The Vegan of the Year Awards: Winners Announced
Welcome to the Vegan of the Year Awards 2015 winners announcement.
A huge congratulations to everyone on the list below.
This year was a really tough one because of the high calibre and large number of nominees. A huge, sincere thank you to everyone who sent in nominations and please know if your nominee was not successful this year, that it was a highly-contested year. The increasing interest in the Awards across all categories is a great sign that veganism is on the rise and spreading to all corners of the globe.
It’s the year for the grassroots activist, as the top award (category one) goes to two people who work non-stop to be a voice for animals and both independently doing so via their own projects and initiative. They have both made a big impact through their dedication to vegan advocacy.
The Vegan of the Year Awards has evolved into being specifically for recognising ethical vegan individuals, businesses and organisations, which is why you might not see your favourite celebrity or YouTubers on the list. As veganism is fast tracking into the mainstream, we want to make a clear distinction between plant-based eating and ethical veganism, awarding the latter for their full commitment to the vegan lifestyle.
All winners are welcome to use the winner’s badge above in whichever way they choose. Many use it in their shop windows, on their websites and on social media pages and in their media pitches. Indeed, your award win is a great reason to contact your local media to increase your profile and that of veganism in general. Certificates will be sent out to all winners in the coming week.
Where there is more than one winner in a category, winners are listed in alphabetical order using their surname.
So, here they are, the Vegan of the Year Award winners for 2015:
1. Vegan of the Year 2015
2. Young Vegan of the Year 2015
3. Outstanding Vegan Website
4. Outstanding Animal Rescue/Animal Rights Organisation (must have a vegan and no-kill philosophy)
Animals In Need, Little Irchester, U.K.
5. Outstanding Vegan Business
6. Outstanding Vegan Restaurant
Leafy Greens Cafe (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Bio AtPeace Cafe (Taiwan)
Oops! Via Bergamo 56, Roma (at Corsa Del Italia), Rome, 00198, Italy
Oceania (Australia/New Zealand and Islands)
Smith and Deli (Melbourne, Australia)
Earth to Table (Sydney, Australia)
North and South America
Vedge Philadelphia (USA)
7. Outstanding Vegan Athlete
Plant Built Team 2015 at the Naturally Fit Super Show
8. Outstanding Vegan Innovator
Cruelty Free Shop (for the Vegan Day Out initiative)
Goose Wohlt (for aquafaba vegan egg replacer)
9. Outstanding Vegan Volunteer
Jess Ferry and Living Green Festival team
10. Outstanding Vegan Creative
Ellie Bedford and Sabrina Bedford for How To Eat A Rainbow
Nick Cooney for How To Be Great At Doing Good
Holly Feral for Driftwood magazine and Vegan Faces
Katrina Fox for Vegan Ventures
Jack Francis – photography
Jo Frederiks – artist
Malin Frick – artist
Delikate Rayne – ethical fashion
Gypsy Wulff and Fran Chambers for Turning Points in Compassion
11. Outstanding Vegan Media Outlet
Vegan Life magazine (UK)
Veg News magazine (USA)
Main Street Vegan with Victoria Moran on Unity Radio
Vegan Mash Up (TV)
12. Outstanding Vegan Food Blogger
13. Outstanding Vegan Social Media Outreach
14. Outstanding Vegan Professional
15. Outstanding Intersectional Approach to Veganism
Vegans of Sydney (Facebook group)