I'd love for any of these to give a brief description on *why* a particular component was choosen, who the competitors/alternatives were and so on.
Until one of these entities is willing to back up their awards with something other than a glorfied softball team trophy they're really valueless.
And also please honestly explain why there is an entry fee. Don't tell me your "judges" spent more than 5 minutes with any given product. Shouldn't they generally be evaluating and testing and exploring the products they write about anyway?
Without all the gamesmanship our business becomes very boring and geeky. In typical fashion, I'm driving us right off the road here. Following is a list of awards won by someone whom I wouldn't accept advice on whether it's daylight or dark. I think you can figure out who it is rather quickly. Awards are just part of the play. They have always had the taint of influence whether they are legit or not.
Inaugural member of the Internet Hall of Fame
Honorary Doctorate, Hamilton College
Honorary Doctorate, Tilburg University
Honorary Doctorate, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Berkeley Medal from the University of California, Berkeley
Roger Revelle Prize
NAACP Image Award
National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award
Foreign Policy Magazine's Top 100 Public Intellectuals
Honorary Doctorate, Carnegie Mellon University
Dan David Prize
Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Primetime Emmy Award
Time Person of the Year: Runner - Up.
Gothenburg Prize for Sustainable Development
IATAS Founders Award for Current TV and for work in the area of global warming
Quill Awards: History/current events/politics, The Assault on Reason
Prince of Asturias Award in Spain
The Sir David Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking
Honorary Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Honorary Doctorate, Concordia University
Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2007.
Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence: for his contributions to the Environmental Design
Quill Awards: History/current events/politics, An Inconvenient Truth
Webby Award: Lifetime Achievement Award (interactive technology)
The Computerworld Honors Program Honoring Those Who Use Information Technology to Benefit Society: Toshiba America Leadership Award for Education
First Annual Cisco Systems Circle Award: "In recognition of his visionary leadership in building global awareness of computer networking through the National Information Highway Initiative"
The SSI MVP Awards will be bestowed during a special trophy ceremony at ISC West 2017. Too numerous to list here, awards will be given in subcategories from the following product types: Access Control, Business Operations, Central Station/Monitoring, Fire/Life Safety, Home Controls, Installation Aids, Intrusion Detection, Misc. Security Products, Security Apps and Video Surveillance.
Awards 'too numerous to list' are, by definition less prestigious than the contrary.