The Audience Choice Award, a golden statuette from Smolensk Diamonds, was presented to Selwyn Birchwood's blues band from the United States on the final day of the Koktebel Jazz Party. The winner was selected based on the amount of applause measured by a sound intensity meter after every performance.
Selwyn Birchwood is an American blues guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, winner of the Blues Foundation's 2013 International Blues Challenge, as well the winner of the Albert King Guitarist of the Year award. The Selwyn Birchwood Band was founded in 2011. The band lineup includes frontman Selwyn Birchwood, drummer Phillip Walker, saxophonist Regi Oliver and bass guitarist Donald Wright.