The Destination Gold Coast Content Awards aim to celebrate and embrace the best of digital and social storytelling. And the Gold Coast, Australia’s premier holiday destination, is the perfect subject for your story – in words, pictures, video, graphics or animation – through any digital platform. Entries closed September 30, 2018.

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Best Overall
Content Package

Industry Storyteller of the Year

Gold Coast
Image of the Year

Gold Coast Story of the Year

Newbie Award

Games 2018 Award

Content Star Award


The judging panel thoroughly enjoyed reviewing the many entries and the finalists in each category are:

Best Overall Content Package:

Guido van Helten – Gold Coast masterpiece by Southern Cross University (WINNER)
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Lost Valley
Pacific Fair

Industry Storyteller of the Year:

QT Gold Coast
The Village Markets by Sarah Schoeller (WINNER)
Gold Coast Foodie by Catherine Coburn

Image of Year:

Dawn magic at Currumbin by Lariza Cevallos
Knock off hour by Madeleine Jones
Paradise Rising Gold by Narelle Carter (WINNER)

Story of the Year:

Walk on Wild Side by Amanda Abate
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (WINNER)
Golden Age by Kirra Smith

Newbie Award:

Scout Magazine by Anastasia White
Binna Burra Showcase by Brad Moore
Binna Burra Lodge – A meaningful connection to nature and heritage by Leighton Pitcher (WINNER)

Games 2018 Award:

All that Glitters by Tiana Templeman
Queen’s Baton Relay by Amanda Abate
Mick Fanning’s Surf School by Josh Hamilton (WINNER)

Content Star Award:

Award by the judges and deemed best-of-the-best based on the highest score

Guido van Helten – Gold Coast masterpiece by Southern Cross University (WINNER)

Thank you to all entrants.  The number and quality of entries for the inaugural Destination Gold Coast Content Awards were amazing.  Congratulations on embracing the best of the Gold Coast in digital and social storytelling.

About the Gold Coast Content Awards

The Destination Gold Coast Content Awards aim to celebrate and embrace the best of digital and social storytelling. And by digital storytelling we mean words, pictures, vision, animation and graphics either through commercial and corporate channels or an individual’s own digital footprint. These awards unashamedly embrace the media of the 21st century and the new generations of storytellers, journalists, freelancers, photographers and creative.

We want to see the Gold Coast through the eyes of this eclectic tribe, acknowledging and rewarding the energy and effort that goes into portraying our wonderful city, its people, lifestyle and experiences.

Entries must have been published or broadcast between October 1, 2017 and August 30 2018 and be entirely your own work.

Entry is free and you won’t be signing over copyright or ownership of your content!

Judging has commenced and should be completed by 19 October, with winners announced at the Awards events on 4 December 2018. All entrants will be invited to make their way to the Gold Coast for the Awards event, so what your emails in early November for your invitation.

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30 June 2018

Entries Open

30 September 2018

Entries Close

19 October 2018

Judging completed

4 December 2018

Awards Event


Each category winner receives:

Content Star Award receives:
$1500 and a ‘not working’ weekend on the Gold Coast, including 2 nights’ accommodation and a $250 dining experience.

Newbie Award receives:
Category award prize plus mentoring session with Travel Bootcamp


Jason Thomas
Director, Destination & Corporate Partnerships
Tourism and Events Queensland & Destination Gold Coast

As Chair of the judging panel, Jason will coordinate a group of accomplished content practitioners from across the industry.

Awards Event

Already keen?  Pencil into your diary now:

Date: Tuesday 4 December 2018
Time: 6.00 – 8.00pm
Where: Ocean View Room and Terrace Bar, The Island, Surfers Paradise

Celebrate with us and witness some truly inspiring work and a chance to hear the deserved winners announced live.

An invitation will be sent to all entrants.

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