SND32: A Summary Report

In case you haven’t have time to take in all the coverage of this year’s Creative Competition, here’s a breakdown of the results. The official news release is at the bottom of this post:

‘World’s Best-Designed Newspapers™’
i, Lisbon, Portugal, circulation 12,400

Winners: 838
Last Year: 1,101

World’s Best 1
Judges Special Recognition 8
Gold 3
Silver 55
Awards of Excellence 771

Top 10 Award Winners
1. Los Angeles Times 88
2. Times of Oman 37
3. The Washington Post 35
4. National Post (Canada) 32
5. The New York Times 31
6. Politiken 30
7. La Presse (Canada) 26
8. Boston Globe 20
9. i 19
10. The Virginian-Pilot 18

23 Countries Represented
Awards By Country:
Argentina 8
Brazil 30
Canada 86
Chile 2
China 26
Colombia 9
Denmark 30
Ecuador 2
El Salvador 4
England/Great Britain 9
Finland 5
Germany 35
Italy 2
México 52
Oman 45
Poland 2
Portugal 30
Singapore 1
Spain 24
Sweden 15
Turkey 9
United States 373
United Arab Emirates 40

Winners Online
The winners are listed in a searchable database at

Honoring the winners
The top award winners will be honored during the Society’s 33rd Annual Workshop and Exhibition in St. Louis, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2011. Winners and the judges’ comments will be showcased in the 32nd Edition book, “The Best of News Design™,” available this fall.

Entries: 10,515
Last Year: 10,158

The all-time high for entries is 15,020 in 2005.

‘World’S Best-Designed Newspapers™’ Judges
They met Feb. 12-14
Haika Hinze, Art Director, Die Zeit (Hamburg, Germany)
Heidi de Laubenfels, Deputy Managing Editor, The Seattle Times
Svetlana Maximchenko, Editor in Chief, Akzia (Moscow)
Carl Neustaedter, Deputy Managing Editor, Ottawa Citizen
Sara Quinn, Visual Journalism Faculty, Poynter Institute

The 21 General Competition Judges
They met Feb. 5-7
Todd Bayha, Assistant Art Director, The Columbus Dispatch
Jamie Baylis, Art and Graphics Director, CQ Roll Call
Jonathan Boho, Art Director, Metromix Indianapolis Magazine
Tomaso Capuano, Creative Director, The Wall Street Journal
Tian Chi, Design Editor, China Daily
Troy Cummings, freelance illustrator
Dee Dee D’Asaro, Print Design Chief, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael Donlan, Graphics Editor, The (Fort Myers, Fla. ) News-Press
Rickard Frank, Editor in Chief, Trelleborgs Allehanda, Sweden
Val Hoeppner, Director of Education, Freedom Forum Diversity Institute
Greg Klee, Deputy Design Director, Boston Globe
Andrea Levy, Illustrator/Photographer, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer
Christine Long, Creative Director, Magazine Division, The Charlotte Observer
Kevin Poortinga, General Manager, Gannett Digital product development team
Mike Rice, Visual Team Leader/Design & Graphics, Arizona Daily Star
Michael Stanaland, Creative Services Director, Washington Business Journal
Todd Stewart, Design, Graphics & Multimedia Editor, Orlando Sentinel
Will Sullivan, 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Fellow at the University of Missouri
Alfredo Triviño, Creative Projects Director, News International (News Corporation) in London
Dennis Varney, Lead Sports Designer, Lexington Herald-Leader
Jon Wile, Senior News Designer, The Washington Post

News Release
International papers take top honors in 32nd Annual Creative Competition

SND announces 838 awards, including one ‘World’s Best-Designed™ Newspaper’

ORLANDO, FEB 22, 2011 – In its 32nd annual “The Best of News Design™ Creative Competition,” the Society for News Design named a Portuguese newspaper launched in 2009 as the “World’s Best-Designed Newspaper™.”
Papers in China, Canada and Spain earned the other top recognition: Gold medals.
The Society issued 835 other design awards for journalism published in 2010.
The winners came from 10,515 entries submitted by daily and non-daily newspapers and magazines in 38 countries. Coverage of the judging is at
In the 18 other competition categories, judges awarded three Gold Medals, 55 Silver Medals, eight Judges’ Special Recognitions and 771 Awards of Excellence.
The number of entries was up from last year (10,515 vs. 10,158) while the overall number of awards was down (838 vs. 1,101).
i, short for “informação,” is a compact paper slightly larger than a typical magazine and is based outside Lisbon in Oerias, Portugal. It has fewer than 25,000 daily subscribers.
“It’s compact. It’s fresh. It’s consistent, yet full of surprises,” the judges said in their statement. “Its magazine-like size allows the reader to hold the newspaper close; the format invites the reader to engage more deeply. The publication is packed with information, yet extremely well organized, using elements of layering and editing to draw readers into every page.”
Full coverage of the World’s-Best results is at:
Twenty-three countries were represented among the winners.
Newspapers in Oman saw a major breakthrough. Papers in the Middle East country had never entered the competition before, but they earned 45 awards, behind only Canada and Mexico in award totals among countries outside the U.S. Also for the first time, papers from the countries of South Korea, Pakistan and Iran entered the competition.
All told, judges gave 466 awards to organizations outside the United States.
Judges awarded three Gold medals:
* LaPresse of Montreal, Canada, earned Gold and a Judges’ Special Recognition for its illustration work in a special series called The Seven Deadly Sins, in which its columnists gave their views of sin;
* El Mundo Magazine of Madrid, Spain, took Gold for its photo spread of Spanish national soccer team players, titled “These Feet Will Win the World Cup;”
* Liaoning Daily of Shenyang, China, earned Gold for its feature page spotlighting the endangered Manchurian Tiger.
The competition is co-sponsored by SND and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University. It recognizes excellence in newspaper design, graphics and photography. Judges from around the globe met in two stages in February at Syracuse University in New York.

About Stephen Komives

Previously served as Executive Director of the Society for News Design, from 2009–2019.

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