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All the winners of The Bobs 2014


Congrats!After two days of passionate discussions and debate, our international jury selected the winners of The Bobs 2014 Jury Awards.

But the jury weren’t the only ones hard at work. Internet users from around the world have spent the last four weeks voting for their favorites among the 154 finalists in 20 categories. Over 70,000 votes were cast and the winners of the People’s Choice Awards have been decided.

Our congratulations go out to all the winners of The Bobs – Best of Online Activism!

The Jury Award winners are

Best Blog

The photo blog by Egyptian Mosa’ab Elshamy won the Best Blog prize. His impressive photos and photo essays on current events in Cairo won over jurors, as did his work to present a view of modern cultural life in Egypt. He recently accompanied young Mahraganat musicians through the underground clubs of the Egyptian capital. During the Egyptian revolution, his work also appeared on the cover of “Time” and among the magazine’s list of top 10 pictures of the year in 2013. “Mosa’ab Elshamy illustrates in a very impressive way the rifts that exist in Egyptian society,” jury member Tarek Amr said. Fellow jury member Renata Avila added: “Although we do not all speak Arabic, we can all understand the power of his images.”

Best Social Activism

The website Visualizing Palestine won Jury Award in the Best Social Activism category. The team behind the site creates and presents fact-based infographics illustrating the circumstances Palestinians and Palestinian refugees face on a daily basis. While many of the graphics address issues dealing with relations to Israel, Visualizing Palestine also confronts environmental issues, social topics and education. “The issue of the Palestinians is an extremely emotional and polarizing one,” said jury member Georgia Popplewell, the managing director of Global Voices Online. “Visualizing Palestine brings facts to that discussion without sacrificing emotion.”

Most Creative & Original

The winner of The Bobs award in the Most Creative and Original category takes micro-blogging to the extreme. As millions of ultra-short, 140-character or less messages careen around the Internet, the artist behind weicombo gets his point across using just one Chinese character. While he does not provide his name for safety reasons, weicombo’s creator comments on current events by slightly altering the character to lend his posts a touch of irony and satire. His posts present readers with a daily guessing game of inferring the point he is looking to get across. Word games and puzzles have a long tradition in China, according to The Bobs jury member Tienchi Martin-Liao. “Weicombo has found a very creative and clever way to get around censorship in China,” she said. “His posts are not only political but also entertaining and his readers love him for that.”

Global Media Forum Award

“From Information to Participation” is the theme of the 2014 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum as well as for The Bobs special Global Media Forum award, which was won by “Khabar Lahariya.” The weekly, local language newspaper has been written, published and delivered by a community of women across rural parts of India for the past 12 years. It connects with thousands of people in parts of the country’s north and northeast that seldom get the attention of national media. “The newspaper is a shining example that a functioning democracy is dependent on access to information for all people,” said jury member and blogger Rohini Lakshane.

Best Innovation

The BanglaBraille project enables the production of school textbooks to be printed in braille for visually impaired students in Bangladesh. The project’s organizers also create audio versions of the textbooks that students download and listen to. There are currently more than 50,000 visually impaired students in Bangladesh without access to educational materials. The BanglaBraille team assembled a network of volunteers who digitize the books and conduct fundraising for the project. “BanglaBraille has fundamentally improved the lives of many students in Bangladesh and is fighting against a problem that authorities in our country have criminally neglected,” said jury member Shahidul Alam of Bangladesh.

Reporters Without Borders Award

The Bobs special award, presented in conjunction with the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders, went to the Ukrainian project YanukovychLeaks. The site presents the work of a group of Ukrainian journalists who worked to salvage and report on records which former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his supporters threw into a pool at a huge presidential estate while fleeing the country after the Maidan revolution. YanukovychLeaks aims to digitize and catalogue the records and make them available to the public. “It is especially important during times of crisis to support independent journalists,” said Christian Mihr, head of Reporters Without Borders’ German branch and a member of The Bobs jury. The project was also praised by jury member Renata Avila of Guatemala for providing access to the complete documents. “You can use the files to support different opinions,” she said. “But citizens can see all the information for themselves and decide for themselves how important it is, and what it means.”

