Southern Light Award

In 2024, AIDC debuts the AIDC Southern Light Award, celebrating luminaries of the Australian documentary and factual industry.

Expanding the eligibility scope of the pre-existing Stanley Hawes Award, presented from 1997 – 2023, the AIDC Southern Light Award is a new $5,000 cash prize presented by AIDC to an Australian industry professional for their outstanding contribution to nonfiction screen, digital and/or audio media.  

The recipient of the 2024 Southern Light Award will receive a $5000 cash prize from AIDC and will be invited to speak at the AIDC Awards Presentation on Wednesday 6 March 2024.

The Southern Light Award complements six other category awards that are part of the 2024 AIDC Awards.


Nominees for the AIDC Southern Light Award must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be nominated by a current AIDC member. 
  • Be a producer, director, editor, cinematographer, sound recordist, presenter, facilitator, educator, broadcaster, distributor, commissioning editor or any profession deemed significant within the nonfiction screen, digital and/or audio media sector. 
  • Have made an outstanding contribution to the Australian nonfiction screen, digital and/or audio media sector for at least 10 years.
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Nominations will be judged against this criteria via secret ballot by the AIDC Board of Directors.


Nominating a candidate for the AIDC Southern Light Award is simple and free of charge.

If you wish to nominate someone for the Southern Light Award you must:

  • provide a 200-word written statement as to why you are nominating this candidate
  • be a current AIDC member who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident. If you attended AIDC 2023 or have registered to attend AIDC 2024 your membership is included in your registration. 

Alternatively, you can become a member by visiting AIDC Membership and completing a membership application form, along with payment of a membership fee of $38.50 (GST inclusive) plus service fee via direct debit. Once processed, payment confirmation will be sent to you via email and your membership will be valid for one calendar year from the date of payment (Please note that membership does not grant you access to AIDC 2024).




Prepare your 200-word statement about your nominee and submit your nomination via the link below.

AIDC Southern Light Award Nomination Form (FORM CLOSED)

For more information on how to nominate, please download the

The deadline for nominations is 23:59 AEDT, Tuesday 9 January 2024 

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