The Open Source Awards is an annual online event held by Packt Publishing to distinguish excellence among Open Source projects.

Now in its fifth year, the Award (formerly known as the Open Source Content Management System (CMS) Award) is designed to encourage, support, recognize and reward not only CMSes but a wider range of Open Source projects.

This year BuddyPress has the honor of being a finalist in the “Most Promising Open Source Project” category, which is for all Open Source projects that made their debut within the past 2 years. We’re up against some stiff competition with LiveStreet CMS, Pimcore, Tomato CMS, and WolfCMS, so we’re asking for your support!

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want or care about the $2,500 prize for winning our category. Andy would really like a sweet 3D-TV, and I could use a posh new living room set myself, but we decided donating the proceeds to the WordPress Foundation was probably the best way to use any cash winnings. :)

To help make voting worth your while, PacktPub is giving away free Amazon Kindles to random voters and nominees. If showing your BuddyPress pride isn’t enough, do it for the opportunity to score a free Kindle!

So click the banner below and be whisked away to Packt Pubs voting page, where you can [help Andy enjoy Jurassic Park like it was meant to be enjoyed] [help John take epic naps on a new comfy couch] help support BuddyPress and maybe win yourself a Kindle!

Vote for your favourite Most Promising Open Source Project now!