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The Bobs begin its 11th edition

From February 19 to March 12 The Bobs will be accepting suggestions for its 11th annual award. Submissions are welcome in the competition’s 17 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 12 to April 9. The Bobs’ panel of bloggers and media experts will decide on the 14 blogs that advance to the next round in the three Jury 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 award in 2015. The Jury will choose the winners of the multi-lingual categories in May. The winners of the People’s Choice Awards will be decided in an online vote.

Online voting

We’ll open the ballot box on April 9 and seal it up on May 3. During this time, you’ll be able to vote for your favorites among the nominees in each of the 14 language categories.

Jury deliberations

Our jury members will meet in Berlin to decide what sites deserve laurel wreaths in the three multi-lingual categories on May 2.

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 3. 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 23  as part of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.