About

Now in its 36th year, this competitions applauds and rewards those members of the media who excel in the reporting of Sport in South Africa today.

Over the last number of years, SAB has made a commitment to keep these awards in line with best global practice, listening in earnest to the feedback received from the Sports media in South Africa at large and ensuring the Awards are reflective of both the local and global media landscape.

This approach to evolve the competition continues again this year with the scrapping of an overall category winner (with the exception of Photography.) This decision was taken after lengthy consultation with our judges, entrants and other stakeholders and means that the overall prize money has been distributed across all the sub-categories.

The categories for the SAB Sports Media Awards 2016 are:

  • Written Media Award (Print)
  • Photography Award (Print and Online)
  • Video Media Award (Television)
  • Audio Media Award (Radio)
  • Digital Media Award (Including converged media and online, written, audio and video)
  • The Newcomer of The Year for sports journalists with less than two years' experience in the Industry.
  • Sports Breaking News of the Year
  • Sports Media Hall of Fame
  • Journalists Journalist of the Year

Entrants for the SAB Sports Media Awards 2016 should submit work produced between 1st October 2015 and 30th September 2016.

Entries open at 08:00 on Monday 12th September 2016 and close at 17:00 on Monday, 3rd October 2016.

Winners will be announced at an Awards Evening on Tuesday, 22nd November at the Wanderers Cricket Club in Johannesburg.

Judging Process

Once the competition has closed, each judge has the opportunity to score the submitted entries for their specific category. These entries are judged according to scorecards that are provided to each judge. Once this process is complete, all judges meet with auditing firm Grant Thornton where the final scores are tallied.

The top finalists are then discussed in an open forum and then voting for the overall winners and merit winners is decided upon.

This is done by private ballot.

If there is only one entry in a sub-category, no category award will be given. If the judges believe it is deserving of an award, a merit award will be given.

If the judges believe none of the entries in a sub-category are of a sufficiently high standard, no award will be given.

In the event of a tie a second round of voting will take place with the auditors present.

In the event of a second tie, the convenor gets the casting vote.

The entire process is audited by Grant Thornton to ensure it is fair and transparent.

Judging Critera

What the judges are looking for:

  • The overall quality and impact of the work
  • The integrity of the work
  • Tailoring the work for the target audience
  • Relevance of the work
  • Creative flair
  • Style and use of language (where appropriate)
  • Factual accuracy
  • Originality and fluency
  • Firm but fair judgement

All entries will be judged in the original language in which they were published or broadcast.

Catgeories

The categories for the SAB Sports Media Awards are listed below along with the prize monies. The awards will be awarded to the person(s) who has made the biggest contribution to the field of sports journalism over the past year. This is based on the entries submitted on www.sabsportsmedia.co.za and on the collective judges decision.

AUDIO MEDIA

The winners in this category will receive R15, 000 each in the following sub-categories: Sports News Reporter, Sports Presenter, Sports Commentator and Sports Producer.

VIDEO MEDIA

The winners in this category will receive R15, 000 each in the following sub-categories: Sports News Reporter, Sports Presenter, Sports Commentator and Sports Producer.

WRITTEN MEDIA

The winners in this category will receive R15, 000 each in the following sub-categories: Feature Writer, Columnist of the Year, Sports News Reporter

DIGITAL MEDIA AWARDS

The winners in this category will receive R15, 000 each for showing excellence in the following categories: Converged Media, Written, Audio and Video - all executed online.

PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

The winner will be the photographer who has consistently produced excellent photographic work over the course of the year. The prize for this category is R15, 000. The Action Shot of the Year will be awarded R 5, 000.

THE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

This award goes to a sports journalist with less than 2 years professional work experience.

SPORTS BREAKING STORY OF THE YEAR

This award will be awarded to a person(s) who have written a breaking factual sports story about a person, place, sports organisation or event that has been published or broadcast by a recognised media organisation. The winner of this category will be awarded R10, 000.

SPORTS JOURNALISTS’ JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

This award - a peer recognition award - will be awarded to a person who writes sports news for newspapers, online platforms, magazines or to be broadcast on radio or television. This local journalist must work for a recognised media organisation and be nominated by his/ her colleague. The winner will receive a custom designed trophy.

SAB SPORTS MEDIA HALL OF FAME AWARD

This award is for the person/s who has/have made a significant contribution to sports journalism over 15 or more years.

Past Winners

The winners of the SAB Sports Media Awards 2015 were:

 

Audio Media

Overall Winner:
Thabiso Mosia (PowerFM)

Sports Commentator of the Year:
Brian Letsogo

Sports Presenter of the Year:
Thabiso Mosia

Sports News Reporter of the Year:
Derek Alberts

Sports Producer of the Year:
Comfort Kheswa

Photography

Sports Photographer of the Year:
Anne Laing

Action Shot of the Year:
Moeletsi Mabe

Video Media

Overall Winner:
Junia Stainbank

Sports News Reporter of the Year:
Junia Stainbank

Sports Producer of the Year:
Dolly Mhlongo

Written Media

Overall Winner:
Gary Lemke

Sports Feature Writer of the Year:
Luke Alfred

Sports Columnist of the Year:
Gary Lemke

Sports News Reporter of the Year:
Stephen Nell

Converged Media

Overall Winner:
Simon Stephens

Newcomer of the Year Award

Overall Winner:
Morena Mothupi

Hall of Fame Award

Winner:
Duif du Toit

Sports Personality of the Year

Winner:
Wayde van Niekerk

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