Learners between the ages of 14 and 19 have until October 26 to submit entries for the 2018 edition of DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition after the pay TV broadcaster extended the closing date which had expired on October 12.
According to the pay TV broadcaster, the deadline has been extended due to popular demand.
DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is an initiative by DStv and Eutelsat (a satellite company) meant to nurture young creative writers and designers.
This year’s topic is “Currently, satellites are being used in a variety of ways but there is always room for expansion and growth. Write an essay or design a poster on areas you believe the full potential of satellites has not yet been explored or embraced.”
The overall essay winner will be eligible for a trip for two to Paris, France before proceeding to the South American nation of Guiana to see a rocket launch into space.
In addition, the overall poster winner will win a trip for two to South Africa which includes a visit to the South African National Space Agency as well as the exploration of several heritage sites.
Schools attended by the two winners will also receive a DStv installation, including a satellite dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv E*******n Package.
The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition is open to all learners from secondary (high) or combined schools in Africa, the company says.
Accuracy, creativity, originality and innovation will be the criteria upon which the judges will decide the winners of the different categories.
The pay TV broadcaster also said that entries will be accepted in English, French and Portuguese.
Last year’s essay winner, Amos Mumbere will also be available on DSTVs social media platforms so as to guide the writers and designers via chat on what to do.