YeggiesWinners of the inaugural Yeggie Awards to recognize excellence in social media in Edmonton were announced on on Saturday. The Edmonton New Media Awards, or the Yeggies, is an annual awards show created to recognize and celebrate outstanding social media content creators in the capital region. It’s an awards show to highlight some of the amazing talent  in Edmonton — from people who code websites themselves, to those who write, speak, draw, all on their own time. Yeggies recipients inspire, evoke, inform, educate and entertain us, and they do it because they have a passion for it.

And the winners are…

Edmonton Journal city columnist Paula Simons, who has 9,706 followers on Twitter at @Paulatics, won the Best in Political or Current Affairs Award. She was nominated as well for Best Twitter Personality, a category won by @KikkiPlanet.

In addition to Simons, Journal writers Ryan Cormier and Liz Withey were also nominated. A court reporter, Cormier was runner-up in the Humour division, while Withey, a lifestyle and arts columnist, was runner-up for Best in Edmonton for One Hundred Widows.

Mack Male, a member of the Edmonton Journal advisory board, won Best in Edmonton for his blog, MasterMaq.ca, while Vickie Laliotis, who writes the Journal‘s Social Seen column, won Best in in Fashion & Style for her blog Adventures in Fashion.

Winners in other categories included OilersNation in Sports; GigCity in Arts and Culture; The Kitchen Magpie in Food; Attack of the Redneck Mommy in Family and Parenting; Inglorious Hipsters in Humour, Coming Out or Showing Support in Non-Profit; Acme Meat Market in Business.

Congratulations to the nominees, the winners and to everyone who participated in the event!

See more about the nominees and the winners at www.yeggies.com/2012-winners.