Possibly with your help, Blender has been nominated for the Packt Open Source Graphics Software Award. The winner of this prize will receive $2500 - money that the Blender Foundation can put to good use!
The other nominees are Gimp, InkScape, jmonkeyengine and Scribus.
You can vote now. By voting you'll also have a chance to win an Amazon Kindle e-reader (which ironically enough is a very closed platform).
Voting ends on November 5th, and the winners will be announced on November 15th.