is thrilled to announce the launch of our third-annual awards contest! You're probably familiar with the Best of the Web contest, but this year we've done a little re-branding to capture the expanding scope of this initiative. So, we're pleased to introduce you to the 2013 Best Senior Living Awards.

The 2013 Best Senior Living Awards aims to identify the top resources, people, providers and organizations in a wide variety of senior living categories. Using a combination of public votes and a professional, standardized rating process, we’ve uncovered the most comprehensive, useful resources, influential people and forward-thinking organizations in the senior living space. 2013 Best Senior Living Awards Nominee

Take a look at this year's category breakdown:

Consumer Resources

Industry Recognition and Resources The process is the same as in previous years. Anyone may nominate their favorite on- or offline resources by emailing us at [email protected], sending us a Tweet to @seniorhomes using hashtag #SeniorHomesBSL or posting to our Facebook wall or our Google+ page.

To vote for your favorite individuals, websites or resources, head to the nominee page and click Facebook "Like" or Google +1. (That means you can cast your vote twice!) Nominees with the most votes on February 4, 2013 will advance to the finalist round. Finalists will be judged by our panel of esteemed judges using our standardized rating process.

We have a number of judges returning to lend their expertise to the program for the third year in a row, including Joy Loverde, author of the best-selling book The Complete Eldercare Planner: Where to Start, Questions to Ask, How to Find Help, and Shannon Martin, M.S.W., Community Aging Director at Aging Wisely, LLC. Several experts are offering their professional insights for the second year, including Bart Astor, who has authored a dozen books including the upcoming AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life: Smart Choices about Money, Health, Work, Lifestyle, and Pursuing Your Dreams, a joint venture between AARP and John Wiley and Sons.

We're also pleased to have welcomed a number of new expert faces to our judging panel, including Trisha Parker and John Parker, authors, speakers and Co-Founders of and Dorothy Sander, Founder and Publisher of Aging Abundantly.

Head on over to our contest page for the full details!