This was the award's second year. Judges were Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Eva Volin, Edith Donnell and Marv Wolfman.
Chmakova accepted with a video, which you may find published on the page through that initial link.
Dwayne McDuffie was a talented, award-winning comics and animation writer who supported diverse expression at every stage of his impressive career. His work won the Humanitas Prize and he was the co-creator of the popular character Static. He died in 2011.