SPH a big winner at Asia Media Awards - Apr 26, 2006 (ST)

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SPH a big winner at Asia Media Awards

By Carolyn Hong
Apr 26, 2006
The Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR - SINGAPORE PRESS Holdings (SPH) yesterday hauled in 11 awards at the fifth Ifra Asia Media Awards, making it the biggest winner in this edition of the annual competition.

The Straits Times led with five awards in four categories while The New Paper and the Malay-language Berita Harian won two each. The Business Times and the monthly Her World magazine also each won one award.

WELL DONE!: SPH staff won 11 awards at the annual IFRA in KL

In all, SPH took two gold, five silver, and four bronze awards in categories ranging from design to infographics, photography and print quality, from the gala dinner here last night.

'We are truly proud and honoured to be recognised again by regional peers for our design excellence and outstanding print quality,' said SPH chief executive officer Alan Chan. 'I congratulate all our winners. The awards are testament to the efforts of our staff in the newsrooms and printing operations, who put their hearts and souls into making our newspapers and magazines better each and every day. It also reflects the depth of talent and creativity in SPH.'

SPH also won half of the six Asian Newspaper Colour Quality Awards, formerly known as the Best In Print awards. Berita Harian and The Business Times won a gold and silver respectively in the category for newspapers with circulation of less than 100,000 copies. The Straits Times won a bronze for newspapers with circulation exceeding 100,000 copies.

Four SPH publications - The Business Times, The Straits Times, Berita Harian and Lianhe Zaobao - made it to the International Newspaper Colour Quality Club, the hall of fame for the print quality and colour reproduction for newspapers. The club is supported by Ifra, the Pacific Area Newspaper Publisher's Association and the Newspaper Association of America.

Straits Times photographer Wang Hui Fen, 34, nabbed two awards, a gold and a bronze. Her photograph - Ghostbuster - which won the gold award for feature photography, shows Master Chew, an exorcist who operates in the Katong Shopping Centre. She won a bronze award for her photograph of a pregnant woman with her child, taken at a shelter in Medan after the tsunami. 'I wanted to show her situation, being alone with a child and pregnant. She was so strong,' Ms Wang said.

Her colleague Terence Tan, 29, took home a silver award for feature photography, his second Ifra award. He won a bronze last year. His photograph shows a pair of hands holding red poppies, a symbol of remembrance for those who died in the war. It was to highlight the fund-raising drive of the Ex-Services Association of Singapore for war veterans. 'It's good that feature photography gets recognition than being just a pretty picture,' said Mr Tan.

New Paper photographer Mohd Ishak Samon, 45, won a bronze in feature photography, his third award since 2002.

The New Paper and The Straits Times also took the silver and bronze awards in the newspaper infographics category.

The Asia Media Awards is an annual industry event organised by Ifra to recognise excellence among individuals and organisations that have embraced new technology, innovative thinking and creativity. Ifra is a worldwide association of more than 3,000 media publishers.