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Meet the 2012 Denver #WebAwards finalists

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It's time for the 2012 edition of Westword's Denver Web Awards, our annual celebration of Denver's greatest digital minds. Back at the end of September, we put out a call for you, dear readers, to nominate your favorite online projects and voices, and a team of Westword staffers and contributors has spent the intervening weeks whittling your suggestions down to our final entries across categories featuring news, arts, food and music. Continue reading to see this year's Denver Web Awards finalists.

We'll announce the winners at a party on Thursday at RedLine. For more about the party, visit our Web Awards site: The night features music from Calder's Revolvers and a series of swag from sponsors, including Odell Brewing Co. and Colorado Cider. (Sorry, kids, but it's 21 and over -- and invitation only. For details on how to get in, visit our Facebook page on Thursday.)

And now, here are the finalists:

Best Sports Blog Denver Stiffs Mile High Report Predominantly Orange Purple Row Roundball Mining Company

Best Political Blog BigMedia.org ColoradoIndependent.com ColoradoPols.com CompleteColorado.com Denver Post's The Spot

Best Activist or Advocate Blog American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado American Friends Service Committee Denver Relief New Era Colorado Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

Best Marijuana Dispensary or Activist on Social Media Denver Relief Essential Extracts Leafly Kathleen Chippi Native Roots Apothecary

Best Athlete on Social Media Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets Missy Franklin, Olympic swimmer Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche

Best Politician on Social Media Albus Brooks Rhonda Fields John Hickenlooper Rick Palacio Mark Udall

Best Denver Twitter Account B-cycle Connect Colorado Denver Center For the Performing Arts RiNo Art District TEDxMileHigh

Best Boulder Twitter Account Boulder Book Store Boulder Parking The Fresh Ideas Group Ralphie Report 303 Cycling

Best Westword Commenter Dave Barnes Denver Dave Donkey Hotay Mantonat Robert Chase

Best Public Service on Social Media Denver Police Department Denver Water Denver Department of Public Works Denver Elections RTD

Best Podcast Colorado Sports Guys Danger Radio The Denver Diatribe These Things Matter The Too Much Funcast

Best Journalist on Twitter Lynn Bartels, Denver Post Kyle Clark, 9News John Ingold, Denver Post Ivan Moreno, Associated Press Megan Verlee, CPR

Best PR Flack on Twitter Laura Chapin, Democratic PR Rob McCallum, Colorado Judicial Casimir Spencer, 18th Judicial District  Jeremy Story, Dovetail Solutions Ellie Wallace, Colorado RNC

Best Fake Twitter Account Fake Bruce Benson Fake Dan O'Dowd Fake Denver Post Not Scott Gessler

Best Civic Phone App Visit Denver iVote My Fair Election Now, We Ride OpenBike

Best Sports Team on Twitter Colorado Rapids Colorado Rockies Denver Athletics Denver Broncos Denver Nuggets

Best Social or Political Campaign Denver Anarchist Black Cross Denver Fair Food Occupy Denver Plants & Animals Vegan Advocacy Waylon Lewis

Best Sports Phone App Denver Browns Baseball EpicMix Ski Application Mile High Sports Radio Predominantly Orange Ski & Snow Report

Most Viral Video "Denver," by TJ Miller "LadyLuck," by Petals of Spain "Juke Box" by Yo Soy Sauce "Shit Girls From Denver Say," by erinstreets1

Best Music Blog Concerted Effort Grimey Gatsby SlyVinyl.com ThisSongIsSick.com Ultra5280

Best MC on Social Media Bianca Mikahn Isis Speaks Spencer Foreman Wheelchair Sports Camp Whygee

Best Band on Social Media Bonnie and the Beard In the Whale Magic Cyclops Pictureplane Wheelchair Sports Camp

Best Nightclub on Social Media Beta Nightclub Club Vinyl Funky Buddha NORAD Rockbar

Best Shameless Self-Promoter The Chain Gang of 1974 Francois Mane Rok Rockstar Aaron

Best Music Video "Reach Out My Hand," by Bad Weather California "The Fallout," by The Epilogues "Glitter Party," by Sauna   "Fire," by Tollund Men "Where We All Live," by Wheelchair Sports Camp

Best DJ or Producer on Social Media Dirt Monkey DJ Ear Attent DJ Ishe Ben Samples Jerod Sarlo

Best Booze Blog Brewtally Insane Colorado Wino Denver off the Wagon Fermentedly Challenged

Best Food Blog BigWorldSmallKitchen.com Culinary-Colorado.com DenverOnASpit.com GraceFullPlate.com RuthTobias.com

Best Restaurant Website Cholon Euclid Hall Sushi Den TAG Vesta Dipping Grill

Best Eater on Twitter @anothersnark @datingdad @jesshunter Mo Smith Sarah Gore

Best Food Truck on Twitter Comida Crockspot Manna From Heaven Mikes2Kitchen Quiero Arepas

Best Bartender on Social Media Kevin Burke Ryan Conklin Matty Durgin James Lee

Best Food App BrewTour CO Chipotle app Forkly

Best Sex Blog Black Empress Center for Sex Positive Culture Mistress Saskia The Redheaded Slut Shanna Katz

Best Arts Blog Change the Thought Colorado Creates Donnybrook Writing Academy Theresa Anderson Art 12 Questions

Best Fashion Blog The Chloe Conspiracy Denver Fashion Beat Fashion Denver Fashion Folio Lucky Star Fashion

Best Artist on Social Media Elisa Gabbert Mario Zoots MCA Denver Sam Spina Suzi Q. Smith

Best Instagram Account TheBigKlosowski Coalatree ColoradoCannabis MannaFoodTruck Ultra5280

Best Web Photo "Bear Falls Out of a Tree at CU," by Andy Duann "Denver Skyline From Red Rocks," by Max Badham "Obama at The Sink," by Madalyn Starkey "Porch on Fire," by awsumist on Instagram "Wide-eyed Chipotle Worker and Romney," by Associated Press

Best TV or Radio Personality on Social Media Cassidy Bednark Vic Lombardi Chris Parente David Sirota Tony V.

Best Film Blog Boulder International Film Series Dave on Film Denver Post's Diary of a Mad Moviegoer Mile High Cinema Shoot Colorado

Best LGBTQ Blog The Denver Element Joe. My. God. Mile High Gay Guy One Colorado Shoutocracy!

Best Comedian on Social Media Adam Cayton-Holland Chris Charpentier Chella Negro Sam Tallent Mara Wiles

Best Hashtag #copolitics #denverdebate #GABF #redrocks #skicolorado

Best Local Meme Amendment 64 CU-Boulder bear 4/20 Peyton Manning victory Tim Tebow

Best Tumblr Because Denver Isn't Gay Enough Denver Is Strange Fuck Yeah Colorado Just Colorado Things You Know You're From Colorado When

More from our Web Awards archive: "Here are your 2011 Denver #WebAwards finalists."

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