Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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The recipients of the 3rd Annual iReport Awards have been announced!


We've said it before, but one more time won’t hurt: The overall quality of photography, videography and storytelling represented in this year’s iReport Awards was outstanding. Citizen journalism has come a long way since CNN iReport’s humble beginnings in 2006, and the Award recipients are a wonderful testament to that.


Without further ado, here they are:


Breaking news: Hasan Amin, Egyptian revolution rages on

Original reporting: Nicolas Rossier, One breath: Story of a free diver

Commentary: Richard Huffman, My tribute to those lost in Newtown

Compelling Imagery: Judy Starkman, Secret lives of swimmers

Personal Story: Sam Wessels, I speak about autism because I can

In-depth Storytelling: Carlos Chiossone, Superstorm Sandy stories

Community Choice: Erik Olsen, The shoe cobbler


That’s not all!


For the first time ever, we revealed honorees in a new category called Excellence on the Web. These are six examples of the best in citizen journalism outside of iReport in 2012, and we couldn’t be prouder to honor such impressive examples of participatory journalism.


You may wonder why we’d honor stories outside of iReport: A big responsibility of the iReport team is listening to the conversations and stories that take place on and outside of CNN iReport. We’re curators at heart, and this new category allows us to share even more incredible examples of participatory storytelling with the world. Plus, no other major news outlet is recognizing excellence in citizen journalism in this way.


Here are the honorees: (Go here to read more about each entry.)


Humans of New York: Hurricane Sandy: Brandon Stanton, Tumblr

SyrianDeveloper: Mike Blackhatoviche, Instagram

Wright's Law: Zach Conkle, Vimeo

@aiww: Ai Weiwei, Twitter

San Diego fireworks, loud and up close: Dan W. Roy, YouTube

Jersey Shore Hurricane News: Justin Auciello, Facebook


Last but not least, we are thrilled to announce the 3rd Annual iReport Awards Spirit Honorees. These six honored iReporters – Jannet Walsh, Misael Rincón, Rachel Cauvin, Jim Jorstad, Lia Ocampo and Jim Brenneman – are wonderful members of our community, sharing stories that resonate with a wide audience and taking the time to make CNN iReport such a warm and special place. They’re the folks that make running this site such a fulfilling experience, and we couldn’t thank them enough!


Congratulations to all of the recipients and honorees. We are so impressed with all of you and are already eager to do it again next year. We’re nerds for citizen journalism – it’s true.


Now we're off to sneak a celebratory bottle of champagne into the newsroom. Cheers to you all!

May 14, 2013
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It's great that you do this. It shows us that our work and time devoted is not going unseen!!!!!

May 14, 2013
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Thank you so much CNN.

May 14, 2013
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Congratulations to one and all! Keep up the great work.

May 14, 2013
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Congratulations to one and all...

May 14, 2013
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Congrats to the winners, congrats also to all those that were nominated, you are all winners.

May 14, 2013
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Congratulations to all!

May 15, 2013
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Gongratulations to all nominees and winners! Maybe next year YOU are the winner!

May 15, 2013
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Congratulations to all the winners.

May 16, 2013
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great job guys. Congratulations.

May 16, 2013
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We would like to thank everyone for their support during our CNN iReport Nomination for our coverage on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy at the New Jersey Shore. We hope that this coverage has and will continue to raise public awareness and hopefully will help the victims at the New Jersey Shore. That is what it's all about! Please see our latest CNN iReports covering Prince Harry at Seaside and the demolition of the Jet Star Roller Coaster. Support the Shore!


Thank you,


Susan and Clifford Rumpf

May 17, 2013
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Congrats to all great Job!,,,,,,

May 17, 2013
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Congratulations, everyone! Well deserved.

May 22, 2013
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Thank you all for chiming in with such supportive comments! Best community around, hands down.

July 21, 2013
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Congrats ! To the winners it's your Day way go! Best of wishes Ireporters .. We love U .. Didido.. Maybe it be our turn next time! Love I-reporter also...

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