Congratulations to the winners of The Bobs’ Jury and People’s Choice Awards

Winners of this year’s Jury Awards will be invited to receive their prize as part of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum on June 30, in Bonn, Germany.

Voting open until May 7


The voting phase for The Bobs 2014 runs until May 7 and its your votes that will decide who wins the sought-after People’s Choice Awards in 20 categories.

No chance for cheaters

While voting is still open, we want you to know that we didn’t just open the ballot box and walk away. We check to make sure votes are cast according to the rules we set out. Those rules call for people to be able to vote once per category per 24 hours. Over the course of voting, which started April 2, we’ve noticed a lot of invalid votes being cast and have removed these from the results. In some categories, this had led to a shift in the rankings. As some people keep trying to stuff the ballot boxes, we will keep removing fraudulent votes from the results every few minutes.

Jury makes its decision in May

Every nominees in the six top multilingual categories has not only the chance to win a People’s Choice Award but also a Jury Award. Our jury members will meet in early May in Berlin to decide on the winners of the Jury Awards in a voting process that is completely independent from the People’s Choice online vote.

The winners of the Jury Awards will be invited to receive their awards in Bonn, Germany, at a ceremony during the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum (June 30 – July 2).

Good luck everyone!

The ballot box is open


Bobs-2014_Milestoneposting_VoteNow_600x240pxIt’s your turn! Our international jury put together a list of the 154 nominees for The Bobs 2014. Now you can look at the finalists in all 14 languages and have until May 7 to vote for your favorites. You decision will determine who wins the People’s Choice Awards.

We’d like to take a moment to thank our fabulous jury members for their hard work – The Bobs wouldn’t be possible without them. They sorted through the list of over 3,000 submissions and found the most impressive, creative projects and again this year we’re thrilled to have excellent finalists.

Ever heard of the Wool War One?

With commemorations for its centenary happening, everyone has, of course, heard of the World War One. But what about Wool War One? That’s the name a French knitter has given to her project in the Most Creative and Original category. Other nominees include The Intercept, where revelations from former NSA contractor NSA Edward Snowden are being reported and made public. There’s also the censorship circumvention tool Lantern.

The Bobs is in 14 languages, but you don’t need to be a mega-polyglot to see what’s happening in another language – the team here has translated descriptions of all the nominees so you can take a trip around the world of online activism.

Simple voting rules

Have a look at the nominees then vote for your favorites. Between now and May 7, you can vote to decide on the winners of the People’s Choice Awards once per category per 24 hours. If you need it, there’s more information in the Rules.

While you’re voting, our jury members will be working to decide the winners of the Jury Awards when they meet in Berlin in May.

All of the winners of The Bobs 2014 will be announced on May 7. Jury Award winner will also be invited to pick up their prize at a ceremony that will be part of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum on June 30.

Thanks for the submissions! Voting starts April 2


Voting Starts April 2Thank you all very much for all the suggestions you made to The Bobs 2014. This year there were over 3,000 submissions made to the contest.

What’s next?

Now it’s up to our international jury to sort through all your the blogs, projects and campaigns you suggested and put together a list in all of The Bobs’ categories. We’re giving them a few weeks time to do it.

Get inspired!

You’ll be able to see all the candidates in all the categories on April 2. Mark your calendars because that’s when you’ll be able to scroll through 14 language’s worth of interesting and inspiring people’s work from around the world. Even when you can’t read the language, our descriptions and a good look at the site will give you the gist of what makes the finalists something worthy of The Bobs.

April 2 is also that day we’ll open online voting for the People’s Choice Awards in all the contest’s categories.

Jury Awards

The Bobs’ jury members will get together for two days of discussions starting on May 4 to decide on the winners of the 2014 Jury Awards. They’ll dig into the details of each of the nominees before reaching their verdict in the six multilingual categories.

So now all you can do is take a deep breath and wait – you’re next move will be April 2. Until then you can follow us on Twitter @dw_thebobs or Facebook.

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