Record Number of 580 Entries Received for The Society of Publishers in Asia 2012 Awards

Hong Kong, May 3, 2012
– The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) is delighted to announce that this year’s SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence has attracted a record number of 580 entries from across Asia, including Hong Kong, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and India. This represents an increase of about 20% over last year’s 480 entries.

Over the years, the SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence has been widely regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in the publishing industry’s calendar and brings the whole sector together to celebrate outstanding editorial content and creativity in Asia.

This year. a total of 268 Chinese entries and 312 English entries are vying for the Awards. The awards are grouped under 3 categories, recognizing English language regional and local publications and Chinese language publications. The judging process is currently in progress and the winners will be revealed at the prize presentation dinner on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong.

The 14th SOPA Awards covers 17 categories that reflect Asia-Pacific’s vibrant editorial scene. This year, two brand new categories were introduced–“Excellence in Lifestyle Coverage” and “Excellence in Explanatory Reporting”.

Each category will be evaluated by a panel of judges appointed by the Awards Administrators, The Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC) of the Hong Kong University. The judges comprise journalists, designers and photo editors from leading publications, as well as notable academics from the media departments of prestigious universities. The judging panel is under the stewardship of Head Judge, Professor Rusty Todd of the JSMC

The 2012 SOPA Awards is supported by Invest Hong Kong (Gold Sponsor), JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong (Silver Sponsor), Swiss Post and Getty Images (Associate Sponsor). Media partners include a number of international media organizations and regional media industry press including The Asia Media Journal, International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP) and WAN-IFRA as media partner.

Tickets for the Awards presentation dinner are now available. To reserve your seat for the SOPA 2012 Awards for Editorial Excellence at JW Marriott Hotel Ballroom on June 7, 2012, please contact the SOPA Secretariat at Tel: +852 2807 1272 /

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About SOPA

The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) is a 30-year old non-profit regional body incorporated in Hong Kong in 1982, dedicated to promoting excellence in journalism and best practices across all local and regional publishing platforms in Asia Pacific.

SOPA is dedicated to:

  • Freedom of the Press across the region.
  • Promoting and sharing best business and operating practices for the benefit of members, their readers and customers through understanding and embracing emerging platforms and technologies.
  • Developing the skills of media professionals across the region.
  • Bringing together media owners, marketing agencies, business partners and clients for the mutual benefit of the professional publishing industry and its stakeholders in the region.

SOPA runs the prestigious annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence to set world-class benchmarks for journalism in Asia. For more information, visit SOPA’s official website at

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For further information, please contact:

SOPA Secretariat

Tel: +852 2807 1272

Email: [email protected]