The 2023 DSTV Content Creator Awards are Open for Entries

In proud partnership with DStv, TikTok, Sol and One-eyed Jack 

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

The awards are proud to partner with DStv again, as the title sponsor. “Along with the Content Creator Awards, DStv shares the aim of shining a light on the people who make us feel good,” says Tshepiso Sathekge, Senior Manager: Sponsorship, Multichoice SA.

“As Africa’s most loved storyteller, we are excited to once again recognise and honour new age narrators and uplifting exceptional local talent across a range of content pillars and platforms,” adds Tshepiso. “What’s more, this year DStv will launch the highly anticipated series Shaka Ilembe which premieres in June this year. Another example of how content creation is always at the forefront.”

Enter now: all the details!

Your one-stop-go-to-spot is, of course,

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.

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Put these dates in your diary!

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 (


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