The Player of the Season award is awarded to a player (sometimes two) by the host of the season. It is given to a player that they feel played a noteworthy game or deserved some sort of recognition for their gameplay. The award first started in Survivor: World of War, and is an optional award given out by hosts.
The Fan Favorite Award is featured in most seasons. After the season a poll is set up for the community to vote on who their favorite player of the season was. The award was introduced in Survivor: World of War. Since then, it has been an on and off tradition for seasons to include.