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SPH wins two awards at SOPA 2013 Awards for Editorial Excellence

Singapore, 6 June 2013 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) bagged two awards at the SOPA 2013 Awards for Editorial Excellence held tonight at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong. 

The SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence were established by The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) in 1999 as a tribute to editorial excellence in both traditional and new media and were designed to encourage editorial vitality throughout the region. 

At this year's SOPA awards, SPH won the following accolades:

Excellence in News Photography (Honourable Mention)
The New Paper on Sunday – Kelvin Chng for LionsXII survive Sarawak 'hell'

Excellence in Feature Photography (Honourable Mention) 
The Straits Times – Desmond Lim for Hiding Place: Singapore's first halfway house

The New Paper won an Honourable Mention in the category of Excellence in News Photography. The winning photograph for the story LionsXII survive Sarawak 'hell' was taken by Kelvin Chng, who was a photojournalist with The New Paper for 11 years, and is now with the English and Malay Newspapers Division's Editorial Support Service Unit as a Systems Support Specialist in SPH.

Mr Dominic Nathan, Editor of The New Paper, said: "Sports photography is a specialised field in itself, but this time Kelvin caught the action off the field as well, after the final whistle. The LionsXll were pelted with water bottles after a bruising away win against Sarawak. And Kelvin survived Sarawak hell with an award-winning shot. The award is also great recognition of The New Paper's effort in giving our readers the best sports coverage in Singapore. No one covered the return of the Malaysian Super League last year like we did and going forward, you can count on more action shots, on and off the field."

Two of The New Paper's journalists were also finalists in their respective categories. Zaihan Mohamed Yusof was a finalist for the prestigious Journalist of the Year award, while Judith Tan's scoop of the extra-marital affair of former Speaker of Parliament Michael Palmer in her report Source. Messages. Scandal was a finalist for The Scoop Award. 

The Straits Times photojournalist Desmond Lim won an Honourable Mention in the category of Excellence in Feature Photography. Desmond won for his series of photographs in Hiding Place: Singapore's first halfway house. He lived in the halfway house for 10 days weeks to document the everyday lives of its residents. Desmond was also part of the team that won an Honourable Mention in the same category at last year's SOPA awards. 

Ms Stephanie Yeow, Picture Editor at The Straits Times, said: "We are extremely proud of Desmond, to say the least. He is one of our most talented photographers. Even though he was a runner-up tonight, he's number one in my book."

In addition, The Straits Times' Lim Yong and Quek Hong Shin were named finalists for Excellence in Information Graphics for their infographics work in Mirroring Nature, while Manny Francisco was a finalist for Excellence in Editorial Cartooning for China plays its Asean game.

The SOPA Awards were divided into three groups, A, B and C. Under SOPA's classification, SPH contended for awards in Group B, categorised as English-language newspapers that circulate primarily in one or two countries, English-language magazines with circulation under 50,000 and English-language websites with 5 million monthly uniques or below.

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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, 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.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 
In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs
(STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.

In the radio business, SPH has a 92.9% per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPH MediaBoxOffice.

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its second retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. SPH‘s latest retail development project, The Seletar Mall, is slated for completion by end 2014.

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