry in Ireland today.”