Winners Announced at 2019 Australian Podcast Awards

The Age's Wrong Skin, Chat 10 Looks 3 and Tony Martin's Sizzletown receive multiple accolades at Australian Podcasting's Night of Nights.

SYDNEY, Saturday 18 May 2019 – The biggest celebration ever of Australian podcasting took place last night, attracting over 400 people from across the country to Sydney's Seymour Centre.

Podcast hosts, producers, judges and fans were in attendance to network, and celebrate the local podcast industry, and see over $10,000 worth of prizes and trophies awarded.

Wrong Skin, a true crime podcast from The Age, about the 1994 disappearance and death of two Indigenous young adults in the Kimberley, took out the award for Investigative Journalism & True Crime, Presented by Stitcher.

Wrong Skin also won the inaugural Podcast of the Year award, beating out Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales's Chat 10 Looks 3. Sales and Crabb accepted their awards for Literature, Arts & Music, as well as TV, Film & Pop Culture, via video, as their Federal Election broadcast commitments saw them otherwise engaged.


The third podcast to receive multiple accolades was Tony Martin's SIZZLETOWN, which won both Comedy and the Yamaha Prize for Outstanding Podcast Production.

Still Jill, which brings listeners inside host Jill Emberson's personal account of living with ovarian cancer, won Documentary & Storytelling, Presented by Zoom.

On a night where the Federal Election dominated political narratives outside the Seymour Centre, Russia, If You're Listening, a podcast about Trump and the Mueller investigation, won Political, Social & Cultural Affairs.

ENTIRE LIST OF 2019 winners:


See You on Election Night - Saturday 18th May!

The Australian Government have called a Federal Election on the same day as the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards. They didn't consult us first, but we're fine with that!


In fact, we want you to know that we will do our best to minimise election FOMO whilst also celebrating the incredible work of Australian podcasters. I mean, what better way to experience an election than with a large group of podcasters from all over STRAYA?


For those travelling to Sydney for the awards, there are two main options for you to get your vote in early, either by postal vote, or an early voting centre. Neither option promises to include a democracy sausage, and neither do we, but we have put in a request with the catering staff at the Seymour Centre.


Our dynamic MC duo Tom Hogan and Bonnie Leigh-Dodds will keep you updated, and we'll do our best to make sure you feel included in any big announcements about who will be our Prime Minister (for at least next few months).

Important Update on the 2019 Popular Vote Category

We have been thrilled with the participation of 300 podcasts in this year’s Popular Vote category, thanks to the time and effort entrants and voters have given to support Australian podcasts.

It has come to our attention that one or more entrants or voters have been manipulating the results of the Popular Vote, and that the vote count of one or more entrants is being heavily influenced by the results of cheating. We have therefore hidden the vote count from public visibility to allow a full voter integrity check, before making the results public again, once this has been completed.

The Popular Vote remains open until 14th February, and we encourage podcasters to continue promoting their Popular Vote entry to your supporters. Finalists will be announced on 21 March, allowing us time to complete an exhaustive integrity check. The winner will be announced at the Australian Podcast Awards in Sydney on 18 May. We hope you can be there to enjoy the now-added suspense.

Please enjoy the last few days of the Popular Vote, and rest assured that the final results will be an accurate and fair reflection of our podcast community.

Event MCs Announced for the 2019 Awards Night


Allow us to introduce your MCs for the evening, Tom Hogan and Bonnie Leigh-Dodds. Tom and Bonnie are podcasters, theatre producers, and entertainers.

In 2018, they reached audiences all over Australia with their hit podcast Missing Richard Mercer and the sold out performance seasons of Love Song Dedications (Without Richard Mercer) in Sydney and Melbourne.

Tom Hogan

Tom Hogan is a multidisciplinary artist working across music and radio art, as well as writing and performance. He produced Missing Richard Mercer and the digital project and podcast Obscure Music History. He is a co-founding member of Ten Tonne Sparrow, creating comedy performance lectures, such as Alien Carl Sagan (2018) and Love Song Dedications (without Richard Mercer) (2018). He was just awarded Teacher Of The Year at JMC, and he's unsure if this should go in his bio or not, but his mum will be very proud, so why not? 

Bonnie Leigh-Dodds

Bonnie Leigh-Dodds is an arts manager and artist working in experimental art, performance, theatre...and now...podcasts! In 2018 she co-created and performed in Love Song Dedications (Without Richard Mercer) and was Executive Producer of Missing Richard Mercer the accompanying podcast. When she was 6 she forced her entire school to watch her do a one woman performance of Riverdance and her life has been more or less that kind of vibe for the last 20 years.  

about the event

The Australian Podcast Awards will be a celebration of our podcast community, a night to celebrate finalists and winners, but most importantly a night when the entire community gets together to celebrate this great industry we’re a part of.

Dress in your party clothes, strut the red carpet event, enjoy waiters serving you fancy food on platters, and enjoy meeting and mingling with your favourite podcasters at intermission and the afterparty in the foyer. Because you, podcaster, deserve it.

A theatre-style awards ceremony full of suspense and entertainment will celebrate and reflect our diverse and growing podcast community. The Seymour Centre is one of the most established, central and iconic 500-seat theatres in Sydney.

Acast to Support Diversity & Inclusion in Australian Podcasting

The Australian Podcast Awards are excited to announce global podcast marketplace Acast as sponsors of a new category that aims to celebrate one of the most important traits of the podcasting medium. The inaugural Acast Award for Diversity & Inclusion in Podcasting has been announced for the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards, and has already received a large number of entries.

Best Audiogram, Presented by Headliner - Finalists Announced

With entries still open for most categories (Until 14th February via this link), the ink is already drying on the first list of finalists for the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards.

The inaugural Best Audiogram, Presented by Headliner category opened for entries on 1 November, and has now completed its first stage of judging - a public voting stage. Audiograms are short videos that can be easily produced by tools such as Headliner, to turn your podcast into a dynamic video that can be shared on social media.

Entry was free for all podcasts that were already entered in other categories, and the Headliner tool is also free to use. The 6 podcasts that received the most votes will now be considered by an internal judging process, leading to the announcement of the winner at the Australian Podcast Awards on 18 May in Sydney.

Please join Headliner and the Australian Podcast Awards in congratulating these podcasts for making it to the final stage of judging for the inaugural Best Audiogram, Presented by Headliner Category.

Click on the image to view the finalists gallery.

Click on the image to view the finalists gallery.




In 2017, the inaugural Australian Podcast Awards (known as the Cast Away Awards) was held at Giant Dwarf in Sydney's Surry Hills. After a memorable red carpet hosted by Maynard, guests took their place in the theatre for the presentation of the first category, Comedy & Entertainment. The winner - Maynard!

Maynard has been part of the Australian podcast community from its early days, which he shares with us, along with his tips and podcast recommendations, below.