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Best of the Gulfshore Readers' Choice Awards Need-to-Know Basics

The how, why, and who behind this year’s Best of the Gulfshore Readers Choice Awards.

How does Gulfshore Life pick the winners?
For our READERS’ CHOICE Awards, we rely completely on your votes to select winners.

Don’t your advertisers automatically win? 
No. Best of the Gulfshore recognition is based only on our editors’ research and readers’ votes; there is zero connection between advertisers and winners. Sure, we could make some folks happy by “selling” winners, but in the end, we’d lose a lot more than we’d gain—like our integrity and credibility with you.

How can my business get on the ballot?
Our ballot is a write-in format, meaning we don’t provide multiple-choice options. Voters can suggest whatever restaurant, store, person, or service they deem worthy for every category.

I have a business that deserves an award. How can I win?
Let people know that Best of the Gulfshore voting is open through Jan. 31. Encourage your customers to vote for you. To help you spread the word, we’ve created a downloadable image into which you can place your organization’s logo. Find it here.

How do I vote?
Visit GulfshoreLife.com (voting occurs online in November, December, and January), sign in with your name and email address, and cast your ballot. It’s that simple.

How will I know who won?
Winners are announced at events held in both Collier and Lee Counties in early May 2019, and included in the May 2019 issue of Gulfshore Life. They receive award plaques and window stickers, which they can display year-round in their places of business. You will be contacted in February if your business/organization is a finalist (top three) in its category.  

What are the editors’ Best of the Gulfshore picks?
In addition to our Readers’ Choice Awards, our editors make their picks for the best in dining, people and places over the previous year. These are not determined by readers or advertisers.

Why can't I find a good category that fits my business?
Sorry, we can't accommodate all of our many fine businesses in Southwest Florida. However, our sister publication, Gulfshore Business, hosts a separate contest that features categories that Gulfshore Life doesn't. Voting for Gulfshore Business' Best of Business contest typically starts in April. 


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