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Singapore Blog Awards 2013 - Blog Your Way to a free trip to the Northern Territory, Australia!

 

Registration/ Nomination for Singapore Blog Awards 2013 now open 

Singapore, 5 April 2013 – The annual Singapore Blog Awards returns for the sixth year with more exciting events and prizes. Bloggers stand to win a trip, inclusive of air tickets and accommodation, to the Northern Territory, Australia, among other attractive prizes worth a grand total of over $35,000. 

Organised by 
omy.sg (www.omy.sg), Singapore Press Holdings' leading bilingual news and entertainment portal, and presented by Panasonic, the Singapore Blog Awards honours independent content producers who devote their time and energy to create and maintain informative and innovative blogs. 

There is a total of ten main categories, two celebrity categories and seven special categories. A complete list of award categories can be found in Appendix A.

This year, 
omy.sg introduces the “Best Microblog” award, a brand new addition to the ten main categories of Singapore Blog Awards, created to acknowledge the increasing popularity of short format blogging platforms like Twitter and Weibo. 

The two celebrity categories, “Panasonic Most Popular Local Celebrity Blog/Microblog” and “Panasonic Most Popular Overseas Celebrity Blog/Microblog”, will be determined entirely by public voting. 

The seven special categories are organised together with different sponsors, challenging bloggers to participate in specific blogging assignments to make the Singapore Blog Award more fun and engaging for everyone. 


For instance, finalists in the “Panasonic Best Cooking Blog will be required to showcase their culinary flairs and those in the “Glossi Best Modelling Blog” will be required to best model and showcase Glossi eye wears. 

Other special categories include “Panasonic Best Eco-Challenge Blog”; “Panasonic Best Beauty Blog”; “Qoo10 Best Online Shopping Blog”; “Levi’s Best 501 Interpretation Blog”; and “JBL Best Pop/Music Blog”. 

Lee Kuan Fung, Head, Chinese Newspapers Division Digital Strategy, Singapore Press Holdings, said: "Blog content is diverse in nature, fusing written text, still images, as well as videos to bring about a dynamic reading experience. Leveraging on the advent of social media, bloggers are now able to propagate their content to wider and more diverse audiences. As the Singapore Blog Awards enters into the sixth year, 
omy.sg's commitment to reward and develop outstanding independent content producers remains and is more resolute than ever." 

Nomination and registration is now open till 10 May, followed by a voting and judging phase which will end in June. This year’s Singapore Blog Awards will see a series of exciting events in the months leading to the finale event in July. These include three bloggers’ workshops hosted by Panasonic, various movie previews with Shaw as well as a slew of other engaging events organised with sponsors. 


The theme for this year is “60s Fever”, in line with this year being the sixth year of the Singapore Blog Awards. The award ceremony will be held at the chic Shanghai Dolly club in July.

Members of the public can log on to the official SBA site (
http://sgblogawards.omy.sg) to nominate their favourite blogs. Bloggers can also participate directly by registering themselves for the Awards.

The Singapore Blog Awards is part of a series of events branded under Social Media Fiesta (
http://project.omy.sg/social-media-fiesta), an omy.sg social media initiative. 




Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E


For more information, please contact:

Mr Alvin Lim
Assistant Manager, Online Marketing

www.omy.sg 
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 2490
Email
limlh@sph.com.sg

Mr Gary Yeo
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1225
Email: 
garyyeo@sph.com.sg


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Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E

About omy.sg

omy.sg is Singapore's first bilingual-friendly (Chinese and English) interactive web portal by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH). It is available on mobile platforms via two apps on both iPhone and Android - omy News and omy Showbiz. The portal provides the latest news and info-tainment for web-savvy users who want to be engaged and involved with the news they read. omy.sg enjoys over 15 million page views* from 550,000* unique visitors per month, and is one of the top news/entertainment/blog sites in Singapore. omy.sg also manages a community of 3,000 bloggers registered with the omy Blog Club and is the only media in Singapore organising a series of social media events annually under its Singapore Social Media Fiesta branding, covering major social media platforms.

About Singapore Blog Awards

The Singapore Blog Awards is the biggest social media event in Singapore. It is organised by omy.sg and is branded under omy.sg’s Singapore Social Media Fiesta, a series of social media events running from April to July annually. Into it’s sixth year running in 2013, the award attracts over 1,500 blog registrations each year and is an annual showcase of some of best blogs in Singapore and regionally. The trophy for the award is designed by Tan Swie Hian, the most expensive living artist in Singapore and winners this year will get to travel to Northern Territory, Australia.

About omy Blog Club

The omy Blog Club has a member base of over 3,000 registered bloggers and is managed by the team at omy.sg. There is no registration fee to join and anyone with a blog is welcome to join the community. Members get exclusive invitations to movie previews, product launches and other exciting media events.


About Singapore Press Holdings

Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. It publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages and over 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region. On an average day, – 3.05 million individuals or 76 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH’s internet editions of its major newspapers enjoy over 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors each month. Other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, omy.sg, ST701, Stomp and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH has also ventured into book publishing, broadcasting, out-of-home advertising and properties. For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.