Post picks up record nine awards for news design

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 February, 2012, 12:00am

The South China Morning Post won nine awards at the Society for News Design's 'best of news design' creative competition.

This is the highest number the newspaper has ever won in the competition, and the first time it has been recognised for its infographics.

Simon Scarr, the Post's graphics director, won five awards, including two for an information graphic about the Iraq war's toll on US troops that was published on December 17. According to Scarr, the key to the graphic's success was the visual allusion to dripping blood. 'When creating a graphic, we always look for interesting ways to present the data or story while also keeping it clear to the reader,' he said.

Scarr also earned an award of excellence for his individual portfolio. The other three winners in the category were Bill Marsh, graphics editor for the The New York Times, and Fernando Baptista and Martin Gamache, senior graphics editors for the National Geographic Magazine.

Post photo editor Yves Sieur won three awards of excellence for Back Page, including one featuring smartphone snapshots of Hong Kong street life. The page was published on May 16.

Post graphic designer Brian Wang Yung won an award for a black-and-white illustration of China's fake-medicine industry, published on December 27.

The Society for News Design is an international organisation with about 1,500 members. The annual competition, created in 1979, is held by Syracuse University in New York and rewards the world's best print and magazine designs.


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