LONDON: Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English-language newspaper, has won two Awards of Excellence in this year’s Society for News Design (SND) honors.
The newspaper scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive.
It was commissioned by Arab News for the cover of a special souvenir edition on June 24 of last year. The illustration, of a road reflected in a woman’s sunglasses, has become one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom.
It was recognized by SND awards, one of the most prestigious in the industry.
“For Arab News to be recognized on a global scale with this award is a great honor. The SND awards are the ones every newspaper and designer wants to win, so this is huge. It is brilliant to see our ‘women drivers’ cover continue receiving such great accolades,” said Simon Khalil, global creative director at Arab News.
“Malika Favre was the obvious choice for our cover, and her illustration brilliantly captures the significance of this moment on the day Saudi Arabia changed forever. We are very pleased SND has recognized our efforts with this prestigious award.”
In February, the cover image was recognized in the international design awards run by “HOW” magazine.
SND was founded in 1979 and showcases the very best of newspaper design from around the globe.