About

Now in its 37th year, this competition applauds and rewards those members of the media who excel in the reporting of Sport in South Africa today.

Over the last few 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, past judges, entrants and winners to ensure these Awards are reflective of both the local and global media landscape.

The categories for the SAB Sports Media Awards 2017 are:

  • Written Media Award (Print and Online)
  • Photography Award (Print and Online)
  • Video Media Award (Television and Online)
  • Audio Media Award (Radio and Online)
  • Digital Media Award (To show proficiency across at least two media disciplines with amplification across Social Media channels)
  • The Newcomer of The Year for sports journalists with less than two years' experience in the Industry.
  • SAB Sports Media Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Journalists Journalist of the Year Award

Entrants for the SAB Sports Media Awards 2017 should submit work produced between 1st October 2016 and 30th September 2017.

Entries open at 08:00 on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 and close at 17:00 on Friday, 6th October 2017.

Winners will be announced at an Awards Evening on Thursday, 23rd 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 2016 are listed below along with the prize monies for the overall winner in each category. Category winners receive a cash prize of R15,000

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 R5, 000.

THE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

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

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.

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 2016 were:

 

Newcomer of the Year Award

Winner:
Carl Lewis (EWN Sport)

Digital Media Winners

Converged Media:
Antoinette Muller (Daily Maverick)

Audio Media:
Vumani Mkhize (EWN Sport)

Video Media:
Leila Dougan (Daily Maverick)

Written Media:
Antoinette Muller (Daily Maverick)

Audio Media

Sports News Reporter of the Year:
Johan Le Roux (SABC)

Sports Producer of the Year:
Jody Hendricks (RSG)

Sports Presenter of the Year:
Jody Hendricks (RSG)

Written Media

Sports Feature Writer of the Year:
Lungani Zama (Independent Media)

Sports Columnist of the Year:
Lungani Zama (Independent Media)

Sports News Reporter of the Year:
David Isaacson (Times Media)

Photography

Sports Photographer of the Year:
Anne Laing (Highbury Safika Media)

Action Shot of the Year:
Anne Laing (Highbury Safika Media)

Video Media

Sports News Reporter of the Year:
Junia Stainbank (eNCA)

Sports Producer of the Year:
Mandla Ntsibande (SuperSport)

Sports Commentator of the Year:
Kaunda Ntunja (SuperSport)

Sports Presenter of the Year:
Mpumelelo Mbangwa (SuperSport)

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