The time has finally come – the 10th edition of The Bobs is on. You have until March 5 to submit the blogs and websites you find interesting and inspiring to the contest. Submissions are welcome in 14 languages.
It’s our 10th anniversary but don’t let that make you think we’re going to mess with something that works. The Bobs is still all about recognizing the hard work done online and off to promote freedom of expression, human rights and civil society.
Who can take part?
Short answer? Pretty much anybody. Long answer: websites and projects have to be in one of The Bobs’ 14 languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian), everything in The Bobs also has to be available to the public (no passwords here people!).
Nearly all 20 categories are open to any format of work you can imagine. Whether it’s YouTube channels, Facebook pages, blogs, Twitter or other microblogs, or podcasts – show us the creative projects that are grabbing – and holding – your attention. There is just one exception (there’s always one exception), our main category, the head honcho of the contest – Best Blog – is open, as the name implies, only to blogs. Read the Rules if you really want to dive into the fine print.
Multilingual on top
Our international jury will get all of your submissions. This year Erkan Saka of Turkey, Renata Avila of Guatemala, Alexandre Youssef from Brazil, Florian Ngimbis of Cameroon, Victoria Siumar from Ukraine, Allissa Wahid of Indonesia and Rohini Lakshané of India are joining the jury for the first time. English jury member Georgia Popplewell – and the other returning members of the 15-member panel – will be showing them the ropes during the jury’s meeting in Berlin to decide on this year’s Jury Award winners.
You’ll also get a chance to show your support for your favorite finalists – when we get that far – in an online vote. Wondering just when all this is going to happen? Have a look at the Timeline.
Jury winners invited to Germany
We will announce all The Bobs 2014 winners for both the Jury Awards and the People’s Choice Awards (as decided by your votes) right here on this website on May 7. Then the jury winners will be invited to Germany to receive their prizes as part of Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum in Bonn. The focus of this year’s conference, which runs from June 30 – July 2, is “From Information to Participation – Challenges for the Media.”
If you’ve read this far then there is probably someone you want to talk to about The Bobs – so do it! This year’s hashtag is #thebobs14, and you can keep up with us or let us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook.