The eighth edition of the DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards essay and poster competition is now open for entries.
Students between the ages of 14 and 19 are encouraged to take part in the contest, which is organised by pay TV company MultiChoice in partnership with European satellite operator Eutelsat.
Entries will take the form of a creative writing project or poster that focuses on “areas you believe the full potential of satellites has not yet been tapped into or embraced.”
Submissions can be sent to any MultiChoice office listed on the entry form, which can be obtained from any MultiChoice Resource Centre or through its website.
Entries are accepted in English, French and Portuguese and will be judged on accuracy, creativity and originality.
Submissions will be accepted until October 12 and the overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in February.
Twenty-four students will be selected from the expected 1,000 entries and two finalists will be chosen.
The essay category winner gets a trip to Paris, where they will see a rocket launch. The poster category prize is a trip for two to South Africa where the winner will visit the South African National Space Agency as well as explore heritage sites as guests of MultiChoice Africa.
The DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards began in 2011 with the purpose of encouraging young minds to be innovative in the areas of science and technology. Since then more than 7,000 students have been involved in the competition which has created a platform for the collaboration of the academic and scientific worlds in Africa.
Based in Paris, Eutelsat is the third largest satellite operator worldwide. It provides coverage in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the US. Eutelsat’s satellites broadcast into over 274 million cable and satellite homes.
MultiChoice is the parent company of pay TV platforms DSTV and GOtv, which are among the leading cable networks on the continent, broadcasting in at least 49 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.