It's coming to that time of year again where we joyfully celebrate the last 12 months of wonderful gadgets, gizmos, games and entertainment tech. Yes, the build-up to the 2016 EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards has started and we need you to get involved.

Our annual awards have been running for 13 years now and are prestigious amongst the tech and gaming communities. What's more, you have a say on which products are worthy of the ultimate in accolades.

We've already done a lot of work in the background, examining all the products we've reviewed and featured throughout the year to wheedle down a mighty list of candidates to, what we like to call, a longlist of the best. We now need you to help us trim it further, so we end up with the shiniest stars in each category.

Head over to our dedicated Longlist page on the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2016 micro-site and vote for your favourites. We'll then combine your opinion and our own to create a shortlist for each category. That will be announced on 11 October.

At that stage in the process, we then invite industry experts and peers in the field of tech journalism to vote, along with yourself and the Pocket-lint team. We believe that opening the process to readers and experts alike, it makes for the fairest awards process in the entire tech industry.

The winners will then be crowned during a swish event at the Shoreditch Town Hall on 23 November. 

The categories we're looking for your help on are:

  • Best Game
  • Best Camera
  • Best Phone
  • Best Tablet / 2-in-1
  • Best Laptop
  • Best Home Entertainment Device or Service
  • Best Headphones
  • Best TV
  • Best Smarthome Device
  • Best Wireless Speaker
  • Best VR Device
  • Best Fitness Gadget
  • Best Smartwatch
  • Best Car

We also have a Product of the Year category, but that is given to the best overall product based on each category winner.

You don't have to vote on every category, just the ones you fancy or know most about.

So head on over to the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2016 Longlist page now and help us celebrate the very best in gadgets and games.