Wednesday, April 03, 2013
iReport Awards: How you can join

The iReport Awards are back and they are better than ever!

We are bursting with pride about the quality of the 3rd Annual iReport Awards finalists. From Sam Wessels – a 10-year-old boy who opened up about what it’s like to live with autism -- to Femi Green-Adebo, a Nigerian photographer who ran to the scene of a fiery plane crash in his neighborhood -- the 36 nominees represent the best of CNN iReport: Raw, passionate and full of heart.

Many of the iReport Awards nominees had the courage to share eye-witness accounts in the aftermath of haunting experiences. Denver videographer Adam Witt was sitting in the Aurora, Colorado, theater when a gunman killed 12 people.  He told us the experience left him with rippling emotional effects he hadn’t expected. Florida mother Jess Hathaway’s decisionto pull her boys from the Boy Scouts – and then tell CNN’s millions of readers about it -- was equally courageous in its own way.

The finalists include professional filmmakers and photographers who wanted to give their stories a world stage (like Navid Baraty, who shot the above photo of crowds in Times Square watching the Mars Rover landing), and first-time iReporters who had no idea what would happen after they clicked the upload button. Then there are the nominees in our new In-depth Storytelling category, who stayed with their stories for weeks and months, and in some cases, years.

We hope you’ll help us honor them by visiting the Awards site on a computer or tablet and voting for the story that moves you the most.

There are six categories: Breaking News, Original Reporting, Compelling Imagery, Commentary, Personal Story and In-depth Storytelling.

Our panel of judges will select a recipient for each category. But you get to decide who gets the Community Choice Award! Click on the iReport you feel most deserves it and vote once a day until May 6. You can vote for any of the 36 nominees in the six categories. Then check back May 14 to see the results.

Beyond voting, we hope you will join our community and share a story of your own. Your voice plays a crucial part in the stories CNN tells. We often use the term “citizen journalism,” but that doesn’t fully cover what CNN iReport is. At its core, it’s simply regular people sharing glimpses of their lives in their own words and pictures. Every day, we look for new ways to incorporate your voice into the stories CNN is covering.

You can start right here by visiting our assignment desk.

Who knows? Next year at this time, we might be honoring you in the 4th Annual iReport Awards.

April 3, 2013
Click to view k3vsDad's profile

Wow! Mean another year has already passed? Congratulations to all nominees. May the best of the best win out.

April 3, 2013
Click to view sunethra's profile

Congratulations to all the nominees... Good Luck to all of them.

April 3, 2013
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Fantastic nominees. Congrats to them all <----- They are all winners!!! Love the judges too.

April 3, 2013
Click to view Moderate1981's profile

I am loving this over and over… I have found this experience awesome and it only gets better.  Good luck to all the nominees and the professionalism that you bring to iReport. 

April 4, 2013
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CNN iReport Awards 2013: Over one million iReporters, tenthousands of iReports almost from every country and territories of the Earth. Three nominees from Asia, three nominees from Africa and one from Bahamas. No nominees from Europe, no nominees from Latin America but 29 nominees from the United States! Why?

April 4, 2013
Click to view KCRep's profile

markpel....who's counting? :) moreover, who cares?


April 9, 2013
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Congratulations. You deserved it. Thumbs up

April 25, 2013
Click to view Jshayayi22's profile

congrats yall deserve it


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