Definition of Penguin award in English:

Penguin award

noun

  • An annual award for excellence in television, made by the Television Society of Australia.

    ‘he won a Penguin Award for best actor’
    • ‘In 1982, her talent was formally recognised when she won the Penguin award for best actress in a series.’
    • ‘Those who started the Penguin awards had a lot of vision, but regrettably, the networks aren't able to have that vision.’
    • ‘He is the winner of a Walkley award and a Penguin award for excellence in news reporting.’
    • ‘The Penguin awards were introduced by the Television Society of Australia to promote excellence within the industry while providing a forum for discussion.’
    • ‘Over the years, the Penguin awards waxed and waned in popularity until they vanished from our screens.’
    • ‘She is pictured here with fellow Penguin-award winner Desmond.’

Origin

1960s: from the shape of the trophy, which, although it depicts an ear listening to a television tube, strongly resembles a penguin.