x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

The National scoops awards in design contest

The Society for News Design awards, judged last weekend in Syracuse, New York, attracted more than 10,000 entries.

ABU DHABI // The National has picked up several honours at an international competition for newspaper design, finishing third in the awards table after entries were received from 42 countries. The Society for News Design awards, judged last weekend in Syracuse, New York, attracted more than 10,000 entries. The society is the leading organisation dedicated to improving design and graphics.

Details of how many awards each newspaper won, and which designs were winners, will not be released until later this month. However, the society released an unofficial list of publications that collected most prizes. The National came third after the Los Angeles Times and Canada's National Post. The New York Times finished fourth followed by Dubai's Gulf News. Laura Koot, the managing editor and art director of The National, said: "It is a real honour to be recognised in the ranks of such prestigious papers, and a fantastic achievement for the UAE to have two papers in the top five in the world."

The National's design team is made up of the deputy art director Nathan Estep, the assistant art director Lee McGorie, the designers Elysia Smith, Mathew Kurian, April Robinson, Marin Devine, Ulrike Oehm and Kerri Abrams, and the infographics artist Jun dela Cruz. The society's Best of News Design competition has run for 31 years. @Email:newsdesk@thenational.ae