Australian Podcast Awards returns with new categories and partners for 2021

The Australian Podcast Awards is returning for its fifth edition this November, after experiencing a record number of entries in 2020.

This year’s awards will see the addition of four new categories to recognise the efforts of emerging content creators and teams working behind the scenes, taking the number of award categories to a total of 31 in 2021.

The new categories for 2021’s awards are Spotify Rising Star Award, Best Sales Team, Best Commercial Campaign and Best Marketing Campaign.

The Australian Podcast Awards has also announced Gold Partners Spotify, iHeartPodcast Network Australia, Nova Entertainment Podcast Network, Podfollow and Podnews as its first wave of commercial partners for 2021, while Omny Studio from Triton Digital joins as category partner.

Director of the Australian Podcast Awards Matt Deegan touched on the growth of the podcast sector throughout the pandemic, saying that 2021 was shaping up to be the awards’ biggest year yet.

“2020 was the biggest year ever for the Australian Podcast Awards – and we’re committed to making 2021 even bigger,” Deegan said.

“We know that people are turning to podcasts now more than ever before, and the content coming out of Australia is truly world-class. We’re thrilled to be launching this year’s awards as a way to further spotlight the incredible talent and content that’s helping push the industry forward.”

Submissions for this year’s awards are open now and close on Monday September 20. All nominees will be selected by a judging panel of industry experts prior to the category winner announcement in November.

This year’s categories include:

Show Awards

  • Best Radio Podcast
  • Best Arts & Culture Podcast
  • Best Wellbeing Podcast
  • Best Comedy Podcast
  • Best Business Podcast
  • Best Sex & Relationships Podcast
  • Best Network Or Publisher
  • Best Sports Podcast
  • Best Current Affairs Podcast
  • Best Lockdown Podcast
  • Best True Crime Podcast
  • Best Entertainment Podcast
  • Best Family Podcast
  • Best Interview
  • Best Documentary Podcast
  • Smartest Podcast
  • Best Fiction Podcast
  • Best New Podcast

Sales & Marketing Awards

  • Best Branded Podcast
  • Best Commercial Campaign
  • Best Sales Team
  • Best Marketing Campaign

People Awards

  • The Spotify Rising Star Award
  • Podcast Champion

Public Vote

  • The Listeners’ Choice

Special Awards

  • Best Indigenous Podcast
  • Moment Of The Year
  • The Creativity Award
  • The Spotlight Award
  • The Bullseye Award
  • Podcast Of The Year

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