About Reader Rankings

The Daily Record’s Reader Rankings awards program continues to grow.

In 2020, we received more than 3,500 nominations of companies and businesses in a few short weeks. That was more than double the 1,400 we received in 2018.

We made numerous changes to the process to improve the validity of the contest to offer more opportunities for you to participate, including two rounds of voting.


Through those nominations, you selected the five businesses, items or people that advanced to the voting round. In the voting round, we received more than 25,000 votes which was also more than double the 12,600 we had in 2018. Your votes selected the three winners in each of 67 categories.

The Top Winner in each category was revealed at the Reader Ranking gala on Oct. 7, 2019, where the top three winners in each category were celebrated.

We look forward to continuing to grow in 2020.

Whether you’re looking for a great place to entertain clients, an expert who can help you recover inaccessible data, a top-notch educational institution, an entertainment venue or a highly-rated delivery service, there’s a business that is highly recommended by other Marylanders who read The Daily Record.

2020 Timeline

Nominations open: May 4
Nominations close: May 25
Voting opens: June 29
Voting closes: July 26

Event: October 2020

Event details to follow. Please check back soon for more information.