Entries now open for SA Podcast Awards

Staff Writer
By Staff Writer, ITWeb
Johannesburg, 09 Jul 2024
The South African Podcast Awards look to set the bar for excellence in South African podcasting.
The South African Podcast Awards look to set the bar for excellence in South African podcasting.

Entries are now open for the inaugural South African Podcast Awards (SAPA), organised by the South African Podcasting Guild (SAPG).

The South African Podcast Awards, which SAPG expects to be the biggest podcast awards in the country, will recognise and showcase the best local podcasts and podcasters.

According to the guild, the goal of the initiative is to set the bar for excellence in South African podcasting, inspiring podcasters to continually improve their audio quality, show artwork, content and overall production.

“The SAPA aims to establish a reference point for high-quality podcasts, benefiting not only podcasters but also brands, media buyers and listeners, by highlighting exemplary South African podcasts. Since the SAPG's founding on 2 November, the team has been diligently planning this awards show to celebrate and elevate the local podcasting community,” says SAPG in a statement.

SAPG is a registered non-profit dedicated to fostering a podcasting community in South Africa, supporting podcasters, and promoting the growth and professionalisation of the industry.

The awards will be broadcast via live stream, with watch parties hosted across the country, allowing podcasters to come together and celebrate.

Entries close on 31 July. It is free for all podcasters, including non-SAPG members. To enter the awards, podcasters must register their show on the SA Podlist.

The SAPG leadership team will make an initial cut to create a finalist list. Finalists will be judged by a panel of experienced podcast professionals, says the SAPG.

Listener stats and downloads will not be considered in this first year, focusing instead on rewarding great content regardless of audience size.

For more information on the criteria, visit the awards website.

The categories are:

  • Podcast of the Year
  • Best Indie Podcast
  • Most Innovative Podcast Concept
  • Best Podcast Host or Hosts
  • Best Cover Art
  • Best Production and Sound Design
  • Best Scriptwriting, Fiction and Non-fiction
  • Best Business Podcast
  • Best Comedy Podcast
  • Best Documentary Podcast
  • Best Entertainment Podcast
  • Best Audio Fiction Podcast
  • Best History Podcast
  • Best Interview Podcast
  • Best Podcast for Kids
  • Best Knowledge, Science, or Tech Podcast
  • Best News Podcast
  • Best Sport Podcast
  • Best Personal Growth or Spirituality Podcast
  • Best Politics or Opinion Podcast
  • Best Society and Culture Podcast
  • Best True Crime Podcast
  • Best Wellness or Relationships Podcast
  • Best Branded Podcast
  • Best Music Podcast
  • Best Food, Leisure and Travel Podcast