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SPH wins seven awards at Asian Media Awards 2015

SPH wins seven awards at Asian Media Awards 2015

Singapore, 29 April 2015 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Asia’s leading media company, tonight won seven awards for outstanding newspaper design, editorial content, photojournalism, newspaper marketing and community service at the Asian Media Awards 2015. The awards were presented at the Publish Asia Gala Dinner by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Straits Times, the English-language flagship daily of SPH and the most-read newspaper in Singapore, bagged three wins:

· Bronze for Best in Design (Newspaper Overall Design) for its treatment of news, incorporated with creative headlines, design style and use of photographs.

· Bronze for Best Editorial Content (Newspaper Breaking News Article) for exploring a topic or issue of significance.  The award was for coverage on “MH370 crash” that demonstrated high standards of reporting and writing.
 
· Silver for Best in Photojournalism (Feature Photography) for a winning image of the new Sports Hub stadium taken by Desmond Lim. 

Lianhe Zaobao, SPH’s Chinese flagship daily, also won a Silver for Best in Photojournalism (Sports Photography).  Its photographer Jonathan Yeap documented the training regimen of the women synchronised swimming team in Singapore. 

The New Paper (TNP), known for its sharp tabloid journalism, won two awards:

· Silver for Best in Editorial Content (Newspaper Feature Article) for its coverage of the unethical practices of shops at Sim Lim Square.

· Bronze for Best in Newspaper Marketing for The New Paper Big Walk, Singapore’s biggest walking event which held a Guinness Book of World Record for the largest mass walking event in the world. 

The “See the Big Picture” campaign, one of the key events organised by SPH to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2014, won Gold for Best in Community Service.  SPH commissioned British artist and autistic savant Stephen Wiltshire to sketch the panoramic cityscape of Singapore in Paragon from memory after a short helicopter ride.  The event, supported by Germs Digital, attracted over 150,000 visitors in five days in July last year. The 4m X 1m Singapore panorama was presented to President Tony Tan Keng Yam last September, as SPH's gift to the nation for Singapore's 50th birthday this year. It is now on display at URA’s Singapore City Gallery. 

Besides showcasing SPH's advertising and marketing reach and effectiveness, SPH invited special needs and underprivileged children to meet and interact with Mr Wiltshire, and gave merchandising rights of the artwork to Pathlight School to produce exclusive prints and unique gifts, with sales proceeds going to Autism Resource Centre in aid of people with autism. (For enquiries, please email: mall@pathlight.org.sg.)

Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer of SPH, said: "As Asia's leading media company, SPH prides itself in delivering quality editorial content to our readers and advertisers. The awards won by our dailies are testimony of our professionalism and commitment to excellence.  Corporate Social Responsibility is also part and parcel of our organisational success. The recognition for our 'See the Big Picture' campaign, which has garnered many awards to date, demonstrates our dedication in serving and helping our community."

"See The Big Picture" also won:
· Three gold awards for Best Brand Awareness Campaign, Best Original Content and Best Use Of Mobile For An Event, and one silver award for Best Integration of Mobile at the Mob-Ex Awards 2015  
· One gold award for Best Web Video - Documentary by SPH Razor at the W³ Awards 2014 
· Three silver awards for Best Consumer Event, Best Exhibition Event and Best Multi-Channel Campaign at the Marketing Events Awards 2014 
· One silver award for Best PR Idea and one bronze for Most Creative PR Stunt at PR Awards 2015
· One bronze award for Entertainment & Branded Content – Live Experience at the Creative Circle Awards 2014
Attached images:
1. Desmond Lim’s winning photo
2. Jonathan Yeap’s winning photo
3. Mr Stephen Wiltshire sketching Singapore’s cityscape in July 2014
Credits: SPH

For high res photos, please contact Vanni Cheong.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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For more information, please contact:

Ms Chin Soo Fang
Head
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1216
Mobile: 9688 6209
Email: 
soofang@sph.com.sg

Ms Vanni Cheong

Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings 
DID: 6319 1553

HP: 9617 4713
E-mail:
 cvanni@sph.com.sg

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.

Media 
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  hardwarezone.comherworldplus.com and luxuryinsider.com 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, omy.com 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.

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


Properties

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.

For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.