Application Deadline: February 28, 2021.

The South African media are invited to submit their entries for the 2021 SADC Media Awards competition.

The Awards were established following a decision by the Council of Ministers in 1996 to establish a sector that deals with matters relating to amongst others, information, culture and sport. These awards serve as part of ensuring a link, coordination and synchronisation between formal structures of SADC governments, civil society, academia, labour and the media.

To promote regional integration and cooperation (cross-border issues), the awards aim to recognise excellence in journalism in the area of print, photo, television, radio as well as to encourage media practitioners in member states to cover issues pertaining to the region.

The SADC Secretariat now is pleased to announce the 2021 SADC Media Awards Competition. The Awards are in the fields of Print Journalism, Radio Journalism, Television Journalism and Photojournalism. Prospective entrants are invited to submit their entries accompanied by proof of their nationality to the National Adjudication Committee (NAC) in their respective Member States.

Rules of the competition
a) The entries should have been published/broadcast between January and December the year preceding the awards (2020) by a registered and/or authorized media house or agency or carried on a website of a registered and/or authorized media house or agency in any of the SADC Member States;
b) The themes of the entries to be submitted for the competition must be on issues and activities promoting Regional Integration in the SADC region, i.e. infrastructure, economy, water, culture, sports, agriculture, etc.
c) All media practitioners who are SADC nationals may enter the competition, except those in institutions contracted by SADC and the SADC Secretariat staff;
d) All works entering the competition should be in one of the SADC working languages, i.e. English, Portuguese, French and any national indigenous language of the SADC Region and should be submitted together with the transcript in one of the three SADC working languages, i.e. English, French and Portuguese. These should be published/broadcast (newspaper cutting, websites, magazines, audio CDs, USB and newsletters;

e.) Entries are invited from the following categories:
i) Print Journalism: comprising features/articles published in newspapers, newsletters, websites, magazines;
• Print Journalism submissions should have a minimum of 100 (one hundred words and a maximum of 2000 (two thousand) words.
ii) Radio Journalism: comprising broadcast material;
• Radio Journalism broadcast material should have a minimum duration of 1 (one) minute and a maximum of 30 (thirty) minutes. All broadcast material should be submitted on a CD or USB. The entries should be accompanied by electronic transcript in word format for translation purposes.
iii)Television Journalism: comprising televised material;
• Broadcast material should have a minimum duration of 1 (one) minute and a maximum of forty-five (45) minutes. All broadcast material should be submitted on a CD or USB. The entries should be accompanied by an electronic transcript in word format for translation purposes.
iv) Photojournalism: comprising published pictures with a caption;
• Photographic entries should have one (1) photo, or a pictorial spread of not more than twenty (20) photos published in one issue/edition. Each entry must be accompanied by an original newspaper in which photo (s) were published.

f) All entries must be submitted to the National Adjudication Committee not later than
February 28, 2021.

Prize

k) The first prize winners will be announced and receive their prizes during the 39th
SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government;
l) The Awards will include Print, Radio, Television, and Photojournalism. Each category carries a first prize of US$2,500;
m) The runner-ups in each category will receive a second prize of US$1000 and will receive the prize money and certificates in their respective countries through their
National Contact Point;
n) The monetary prizes will be accompanied by a certificate signed by the SADC Chairperson;
o) The prizes will be paid directly to the winner. In the case of a winner being unable to attend the ceremony, SADC will make arrangements to give the prize in his/her home country;

Entries need to be posted or delivered to MDDA or  any GCIS office nationwide marked :

MDDA                                                                    GCIS Offices
SADC Media Awards Entry                 or                SADC Media Awards Entry

MDDA – 1ST Floor                                                    Government Communications
5 St Davids Place                                                      1035 Francis Baard Street
Parktown, Johannesburg                                        Hatfield, Pretoria
2193                                                                           0028      
 

All entries must be submitted not later than 28 February 2021.

For enquiries, please contact:
Mr Ayanda Hollow
Cell: +27 61 488 0634

Ms. Mmemme Mogotsi
Cell: +27 72 856 4288

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the SADC Media Awards Competition 2021

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