Registrations open for South Asian Digital Media Awards 2021

Two new categories announced this year

The award ceremony will be held on 16 March 2023 during the Digital Media India 2023 Conference in New Delhi.

The registration for the South Asian Digital Media Awards 2021 (SDMA) is now open. The registration opened on 25 August, and the last date to upload the project is 15 October. The competition is open to all news publishers in South Asia. All entries must have been published between 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021.

A fee of INR 6,500 or EUR 85 + tax / per submitted entry applies. Indian companies can make payments through PayUmoney via Credit card/Debit card/Net banking at the end of the registration. Other than that, Indian companies can make payments by bank transfer.

Dealing with uncertainty during the Coronavirus pandemic, media publishers face the need to diversify their offerings beyond news via different formats to re-purpose and re-package their content into attractive products and services. To stimulate and incentivize these efforts, the South Asian Digital Media Awards has launched two new categories this year: Best Newsletter and Best Podcast / Digital Audio Project. 

South Asian Digital Media Awards categories-

Best Newsletter

This category is open to companies that have successfully included newsletters as a part of their editorial offering. The newsletter should have carefully tailored content that serves a specific purpose, a user-friendly interaction, coherent design, an original editorial angle and format, and measurable audience results in growth and engagement.

Best Podcast / Digital Audio Project

This category looks for innovative initiatives to tell the news through different audio formats: podcasts, audio notes, audio notifications or settings in smart devices or virtual assistants with AI technology (for instance, Alexa for Amazon), among others. Entries must demonstrate mastery of the chosen format(s), strong quality of execution, an added value to the listeners, and a measurable loyal audience.

Award categories

  • Best News Website or Mobile Service
  • Best Use of Online Video
  • Best Data Visualization
  • Best Newsletter – NEW
  • Best Reader Revenue Initiative
  • Best in Audience Engagement
  • Best Brand Marketing Campaign (for News Brands) 
  • Best Branded/Sponsored Content Campaign
  • Best Special Project for COVID19
  • Best Podcast / Digital Audio Project – NEW
  • Champion Publisher of the Year 

The ‘Gold’ winners from each category are nominated to compete in the World Awards. Participants can send more than one entry per category. The jury evaluation will begin on 1 November. The South Asian Digital Media Awards finalists will be announced in December, while the winners will be announced in 2022. 


In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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