, a financial data company focused on tracking exchange-traded funds, has given out the first of what will be annual awards recognizing individuals, firms and funds in this fund universe.

WisdomTree’s Japan Hedged Equity Fund, DXJ, has won "ETF of the Year." The $11 billion currency-hedged equity ETF insulated investors from the yen’s slide against the dollar last year, said

Kathleen Moriarty, a securities attorney for New York-based Katten Muchin Rosenman, won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Nicknamed the “SPDR Woman” for her work on the world’s first ETF, SPY, the award reflects Moriarty’s 25 years of experience in the ETF industry, which includes writing the prospectus to the now-$160 billion SPDR S&P 500 ETF.

In addition, the db X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares Fund was honored as the Most Groundbreaking New ETF and as the Best New International/Global Equity ETF. drew on the insights and opinions of leaders throughout the ETF industry to determine the winners.

The complete list of winners and their respective categories include:

Lifetime Achievement -- Kathleen Moriarty

ETF of the Year -- WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (DXJ)

Best New ETF -- SPDR Blackstone/GSO Senior Loan ETF (SRLN)

Most Groundbreaking New ETF -- The db X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares Fund (ASHR)