packt_logo_2009.jpgIt's that time again. Packt Publishing (news, site) has launched their fifth annual awards, but they've changed things up a bit this year.

2010 Contest Details

The prizes for 2010 total US$ 24,000, and there are four new categories added to the competition mix, bringing in a range of non-CMS areas. To reflect the broader range of topics, the awards have been renamed to the Open Source Awards. The new categories include:

  • Most Promising Open Source Project, open to all open source projects whose first release date is less than 2 years from August 9, 2010
  • Open Source E-Commerce Applications, open to both full applications and plugins
  • Open Source JavaScript Libraries, open to "JavaScript libraries of pre-written JavaScript controls which allow for easier development of Rich Internet Applications (RIAs)
  • Open Source Graphics Software, open to graphical application software used for graphic design, multimedia development, specialized image development, general image editing or to access graphic files

Per the changes put into effect in 2009, CMS's that won Best Overall CMS in previous years, Drupal (news, site), Joomla! (news, site) and WordPress (news, site), are entered into the Hall of Fame CMS category rather than being allowed to win this award again.

The Details

The first stage of the awards process is to nominate projects in each category. Nominations are currently open and will remain open until September. If you want to put your favorite project forth for an award, be sure to go to the Packt site and make your suggestion.

The top 5 nominated projects in each category will be named finalists. From there, the public can vote starting on September 27 and running through November 5. Results will be announced November 15.

To encourage people to participate, Packt is entering everyone who nominates and/or votes into a draw to win an Amazon Kindle.

For more details, check out the awards home page.