Ann Arbor, MI, Nov. 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enlighten announced today that WhatWasThere, an image-based geographic history of the world and "virtual time machine," has been honored with a 2011 W3 Award. WhatWasThere.com endeavors to celebrate our present and preserve our past by harnessing the collective knowledge of Internet users and the power of Google Street View.

This is the 6th W3 Awards win for Enlighten work to date, with past sites honored including John Frieda®, Hunter Douglas, and Fruit2O. Judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, which is comprised of leading media, interactive, advertising and marketing professionals, the W3 Awards competition highlights "the best of the Web." Website entries are evaluated for creativity, usability, navigation, functionality, visual design and ease of use. WhatWasThere was named a Website winner in the Charitable Organizations/Non-Profit category and also recently won a 2011 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development. 

"We're in full support of the W3 Awards' efforts to acknowledge the importance of good Web development and design," says Steve Glauberman, CEO of Enlighten. "Without this solid foundation a user-generated site like WhatWasThere would fail to thrive, and we are excited to see it being honored in this way."  

For the complete list of 2011 W3 winners, please visit http://www.w3award.com.

About Enlighten

Enlighten (www.enlighten.com) is an award-winning digital marketing, online advertising, web development, data analytics and strategic consulting firm building innovative online experiences for major brands including Hunter Douglas, Richmond American Homes, John Frieda®, Jergens®, Bioré®, illy caffè, Olympic Paint and Stain, Fruit2O, Jimmy John’s, HealthMedia, Comerica, Johnson & Johnson and more. Based in Ann Arbor, the independent digital marketing agency was founded in 1983.

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