By Andy Young

Entries for the WCA's annual Wine Communicator Awards have opened today and this year they will include a category for Best Wine Educator.

There will be nine award categories in all this year, including the Wine Communicator of the Year, Digital Wine Communicator of the Year and Best Wine Website or Wine App.

WCA Chairman Angus Barnes said: "These awards are open to professionals across Australia. If you're a writer, designer, graphic artist, digital content developer or publisher and you're helping to tell the Australian wine story in an engaging and innovative way we encourage you to enter." 

Speaking of this year's new award, Barnes added: "Educators are the champions of our industry, inspiring and helping consumers and trade to delve deeper and discover more about our wines.

"We’re excited to introduce this new award and are hoping for a great response."

The judging panel will include last year's Wine Communicator of the Year, wine writer and author Jeni Port, VinTank's Paul Mabray, Vinomofo CEO Andre Eikmeier and Anne Duncan, from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority. The New Wine Writer Award will be judged by Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine editor Judy Sarris, contributing editor Huon Hooke, and WCA Deputy Chair Angie Bradbury.

Information about the awards, eligibility and judging criteria is available on the Wine Communicators of Australia website.

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