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SPH wins four accolades for infographics, newspaper redesign and feature photography

Singapore, 26 March 2015 – Three of Singapore Press Holdings’ newspapers – The Straits Times, The New Paper and The Business Times – have received Award for Excellence accolades at the 36th edition of the ‘Best of Newspaper Design’ competition organised by the Society for News Design. 

The Straits Times picked up two Award for Excellence accolades. It won in the category of “Photography/Multiple Photos Photo page or spread” for its feature “Survival of the Fittest”, which looked at the behind-the-scenes training of the Republic of Singapore Navy’s diving unit. Its photojournalists Alphonsus Chern and Caroline Chia had spent five months embedded among the trainees in their quest to be qualified naval divers.
Another ST photojournalist Kevin Lim picked up the award in the category of “Photography/Single Photos Portrait”. Titled “She loves me like a rock”, it profiled a former drug addict and how his mother’s love and devotion helped him kicked his drug habit, and subsequently made him turn over a new leaf. 

The New Paper won in the category of “Feature design pages – Travel/Compact 50,000-174,999 copies)” for its infographic “Ola Brasil!” Created by Infographics journalist Billy Ker last year when Brazil hosted the World Cup, it listed down fun and interesting facts and trivia about the country in the form and colours of the Brazilian national flag. 
Financial daily The Business Times won in the category of “Redesigns Overall – newspaper” for its redesign of the newspaper when it was relaunched in October last year. This major refresh of the print edition coincided with a new look adopted for its website as well as its mobile apps on tablets and smartphones to provide readers with a better reading experience and a more enjoyable interaction with the paper. Led by Senior Executive Sub-Editor Michelle Low, the project team consisted of Gareth Chung, Senior Executive Graphics Journalist and Ludwig Ilio, Graphics Journalist.

The ‘Best of Newspaper Design’ competition invites entries from all magazines and general circulation newspapers — daily or non-daily, broadsheet or tabloid, traditional or alternative - published anywhere in the world, as well as syndicates and cooperatives providing material used in newspapers.

The Society for News Design (SND) is an international organisation for news media professionals and visual communicators – specifically those who create print/web/mobile publications and products. Founded in 1979, it is a US-registered non-profit organization with around 1,500 members worldwide.  The Award of Excellence is given out for “truly excellent work, going beyond mere technical or aesthetic competency. It honours outstanding entries for such things as being daring and innovative.”

Mr Patrick Daniel, Editor-in-Chief, English/Malay/Tamil Media group, said: “These international awards once again prove that we have thecreative talent in our newsrooms who can hold their own against their peers in the area of newspaper design, infographics and photojournalism. We are extremely proud of the winners in this year’s Best of Newspaper Design competition.” 


(a) Hi-res images of winning SPH entries for the 36th edition of the ‘Best of Newspaper Design’ competition organised by the Society for News Design

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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.


The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and My Paper (English section). It also consists of Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index, in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3. 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; the digital editions of Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao, four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZbBz Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM 100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like, and in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. 

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

Other Businesses

Online Classified and New Media

SPH's online classified and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds), sgCarmart and Streetsine; Asiaone, Stomp, and SPH Razor. 

SPH's regional joint venture online classified business, 701Search, has a number of leading online classified sites in the region.

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

In addition, SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.


SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.


SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

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