The Bobs (Best of Blogs): Online voting starts

It’s all international freedom of expression. Internet users around the world have until May 7 to vote on who should win this year’s Users’ Choice prizes in Deutsche Welle’s annual

The Bobs Awards.

An international jury decided on the 364 finalists that are now in the running for the Users’ Choice prizes. Votes for finalists in The Bobs – Best of Online Activism can be cast at
More than 4,200 websites and online projects from around the world were submitted to The Bobs – Best of Online Activism awards in 2013, that is 1,000 more than last year.
“It shows the wide range of ways people in the international blogosphere engage in promoting freedom of expression and political transparency,” said Ute Schaeffer, DW Editor-in-Chief for Regionalized Content.
Projects dealing with economic and social change, the right to water, women’s rights and fighting censorship are just a few of the key topics addressed by finalists in this year’s awards, said The Bobs project manager Gabriel Gonz?lez.
Deutsche Welle started The Bobs – Best of Online Activism Awards in 2004. For the past nine years, the project has honored work that connects cultures, creates transparency and builds online bridges capable of breaking the language barrier.

Award ceremony at the Global Media Forum in Bonn

This year, The Bobs will hand out honors in 14 languages – with Hindi, Turkish and Ukrainian joining for the first time. The Global Media Forum award is one of the 34 categories in this year’s contest. The category puts the focus on the theme of the 2013 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum: “The future of growth – economy, ethics and the media,” which takes place June 17-19 in Bonn, Germany.
In addition to the Users’ Choice prizes, The Bobs jury panel will also give out Jury Awards in the categories Best Blog, Best Innovation, Best Social Activism, Most Creative & Original and a Reporters Without Borders Award.
A ceremony for The Bobs Jury Award winners will take place as part of the international conference on June 18 at the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB).
Reporters Without Borders and re:publica are The Bobs’ premium partners. Media partners are Masrawy, Somewhere in?,, iSun TV, Global Voices Online, Categorynet, Courrier International, Presseeurop, Gooya, Terra,,, Korrespondent, ntvmsnbc, MYNET, MEDYATAVA and webdunia.
Contact: Gabriel Gonz?lez, Tel.+49. 228 – 429 2684,
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Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.”

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