I found this very interesting. Have you ever looked through a copy of Mining Magazine? There is one mining software company who advertises heavily in the magazine. There are no other advertisements for mining software.
Guess who is the sole software advertiser for Mining Magazine? You guessed it, Gemcom.
I'm not saying that they don't deserve it. I have never used their mine planning software. I just think it is interesting that they would receive an award from a magazine that receives so much of their advertising money.
I suppose that if we were looking for truly unbiased results we shouldn't be reading magazines or newspapers anyway.