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The Bobs begin its 12th edition

The Bobs will be accepting suggestions for its 12th annual award from February 4 to March 3. Submissions are welcome in the competition’s 18 categories and 14 languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian).

Remember, it doesn’t matter how often a blog or project or initiative is submitted to The Bobs. Once it’s in, it’s in! Unlike other awards, the number of times a site is suggested does not play a role in whether it advances to the next round.

Sorting the wheat from the chaff

The pressure is on the jury from March 3 to March 31. The Bobs’ panel of bloggers and media experts will decide on the 14 blogs that advance to the next round in the four Jury Award categories and the five that advance in the each of the language-specific categories.

These are the blogs that will be in the running to win The Bobs award in 2016. The Jury will choose the winners of the multi-lingual categories at the end of April. The winners of the User Awards will be decided by you – the public – in an online vote.

Online voting

We’ll open the ballot box on March 31 and seal it up on May 2. During this time, you’ll be able to vote for your favorites among all the nominees in all categories. You can vote once per category per network every 24 hours. The project with the most votes in each category will win the User Award.

Jury deliberations

Our international jury members will meet in Berlin to decide what sites deserve laurel wreaths in the four multi-lingual categories on April 29 and 30.

And the winner is…

Whether they won the online vote or earned the jury’s accolades, all the winners will be announced on The Bobs’ website on May 2. Jury Award winners and the winner of the Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award will be invited to Bonn, Germany, to receive their award in person.

Collecting the goods

The Bobs will present Jury Award winners with their prize at a ceremony on June 14  as part of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.