SOPA Awards & Awards Categories
About the SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence
The Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial
Excellence were established in 1999 as a tribute to editorial excellence
in both traditional and new media and are designed to honor excellence
and to encourage editorial vitality throughout the region.
Growing industry recognition of the Awards as setting
a benchmark for regional publishing has become evident in the year-on-year
increase in entries. This year, on the 10th Anniversary of the award,
a record high of 629 entries were received from Hong Kong, China,
Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, India, Korea and the USA.
The awards cover a broad range of categories reflecting
Asia's diverse geo-political environment and vibrant editorial scene.
To encourage entries from both large and small publications, entries
are classified by circulation size and language type - either English
Key to the Award's growing success is the high caliber
of international judges who preside over the Award entries. The
SOPA Awards has consistently secured judges from many of the region's
leading newspapers and consumer and trade magazines - a reflection
of the stature of the awards. Each year, the number of judges willing
to dedicate their time to the Awards has grown and this year SOPA
comprised of professional journalists, design experts and photographic
editors collaborated to select winners.
The SOPA Awards are co-ordinated by a committee of publishing
professionals from the business and editorial sectors. These dedicated
individuals volunteer their time throughout the year to ensure the
Award rules, judges, entries; event, sponsorship and promotion all
come together smoothly.
Sponsorship is key to ensuring the Award's growth and
over the past years, SOPA has been fortunate to receive the continuous
support of InvestHK. As the Awards have grown, so too has the interest
from corporations, and in 2008, the event was also sponsored by
CLSA and IPSOS.
The SOPA Awards are supported by a number of international
media organizations and regional media industry press; Ifra Asia,
International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP), the World
Editors Forum (WEF), and the editorial division of the World Association
of Newspapers (WAN).