Calling all South African content creators, brands, influencers and agencies! Entries are now open for the second annual DStv Content Creator Awards. It’s time to put your best piece of content or platform forward for the chance to be crowned a winner and follow in the pioneering footsteps of the likes of Nadia Jaftha, Donovan Goliath, Lemii Loco, Coconut Kelz, Siv Ngesi, Rudi Smit, Kim Jayde and the other 2022 winners.

Every year the awards aim to evolve and introduce new elements. This year will see big changes across the categories, with several new awards being introduced, while some of the favourites return.

This year’s categories are now split into two buckets, namely: Captivating Content and Special Interest.

Captivating Content
Cause/Social Commentary Award
Sol Content Creator Award
DStv Content Creator of the Year Award
Thumb-stopping Award
Emerging Creator Award
Alter-Ego Award
Funniest Content Award
Song of the Year Award
Podcast of the Year Award
Best Brand Collaboration Award

Special Interest
Knowledge Sharing Award
Fashion & Style Award
Foodie Award
Dance Award
Automotive Award
Travel & Lifestyle Award
Visual Arts Award
Sports Fan Award

Like last year, creators cannot enter the DStv Content Creator of the Year category. Instead, the top five highest scored pieces of content of all entries in the ‘Captivating Content’ bucket will automatically become the five nominees.

Additionally, more categories go out to public vote than last year, a total of six:

Cause/Social Commentary Award
Sol Content Creator Award
Emerging Creator Award
Alter-Ego Award
Funniest Content Award
Podcast of the Year Award

Enter now: all the details!
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Visit the website for all the details, the nitty-gritty on each category, entry criteria and FAQs. This year, the organisers have introduced a new entry platform, Judgify, to make it easier and simpler to enter. The closing date for entries is 19 June 2023, and is for content created between April 2022 and April 2023.

Creators, brands and agencies may enter multiple categories if they’re applicable, but unlike last year, you may only enter once in some categories, so choose your entry wisely. Most categories are free to enter. The agency/brand categories have a nominal entry fee, with the proceeds going towards a workshop for emerging talent.

Here are some of the key dates and events in this year’s awards calendar:
Entries open: 3 May to 19 June
Content Creator Workshop: June
Judging: June-July
Nominee Announcement: July
Voting opens (public voting categories only): July
Voting closes: August
Awards show: Saturday 9 September. Tickets are now on sale via Quicket here (