ST journalists win big at Asian awards - Apr 03, 2008 (ST)

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ST journalists win big at Asian awards

SPH bags 10 medals, six of them gold, at the 7th Asia Media Awards.

By David Boey
Apr 03, 2008
The Straits Times

JOURNALISTS from The Straits Times picked up four awards at the 7th Asia Media Awards last night - two for photography and one each for writing and the Stomp interactive and social networking website.

(top) STOMP: interactive and social networking website; (above) MAN AND HORSE: Photojournalist Alan Lim (Silver, Feature Photography)

The annual awards, which fete the best in Asian journalism and attract entries from across Asia, Australia and New Zealand, were given out in Macau.

Straits Times photojournalist Lim Wui Liang, 28, struck gold with his photograph of the aftermath of a traffic accident.

Fellow photojournalist Alan Lim, 34, picked up a silver in the Feature Photography category, while China Correspondent Sim Chi Yin won a bronze for a special report she wrote on Indonesian women who leave home to be maids abroad.

The newspaper's haul made it the biggest winner in the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) stable, which bagged 10 medals in all - six golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

Other big winners last night were from Hong Kong's South China Morning Post Publishers, which won eight medals, including four golds.

Asked about his photograph which took honours for the Spot News category, Mr Lim Wui Liang recalled the accident scene after a group of workers had been flung out of their truck - bloodstains, packed lunches and shoes littered the asphalt.

He said: 'The injured were already gone when I arrived, so I snapped the boots as they were telling evidence of what happened.'

Mr Alan Lim, a regular with fashion shoots, landed a winner with his picture of a jockey and horse at the Turf Club last year.

Straits Times editor Han Fook Kwang said he was proud of the paper's winners.

(left) ACCIDENT AFTERMATH: Photojournalist Lim Wui Liang (Gold, Spot News); (right) PSYCHOLOGICAL HELL: Photojournalist Bob Lee (Gold, Feature Photography)










'They may be young but they're committed and passionate about their work, and they clearly are up there with the best in the region. We're fortunate to have many such young talents in The Straits Times newsroom.'

Other SPH papers won awards for colour quality, a key indicator of excellence in printing.

Icon Singapore, published by SPH Magazines, won gold for being the Best In Magazine Overall Design.