The 2015 Standard Bank Group Sikuvile Awards are celebrating the media revolution which has contributed to shifts of the balance of power in South African society.
This year’s awards recognise the changing nature of our South African media landscape. Each one of us relies on many media sources that we consider essential, each covering our specific interests, some of which barely existed ten years ago and maybe unrecognisable to us ten years from now.
This year’s awards are looking to celebrate journalism of the 20th century, identifying those who have embraced the new principles whilst maintaining integrity to the skills of the craft. The 2015 awards celebrate the writers, photographers and editors who embody these values, and who have used them as a foundation to produce excellent work.
The judging panel consists of respected journalists in the industry such as Paula Fray, David Wightman, Dinesh Balliah, Gus Silber, Henry Jeffreys, Irwin Manoim, Tyrone August among others. The quality of the submissions this year impressed the judges and Standard Bank believes that South African journalism can hold its own on a global stage. This year saw the number of entries once again increase, with 697 submissions, with 75 finalists across 14 award categories.
The Standard Bank Group Sikuvile Journalism Awards will be presented at a prize-giving function on 24th of June in South Africa.
This year’s award winners will have demonstrated their adaptability to the changing media landscape, whilst remaining true to the core values of journalism in South Africa. They have produced stories and images that have shaped our national consciousness, and they’ve done so with integrity, courage, tenacity and originality.
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