One of the greatest joys of my job is being a part of our Pacesetter Awards. Every year I think I’ve been as inspired as I possibly can, and then I read the next year’s nominations. Our area is overflowing with selfless individuals who make our community a better place. I’m sure you know a few. Now’s the time to get them the recognition they deserve.

The Camera is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Pacesetter Awards. Presented since 1985, these prestigious awards recognize Boulder County residents who have made significant contributions in the areas of arts and entertainment, business, community service, education, the environment, quality of life, and science, medicine or health. We also have a youth category to recognize those who are 18 years of age or younger.

Submit your nomination at dailycamera.com/pacesetters or pick up a nomination form at the Camera office (5450 Western Ave., Boulder).

Winners will be selected based on their contributions, including donations of time, talent, money or life’s work that have had an impact on the community. The 2012 Pacesetters will select the 2013 Pacesetters, who will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel.

Don’t delay. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11. I look forward to reading your submissions and getting inspired all over again.