ST artist wins mention at Asian awards

ST artist wins mention at Asian awards
Illustration for the article "Lessons for small states from Ukraine".

This illustration of the crisis in Ukraine won Straits Times executive artist Manuel A. Francisco an honourable mention at the annual Society of Publishers in Asia (Sopa) awards last night.

Mr Francisco's work accompanied an Opinion article about lessons that small states such as Singapore could learn from events that took place in the Eastern European country last year.

Judges said it prompted readers to think and was executed with some degree of sophistication. Mr Francisco, 45, who has been with the paper for eight years, said of his prize in the Excellence in Editorial Cartooning category: "I wanted to present the issue in a way that's serious but with a witty touch. It's like the Russian invasion ripping the country into two and dividing it."

Sopa gives out awards to honour journalistic excellence in publications in Asia. This year, it received more than 600 entries for 18 award categories.

The Straits Times received the award last night at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Three other Straits Times nominations were shortlisted as finalists in the awards.

This article was first published on June 11, 2015.
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