Tallying winners at SND35: The unofficial results

The SND35 judges

The 35th Best of News Design™ general competition has concluded after three very long days of judging at Syracuse University.

Our thanks to the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications for hosting the event for 25 years; to competition coordinator Colin Smith, design team leader at the Gannett Phoenix Design Studio; and to the 22 judges who came to upstate New York to examine 8,680 entries.

National Geographic was awarded Best in Show for the 35th Edition for its multi-platform storytelling.


Total winning entries — 1,131
Gold medals — 6
Silver medals — 56
Judges Special Recognitions — 7 
Awards of Excellence — 1,057
World’s Best-Designed™ Newspapers — 5

The World’s Best-Designed™ Newspapers will be announced on Wednesday.

What follows is an unofficial breakdown of the winners from categories 2-20. The database of winners is now live.

Top 10 winners (unofficial results)

  • Times of Oman/Al Shabiba: 111
  • National Post (Toronto): 62
  • Washington Post: 61
  • New York Times/NYT Magazine: 52
  • Los Angeles Times: 51
  • Gulf News (Dubai): 42
  • Omaha World-Herald: 41
  • Boston Globe: 37
  • Excelsior (Mexico City): 34
  • Plain Dealer (Cleveland): 34

The 35th edition has winners from:

United States: 477

International: 655, representing 36 countries which include:

  • Oman (111)
  • Canada (79)
  • UAE (71)
  • Germany (63)
  • Mexico (62)

You can find images and highlights from the competition on this website using the SND35 tag. Also, you can go back to our ongoing coverage that we’ve posted on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

DATABASE OF WINNERS: The searchable database of print competition winners will be posted for review on snd.org as soon as it can be officially confirmed. Winners will then be contacted by the SND office.


OUR COVERAGE: You can find a collection of all of our SND35 content here.

We provided the final 29 newspapers being considered for the World’s Best-Designed™ Newspaper final list. That story is here.

You can find a list of judges and their bios here.

We posted a great behind-the-scenes videos from Syracuse here.

We also posted four slideshows of interesting page on the table. Those links are here and here and here and here.


We are posting every 50th award of excellence winner. You can find them all here.

Here are links to where we are posting every silver medal and gold medal. As well as JSRs.

In addition, there has been extensive coverage of on Twitter. You can find that here.

About Lee Steele

is design editor of the Hearst Connecticut Newspapers and 2015 president of the Society for News Design.

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