The BOBs 2014

Fig. 1. Courtesy of Deutsche Welle.

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle announced the winners of its annual BOBs/Deutsche Welle Blog Awards, a competition held in partnership with Reporters Without Borders. The Best Blog Award went to Mosa'ab Elshamy, a freelance photoblogger covering current affairs as well as in-depth socio-economic and cultural photostories. There were six Jury Awards categories (Best Blog, Best Innovation, Best Social Activism, Reporters Without Borders Award, Global Media Forum Award, and Most Creative & Original) and 14 language-specific User Prizes for best websites.

The Jury Best Blog award went to Mosa'ab Elshamy:

Mosa'ab Elshamy is a freelance photoblogger covering current affairs as well as in-depth socio-economic and cultural photostories. He gained wide exposure for his coverage of the Egyptian revolution and the events that continue to follow it, as well as for coverage of the 2012 Gaza war.

Users’ Choice Best Blog award went to Euromaydan:

Euromaydan is the biggest and most popular of Ukraine's Facebook communities. With some 300,000 subscribers, it appeared as a volunteer initiative in the first days of revolution in Ukraine. Over time, it developed into the main informational resource of Euro-Maydan, helped mobilize people, posted recent news, and coordinated the needs of revolution.

The Jury Best Innovation award went to the BanglaBraille project:

The BanglaBraille project aims to create braille and audio textbooks for visually impaired school children in Bangladesh. Close to one million people in Bangladesh are visually impaired, including more than 50,000 school age children who are unable to study due to the lack of expensive braille textbooks. BanglaBraille uses the power of crowdsourcing and social media to assemble a team of dedicated volunteers using Internet-based collaboration to transcribe textbooks into digital form for both print and audio books. Volunteers have generated many high quality audio books and digitized textbooks for class 1-10 levels which are distributed via the BanglaBraille website.

The Jury Best Social Activism award went to the Visualizing Palestine project:

The infographics at Visualizing Palestine provide a window into the daily lives of Palestinians and Palestinian refugees. Visualizations rely on UN and NGO data to paint a picture of displacements, Middle East peace talks, employment and administrative detention. Launched in 2011 with a staff split mainly between Ramallah and Beirut, the site's visuals have been published in several major media outlets and shared widely around the world by Internet users.

Users’ Choice Global Media Forum Award went to the Women Chapter media platform:

Women Chapter is an alternative media platform for the women of Bangladesh and a movement for change. It was initiated with the objective of promoting issues related to women, and to acknowledge, encourage and appreciate women's work not only in Bangladesh but around the world. Women Chapter also has the goal of changing the stereotypical mindset about the role of women at home and at work by drawing attention to the gender issues which are still divisive issues in people's personal and professional lives. On top of all that, they are gradually trying to develop a "support center" where mainly women journalists will be provided with the assistance they require.

Users' Choice for the best Arabic website is Qoll:

Qoll aggregates opinion posts from Egypt. Posts are categorized as social, political, economical, sports and cultural topics.

Users' Choice for the best Bengali website is Zero to Infinity:

Zero to Infinity is a Bangla science blog site that promotes discussions of scientific topics. Students at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology developed the site with the goal of approaching science in the Bangla blogosphere. It also offers a Q & A section where anyone can pose any science-related questions and the writers behind the site try to answer them. This section of the site is quite popular.

Users' Choice for the best English website is Cartoon Movement:

A community of international political cartoonists, the Cartoon Movement is a platform for high-quality political cartoons and comics as well as discussions about them. The site publishes the best of the best four times a week, sells political cartoons to the media and permits individuals to share them freely on the Web.

Users' Choice for the best French website is Les Chroniques de Yamna:

"Yamnas Chronicles" is a blog by a young Moroccan woman named Yasmine who has given herself the title of being an "unconventional woman." Her posts about unemployment, exile, women's roles and illiteracy illustrate her open and honest tone. Profound and sensitive, she shows a Morocco through the lens of an up-to-date woman.

Users' Choice for the best Indonesian website is Change.org Indonesia:

In Indonesia today, where corruption is rampant, public policy is a playground for political parties and is used as power bargaining tools. This siteis the most important recent innovation that helps to Indonesian public start online petitions for important matters, gain public support, consolidate the social movement, and put public pressure on the government and parliament. The site has successfully helped influenced several important public policies in Indonesia. One of the biggest campaign was the #SaveKPK movement started by an online petition on this site, where public took side of the Corruption Eradication Commission in a political battle with the Indonesian Police.

Users' Choice for the best Persian website is Monsefaneh:

Laleh has been a blogger since January 2007. The blog is a collection of her life experiences.

Users' Choice for the best Turkish website is Yüksekova Haber:

This news site remains one of the few reliable sources from Kurdish lands in Turkey. It maintains professional journalistic standards and provides news from local citizens and professional journalists.

All blogs, websites and other online projects that were voted for this year are listed here.