Celebrating 40 years since the modern zombie lurched into public consciousness, the Zombie Research Society Awards - also known as The Heinzmans - kicked off in 2008. Heinzmans are awarded annually to three individuals, groups or institutions that have significantly contributed to the public discourse on zombies in the areas of Science, Survival, and the Arts.
In addition, the Romero Prize was established in 2009 to acknowledge one group or individual who has shown great originality, vision and innovation in their work. Named after the Godfather of the modern zombie, George A. Romero, this prize represents the highest honor that ZRS can bestow.
2009 ZRS Award Winners are:
LOST ZOMBIES - ROMERO PRIZE
For developing a vibrant online community whose stated goal is to create the world’s first user generated zombie documentary, Lost Zombies is awarded the 2009 Romero Prize. Lost Zombies is also the official social network of the Zombie Research Society.
After careful consideration, the Zombie Research Society Awards
Committee has chosen not to give out the 2009 Heinzman in Survival.
Though zombie awareness and popularity is on the rise, major
contributions to real and lasting preparedness continue to be sorely
2008 WINNER: Zombie Squad
DEAD MAN'S BONES - THE ARTS
For taking zombies in a new and exciting musical direction, Dead Man's Bones is awarded the 2009 Heinzman in the Arts. Their song, My Body's A Zombie For You, expands the possibilities for future artists to express themselves through the undead.
2008 WINNER: Ryan Mecum, Zombie Haiku
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