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ST does it again

It clinches awards in design and photography.

By Vince Chong
May 27, 2005
The Straits Times

THE Straits Times has bagged two awards for excellence in design and photography in a premier Asian publishing competition, maintaining a winning streak since joining the annual contest last year.

The redesigned ST, launched last October, was runner-up in the newspaper design category. Photographers Wang Hui Fen and Desmond Foo clinched an award two years in a row, bagging a joint second prize in the features category.

Ms Wang's award-winning shot was of Mr David Kinnear, who was paralysed after a stroke. The story was about how his children wrote a musical to raise money for his medical care.

Mr Foo's photograph was of Singapore sprinter Poh Seng Song, part of a set of pictures of Singaporean Olympians.

The annual competition, which the Society of Publishers in Asia (Sopa) has organised since 1999, aims at celebrating editorial excellence in the region.

Said Straits Times editor Han Fook Kwang: 'We have been winning design and photography awards in every competition over the last three years or so, but it's still a big thrill every time we win. It shows we've not slackened and that we are still up there with the best in Asia. These awards are a great credit to the talent we have in the newsroom.'

He was in Hong Kong to accept the awards last night, along with publications such as Asian Wall Street Journal, Taiwan's CommonWealth Magazine Group and Hong Kong's Apple Daily.

Apart from The Straits Times, two other Singapore Press Holdings publications won awards.

The New Paper (TNP) photographer Mohamad Ishak Samon picked up an award in the news photography category for his picture showing the massive hole left behind after the collapse of an MRT construction site at Nicoll Highway last year. TNP reporter Teh Jen Lee was runner-up for the Local Journalist Award.

Young Parents, published by SPH Magazines, bagged a prize for magazine front cover design. It also won last year.

There were more than 300 entries this year. Forty-four winners, out of 18 categories, were announced at the Marriott Hotel ballroom.