BONCAs 2016: Recap and List of Winners

November 22nd marked the first annual British Online Creator Awards, better known as The BONCAs. Hosted by Jack and Conor Maynard at the London Palladium, it was a delightful evening of celebrating the best of creativity and inspiration in British online content. Almost every British creator you could think of was there, as a nominee, presenter, or attendee – or all three!

Brothers Jack and Conor Maynard did an excellent job hosting the show. Their pacing and chemistry was wonderful, and they were even good at stalling for time when there were technical difficulties!

Dodie Clark was one of the performers of the evening. Accompanied by a live violin and cello, she performed ‘When’, an emotional, nostalgic track from her brand new EP, ‘Intertwined’. She nailed her performance and looked absolutely stunning in a long, yellow gown.

Also performing were popular duo Dan Howell and Phil Lester. After winning three awards between them, they took to the stage in complementary silver and gold sparkling suits to perform ‘The Internet is Here’ from their live stage show, The Amazing Tour is Not On Fire. It was the perfect song to conclude the show, being all about the joys of living on the Internet.

In case you missed the show, here is a list of all of the Golden Hashtag winners:

Series of the Year

Vlune – Adrian Bliss

Travel Video of the Year

BEYOND THE TOURISM – North Korea Day 5 – FunForLouis

Comedy Sketch of the Year

Sexy Torture Chamber (with Jack and Dean) – ChewingSand

Gamer of the Year


Food Video of the Year

6 Fruit Hacks That’ll BLOW YOUR MIND But You’ll Never Use! – SORTEDfood

Lifestyle Video of the Year

Spring Pinks Makeup Look – Zoella

Prank of the Year

RUDE YOUTUBER PRANK ft Superwoman – Caspar

Newcomer 2016

Josh Pieters

Best Use of Tech in a Video


Campaign Video of the Year

Our Changing Climate- JacksGap

Film of the Year

The Amazing Tour is Not On Fire- Dan Howell & Phil Lester

British Creator of the Year

Phil Lester

International Creator of the Year

Troye Sivan

Collaboration of the Year

Phil is not on fire 7 – Phil Lester and Dan Howell

As many creators mentioned at the event, the BONCAs provided a space solely for recognizing online creators in Britain. This is yet another step towards YouTube being accepted in the traditional world. Other award shows having a few categories for online creators is great, but having a proper, fancy award show made just for the online community is something special. We’re sure that the BONCAs will continue to grow in popularity in the coming years. Their American counterpart, The Streamy Awards, has seen success over its six years of running, so Britain will likely follow suit!

If you missed out on the show and want to be in the know, keep an eye on the BONCAs YouTube channel, where they will be posting highlights from the show.

What did you make of the first BONCAs Awards? Do you agree with the winners? Let us know on Twitter @CelebMix.

Written by Annemarie Cutruzzola

Canadian arts & culture writer and journalism student.