Press Releases Wins Gold and Silver Awards for Creative Excellence
The International Academy of the Visual Arts honors popular boating and fishing website and its social network with multiple W3 awards

ALEXANDRIA, VA (October 25, 2010) – and its social community, Fishington, have been named W³ Gold and Silver Award winners for website design and development by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA). Since relaunched in 2008 by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), has become the premier online destination for boaters and anglers to learn, plan and equip for a day on the water. Last year, the site logged four million visitors. 

“By delivering practical information, fun and community in a dynamic, inviting context, is attracting more and more people to boating and fishing each year,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “Innovative elements and design, now honored by IAVA, have been key to our website strategy from the start.”


  • Gold Award, Charitable Organizations/Non-Profit
  • Gold Award, General Interests/Variety
  • Silver Award, Homepage
  • Silver Award, Structure and Navigation
  • Silver Award, Visual Appeal
  • Silver Award, Lifestyle


  • Gold Award, Social/Networking
  • Silver Award, Community

IAVA’s W³ Awards honors outstanding websites, web advertising, web video and mobile apps. Awards are sanctioned and judged by members of the IAVA, an invitation-only body of top-tier media, interactive, advertising, and marketing firm professionals. This year’s competition attracted more than 3,000 entries.

The W³ Awards are the latest of many honors has received. Earlier this year, the website helped RBFF win unprecedented honors in the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Gold Circle Award Competition for excellence and innovation in association communications. In addition, the Web Marketing Association’s 14th annual WebAwards Competition honored with two Best of Industry Awards, one for Best Leisure Website and one for Fishington, which was recognized as Best Social Network Website. 

About RBFF
RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing™ campaign and Anglers’ Legacy™.