South China Morning Post wins 18 awards for excellence in graphics

Infographics team recognised for their work by the Society for News Design

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 February, 2018, 11:30pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2018, 5:57pm

The South China Morning Post’s infographics team has won 18 awards of excellence at the 2017 edition of the best of digital design competition held by the Society for News Design.

More than 1,000 entries were considered by a panel of 13 international judges.

Among the award-winning designs, “Getting to grips with North Korea in 15 graphics” published in September and “Getting away from work in 2018” published in December were the creations that the team was the most proud of.

Infographic designer Marco Hernández, one of the creators of the graphics on North Korea, said: “We worked this project as breaking news against the deadline, three people at the same time, and to get international recognition for such a rush means it was a good effort.”

Explaining the creative pathway behind the piece comparing holidays in about 20 nations or regions in 2018, Hernandez said: “It was the end of the year, I was thinking ‘OK, everyone goes on holidays, but … what if we can’t get the full picture of holidays for next year’.”

The department’s deputy head of graphics and illustration Adolfo Arranz said good examples of teamwork included “The five main projects of the Belt and Road Initiative”, which was made in record time. 

Department head Darren Long said: “It’s funny, the graphics team are born storytellers but coming from four different continents can make for some amusing misunderstandings. I guess it makes sense that we’ve worked out a way to tell our stories visually rather than relying on words.”

The Society for News Design, which encourages high standards of journalism through design, announced the results of the sixth year of the competition on Monday.

Three entries received gold medals and 42 received silver medals. Some 440 entries were honoured with awards of excellence. 

The Post took four awards of excellence in the previous year.

The competition was launched in 2002 and invites entries from all news sites published anywhere in the world. The entries were judged in Northwestern University’s Medill campus in Washington, D.C.

Full list of SCMP awards: 

●  The good wine (two awards)

 Valentines Day

 The five main projects of the Belt and Road Initiative

●  Getting to grips with North Korea in 15 graphics (two awards)

 Getting away from work in 2018

●  Are we alone?

●  Land of the giants

●  The power of your passport

●  Plugging China into Europe

 Mixed Martial Arts (two awards)

 Russia 2018 World Cup

 They are very close… and you can’t escape them

Marco Hernandez Portfolio

● Marcelo Duhalde Portfolio

The South China Morning Post Graphics Team Portfolio