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

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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