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Winners of inaugural Singapore Blog Awards winners unveiled

Singapore, 5 September 2008 - The results of the inaugural Singapore Blog Awards were revealed this evening at the Asian Civilisations Museum.

The Awards, organised by leading media company Singapore Press Holdings’ bilingual web portal, omy.sg, received over 6,000 nominations, and during the public voting period, saw over 70,000 votes cast by the public for their favourite blogs.
The list of winners included a marathon runner who won the Best Design Blog award, and a full-time tutor who won the Best Blog Shop award with her blog called "Joss Sticks", which offers exam papers and tuition classes. The Best Individual Blog was won by a young mother who is suffering from a rare illness, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.

omy’s editorial team shortlisted the top ten entries in each award category from more than 1,000 registered blogs. Thereafter, three professional judges were invited to judge the blogs according to their merit, and members of the public were also invited to vote for their favourite entries online. 70% of the results were determined by the judges, and the online votes accounted for 30% of the final results.
The three judges were Mr Man Shu Sum, CEO of Mark Burnett Productions Asia; Ms Kuo Jian Hong, Artistic Director of The Theatre Practice and homegrown movie director Mr Kelvin Tong of The Maid, Rule #1 and Eating Air fame.

Mr Tan Swie Hian, a prominent local multi-disciplinary artist and Cultural Medallion recipient, was the Guest-of-Honour for the evening. He was also the artist who created the unique trophy which was presented to the winners of the seven Singapore Blog Awards categories. The trophy was a fusion of modernity into traditional art form. In addition, the winners were each given a laptop.

The top three bloggers across all categories with the highest public votes were also awarded the Popular Choice Awards.

Chua Chim Kang, Editor of omy, said, “Our aim in organising the Singapore Blog Awards is to create a new platform to encourage blogging as a channel for greater interaction and exchanges of views, as well as to showcase the bloggers’ creativity. From the winners’ varied backgrounds in the first year, we see great potential for the Awards to develop and grow in the future."

The winners were named before a crowd of around 200 invited guests, including the blog awards finalists, trade partners and star bloggers like celebrity hairstylist David Gan and movie director Jack Neo, renowned make up specialist Andy Lee, composer Eric Ng and lyricist Xiaohan.

List of winners

i) Singapore Blog Awards’ Seven Main Categories

Category Blog Name Blogger URL
Best Youth Blog It was just a beautiful mistake Witch Yuki http://hiroyuki-world.blogspot.com/
Best Photo Blog TravelerFolio.com Eunice Khong http://travelerfolio.com/
Most Insightful Blog 铁齿直断 mobeizao http://blog.omy.sg/mobeizao
Most Entertaining Blog 阿谁的世界 Jimmy Lee http://ahshuiworld.blogspot.com
Best Design Blog ShaunChng.com Shaun Chng http://www.shaunchng.com
Best Blog Shop Joss Sticks Miss Loi http://www.exampaper.com.sg
Best Individual Blog 我看见黎明的曙光 Jane Chin http://janechin.blogspot.com

ii) Popular Choice Awards:
 

1st Prize ShaunChng.com Shaun Chng http://www.shaunchng.com
2nd Prize Sparklette.net Sparklette http://sparklette.net
3rd Prize 阿谁的世界 Jimmy Lee http://ahshuiworld.blogspot.com

For contacts of the winners and other media enquiries, please contact:

Alvin Lim
Online Marketing Executive
omy
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319-2490
Mobile: 9730-1792
Email: limlh@sph.com.sg

Adrian Cheong
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications Division
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319-2261
Mobile: 9798-6097
Email: cheongcy@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Newspapers and Magazines
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 81 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video on demand clips.

Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 percent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 percent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has a 80 percent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company, and a 35 percent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.