About the SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence
The Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial
Excellence was established in 1999 as a tribute to editorial excellence
in both traditional and new media and was 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. In 2006 a record 457 entries were received
from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines,
Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, and the United States.
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. Each
year, the number of judges willing to dedicate their time to the
Awards has grown and this year SOPA has 85 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 support
of InvestHK. As the Awards have grown, so too has the interest from
corporations, and in 2006, the SOPA Awards gala dinner was supported
by DHL as the official courier and event sponsor and by Factiva,
a Dow Jones and Reuters company.
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).