Wan-Ifra: South China Morning Post leads winners at 20th Asian Media Awards

Content, photography, design and service dominate winning news entries in Asia

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Winning entries to the Wan-Ifra Asian Media Awards 2021 Image Wan-ifra
Winning entries to the Wan-Ifra Asian Media Awards 2021 Image Wan-ifra

Now in their 20th year, Wan-Ifra’s Asian Media Awards aim to promote the highest publishing standards in the fields of newspaper and magazine design, infographics, editorial content, marketing, community service, revenue diversification and photojournalism.
Several major Asian news publishers won big at this year’s Wan-Ifra’s Asian Media Awards. They are among the 34 media companies from 9 countries that took in this year’s competition.

South China Morning Post – 9 awards
Magazine Cover Design – Gold, Silver
Breaking News Article – Gold, Silver
Feature Article – Silver
Covid-19 Reporting – Silver
Newspaper Infographics – Gold. Silver, Bronze

India Today Group – 5 awards
News Photography – Gold, Silver
Feature Photography – Gold, Bronze
Covid-19 related Photography – Silver

Nikkei Inc. – 4 awards
Magazine Cover Design – Bronze
Feature Article – Gold
Covid-19 Reporting – Gold, Bronze

Kompas Daily Newspaper – 3 awards
Newspaper Front Page Design – Gold
Covid-19 related Photography – Bronze
Newspaper Marketing – Bronze

Singapore Press Holdings – 3 awards
Breaking News Article – Bronze
Feature Article – Bronze
Feature Photography – Silver

This year’s competition also saw first-time winners in Khaleej Times, Arab News, Rashtradoot, VnExpress, kumparan.

Three new categories were introduced this year:
Best in Covid-19 Reporting which recognises an article or a series of articles covering findings and reports relating to the Covid-19 pandemic
Best Covid-19-related Photography which recognises work which best captures key moments in the Covid-19 pandemic. This replaces the previous Sport Photography category
Best Revenue Diversification Project/Product/Service which recognises new innovative projects/products/services which engage audiences and increase media brand awareness while creating a new and sustainable revenue stream.
For the full list of winners, visit https://wanifraevents.eventsair.com/asian-media-awards/winners-2021

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

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