Announcing the 2014 BlogHer Voices & Photos of the Year!

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One community of greatness, thousands of submissions, 34 committee members to read every single entry (more than once)... And nine weeks later, we have the results: The 2014 BlogHer Voices & Photos of the Year! (Affectionately known—if not by all, then at least by us—as #VOTY and #PhOTY.)

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As usual, this year's VOTY process has been a thrilling and magnificent journey through the hearts and minds—and now, this year, with the addition of PhOTY, eyes—of the blogosphere, and a true testament to the powerhouse talent within it. We are so very proud to honor these 110 bloggers for their originality, their craft and their passion. So without further ado, let's get YOU all excited about this wonderful showcase of talent, too.


BlogHer '14 Photos of the year

In the FOOD, CRAFT, THINGS I MADE category:

In the FACES, FRIENDS, FAMILY category:

In the NATURE BIG AND SMALL category:


In the SELFIES category:

Congratulations to all our Photos of the Year! The honored images will be unveiled at the BlogHer '14 Community Keynote reception, and this post will be simultaneously updated with the links. In the meantime, we urge you to check out all their lovely photographs at their blogs, Instagram feeds and Facebook pages.

Before we announce the 100 honorees —including the four People's Choice winners and the 12 BlogHer '14 Community Keynote readers —we want to thank our Voices of the Year Selection Committee, comprised of past readers and BlogHer staff who worked tirelessly to carefully review each and every one of the submissions. Each post was reviewed at least twice, over two rounds of review, and we simply must thank them for their dedication, commitment to celebration the community, and, of course, their countless hours of work!

Former VOTY Reviewers:

BlogHer Staff Reviewers:

  • Denise Tanton (BlogHer Community Manager)
  • Diane Lang (BlogHer Social Media Manager and VOTY '11)
  • Elisa Camahort Page (BlogHer Co-founder)
  • Jenna Hatfield (BlogHer Section Editor & Events Editor)
  • Jory Des Jardins (BlogHer Co-founder)
  • Julie Ross Godar (BlogHer Executive Editor)
  • Karen Ballum (BlogHer Community Moderator)
  • Lisa Stone (BlogHer Co-founder)
  • Rita Arens (BlogHer Deputy Editor)
  • Stacy Morrison (BlogHer Editor-in-Chief)

Thanks to each and every one of you for signing on for the nearly impossible task of narrowing down to less than 5% of the total submissions to yield those who will receive recognition during this year's Voices of the Year Community Keynote on Friday, July 25 at BlogHer '14. That 5% translates into 100 bloggers who will be honored at BlogHer '14, as part of the Community Keynote and after the keynote at the Voices of the Year reception, where every honorees's work will be on display.

As with the PhOTYs, we will not share the specific posts that will be read at the Community Keynote until after our honorees have taken the stage. But never fear, there are 88 other amazing posts to read RIGHT NOW THIS SECOND. Check them out below! Go ahead—get your VOTY on!!


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In the Heart category:

Bridget Williams from Savings for Sanity receives the People's Choice Award for Heart for The Positivity of Life, and the readers for Heart will be:

In the Humor category:

Aussa Lorens from Hacker.Ninja.Hooker.Spy receives the People's Choice Award for Humor for 7 Ways Your Life Is Like High School , and the readers for Humor will be:

In the Exploration category:

Kristi Campbell from Finding Ninee receives the People's Choice Award for Exploration for Sometimes, I'm Maybe Not Myself. By My Maybe Autistic Son. , and the readers for Exploration are:

In the OpEd Category:

Lois Alter Mark from Midlife at the Oasis receives the People's Choice Award for OpEd for Miley Wasn't Alone on That Stage , and the readers in OpEd are:

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Congrats to all of the 2014 Voices of the Year, and thank you to everyone who allowed us the privilege of reading your amazing work during the submission process. See you in San Jose for the rockingest BlogHer ever, as we all come together to celebrate TEN YEARS of BLOGHER and BLOGHERS!!!


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