Meet your 2012 Denver #WebAwards winners
Allen Klosowski is a professional photographer and social-media specialist for the Denver Post. His daily photos from the Post building, as well as his documented walks through downtown Denver, provide a professional view through an amateur medium. Instagram has changed the way people interact by utilizing photos rather than words, so for someone to really use it means that it's not all duck-face portraits and narcissistic posts about the current meal in front of the user. Klosowski dominates this realm with images that show the real face of Denver instead of the perplexed face taking the pictures.
Best Web Photo: "Bear Falls Out of a Tree at CU," by Andy Duann
This is the kind of photo that begs to be made into a meme: a tranquilized bear falling, spread-eagled, out of a tree and onto a padded mat while no fewer than five cop-like folks (including one in a cowboy hat) stand around spotting him like they're participating in some bizarre bonding experience at a high-ropes course. Simply put, photos like this are why the Internet exists.
Best TV or Radio Personality on Social Media: Cassidy Bednark
Known all over the world, Cassidy Bednark's wheels of steel can be heard all over the state on a regular basis. His work with the Denver Nuggets as DJ Bedz skyrocketed him to local celebrity status, followed by residencies at various LoDo bars and the new Press Play in Boulder. On the Internet, where real personalities are presented, Bednark uses his reach to spread the word about upcoming events, local happenings both entertaining and occasionally political. Steering clear of negative conversation, Bednark uses his voice and status to inform, educate and humor the masses.
Best Film Blog: Mile High Cinema
While Brad McHargue started writing about film on his now-defunct I Love Horror blog and was a contributor to HorrorSquad with Mile High Cinema, which he founded, his blog reveals knowledge that extends beyond what might be his favorite genre. In addition to covering film events in Denver and surrounding areas, he and a quartet of other writers present well-crafted reviews of current films.
Best LGBTQ Blog: Mile High Gay Guy
Mile High Gay Guy has been holding it down as the premier resource for LGBTQ information and events since 2007. Once run solely by creator Drew Wilson, the Colorado-centric site has recently expanded, with a cadre of contributors who provide relevant political, social and entertaining content daily, with an inclusive mission and a stellar viewpoint.
Best Comedian on Social Media: Sam Tallent
Sometimes it can feel as though comedians use social media to try out material on an ever-present audience -- but Sam Tallent doesn't. Instead, the eternally positive funny dude and co-founder of the Fine Gentleman's Club uses Twitter to share comedic observations about his freelance-comic life. On second thought, maybe Tallent is using Twitter as a joke dartboard, and we just can't tell because he's that good.
Best Hashtag: #copolitics
This hashtag is beautiful in its simplicity. Want to know what's going on in Colorado politics? Search Twitter for #copolitics and be treated to a continually updated feast of information, courtesy of journalists, insiders, commentators and politicians themselves.
Best Local Meme: CU-Boulder bear
Just look at that bear: floating in space, its whole life before its eyes. That bear has no idea what's going on, and neither, at first, did the people who saw it all across the Internet. The image could fit into any context, and thanks to the Internet, it did. Shot by CU-Boulder student Andy Duann as a tranquilized bear was falling out of a tree, the photo was transformed into scenes both funny and pitiful, grammatically correct and punctuation-challenged, thanks to user-submitted captions and the power of the Internet.
Best Tumblr: Denver Is Strange
From photos of late-nineteenth-century Colorado opium dens to strange vintage signs and Weekly World News articles that focus on the Queen City of the Plains, Denver Is Strange collects all sorts of photos and tidbits of obscure history that make this such a wonderfully weird city. It's the Tumblr to visit for vintage photos, old tourist postcards, and pieces of nearly forgotten memorabilia like a cheesy 1970s song about Denver. Without Denver Is Strange, these pieces of local history might be lost to time; instead, they're conveniently collected in one place for viewers to scroll through and celebrate.