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Announcing the winners of Singapore Blog Awards 2009

 Singapore, 14 September 2009 – After four months of online and offline vote rallying, the winners of omy.sg's Singapore Blog Awards 2009 will be revealed on 16 September at the swanky Supperclub. 


The winners will receive their prizes and trophies from Guest of Honour Mr George Yeo, Minister for Foreign Affairs. Minister Yeo will also be sharing his experience on using the new media. 

The organiser received over 1500 blog registrations this year, a 50 per cent increase in registration numbers compared to last year. Online voting to select the best blogs, which closed on 31 July, attracted over 160,000 votes. This is a 100 per cent increase in votes cast compared to the inaugural event last year.

Mr Chua Chim Kang, Editor of Omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, said: “We are heartened by the growing participation for the Singapore Blog Awards and hope that it will develop into an annual event that all bloggers can look forward to."

The judges this year are Mr Man Shu Sum, CEO of Mark Burnett Asia; Mr Kelvin Tong and Mr Royston Tan, both Singapore movie directors; Ms Kuo Jian Hong, Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre Practice; Ms Anna Lim, Radio 100.3FM deejay; Mr Josh Lim, Managing Director of Advertlets; Mr U-Zyn Chua, CEO of Ping.sg; Mr Samuel Ng, CEO of Marine Parade Family Service Centre; Ms Xiao Han, Director and Lyricist of Funkie Monkies Productions and Mr Chua Chim Kang, Editor of 
omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao.

The winner of each category will walk away with a custom-designed trophy created by Singapore Cultural Medallion winner Mr Tan Swie Hian and a variety of sponsored prizes. 

All bloggers and voters stand to win a total of over $20,000 worth of prizes by participating in the Awards. Prizes include mobile phones, shopping vouchers, overseas hotel accommodation packages, food products and more.

The 10 award categories this year are: Most Insightful Blog, Best LOL (laugh-out-loud) Blog, Best Individual Blog, Best e-Commerce Blog, Best Photography Blog, EASB (East Asia Institute of Management) Best Youth Blog, Best Lifestyle Blog, Best Modeling Blog, Best WTH (what-the-hell) Blog and Best Food Blog.

A list of this year's nominees in the various categories is attached.

(See attached file: List of finalists and winners- for pr 100909.xls)

Winners of EASB Best Youth Blog and Celebrity Blog Awards

Results of two award categories - the EASB Best Youth Blog and Celebrity Blog Awards - have been announced. Voting for the the best Celebrity Blog Awards categories through online and SMS, in partnership with Rednano Mobile, has picked the following winners:

Best Local Celebrity Blog Winner – Jeanette Aw
Best Overseas Celebrity Blog Winner – Aska Yang

The winner of the EASB Best Youth Blog category was announced earlier at a youth bloggers' event "The Next Big Blog" gathering on 10 August. Fifteen-year-old Teh Peiqi from Johor, Malaysia is the winner. (http://peiqi1993.blogspot.com).

Winners of the remaining categories will be announced on 16 September at Supperclub.

The night's programme also includes performances by award-winning local Chinese instrumentalist group, The Teng Company, as well as singer Chen Diya. 

The Singapore Blog Awards 2009 is sponsored by the East Asia Institute of Management (EASB), United International Pictures (UIP), National Heritage Board (NHB), Asia Web Direct, Koka, ST701, HTC and Play Smart Pte. Ltd. It is supported by local search and directory service, Rednano and two blog networks, Advertlets.com and Ping.sg.

The Singapore Blog Awards 2009 presentation ceremony at the Supperclub is supported by Supperclub, Movie Mania, Fabrix and The Teng Company.


Media Invitation

Your reporter and photographer are invited to cover the Singapore Blog Awards Presentation Ceremony on 16 September at Supperclub at 6.30pm. 

Please confirm your attendance with Francis Mah of Corporate Communications at 6319 1028 or email: mahys@sph.com.sg by 15 September. 

Programme for 新加坡部落格大奖 Singapore Blog Awards 2009

Date : 16 September 2009 (Wed)

      Time : 6.30pm to 9.30pm
      Venue: Supperclub, Odeon Towers, 331 North Bridge Road,
          Singapore 188720


6.30pm – Arrival of Guests and cocktail reception

7.30pm – Guest OHonour - Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo’s arrival

7.35pm – Opening Performance

7.40pm – Welcome address by Mr Robin Hu, Senior Executive Vice President of Newspaper Services and Chinese Newspapers, SPH 

7.45pm – Launch of Awards by GOH

7.50pm – Speech by GOH

8.00pm – Announcement of Results

8.20pm – Presentation of awards by GOH

8.45pm – GOH interacts with bloggers and guests

8.55pm – Performance Item

9.00pm – GOH's departure

9.05pm – Performance Item

9.15pm – Side Awards presentation followed by lucky draw

9.30pm – End of Event

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E

 List_of_finalists_and_winners-100909.pdf


For more information, please contact:

Alvin Lim
Assistant Manager, Online Marketing
www.omy.sg 
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 2490
Email: 
limlh@sph.com.sg

Francis Mah
Manager
Corporate Communications Division
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1028
E-mail: 
mahys@sph.com.sg

About omy

omy.sg (online mobile for the young) is Singapore's first bilingual-friendly (Mandarin and English) news and interactive web portal by leading media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH), primarily targeted at online users from 18 to 35 years old. The portal provides the latest news and infotainment for web-savvy users. omy.sg currently enjoys more than 8 million page views per month* and is one of the top news/entertainment/blog sites in Singapore.

With its unique features such as text-to-speech function and hanyu pinyin rollover for news articles, omy.sg is easy to navigate, even for users unfamiliar with surfing Chinese sites on the Internet. It engages users through various new media channels that they are familiar with -- via SMS, MMS, vodcast, podcast, Internet forums and blogs. omy.sg empowers users by providing an interactive platform for them to share their views and opinions with other users, as well as with the omy.sg editorial team. 

For those who prefer visuals to text, 
omy.sg offers an interesting range of vodcasts on current issues, lifestyle, fashion, beauty, cars, shopping and showbiz. There are also exciting online games for those who like challenges, and other interactive features such as geoblogging (blogging based on geographical locations), bilingual forums and sections for users to submit their own videos and photographs. 
Source: (*Nielsen NetRatings, Jul 2009).

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 79 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces
 close to 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 an 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; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal 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 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent 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. 

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.