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Webby Awards honor GIF creator

india Updated: May 22, 2013 16:29 IST
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On May 21 the winners of this year's Webby Awards, dubbed "the internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, were awarded at a special ceremony in New York that involved the traditional five-word speeches and saw the creator of the Gif receive a lifetime achievement award.

Steve Wilhite, the inventor of the GIF file format, received a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to technology and the internet. The format was invented in 1987 and in a press release the Webby Awards noted the continued popularity of the file format, stating, "the proliferation of the Gif in today's meme powered, Tumblr driven pop culture proves it a lasting format still among the most celebrated on the Web."

On accepting his award, Wilhite cleared up the debate over the pronunciation of his file format, stating, in his five word acceptance speech, "It's pronounced 'Jif,' not 'Gif' [with a hard G]."

Watch the five word acceptance speeches: youtube.com/user/TheWebbyAwards/videos

Other winners of the 17th Webby Awards, previously revealed on April 30, included musician Frank Ocean - Webby Person of The Year, Grimes - Webby Artist of The Year, who stated "this is more than five words," and Minnesota Vikings player Chris Kluwe for Webby Athlete of The Year.