RIYADH: Arab News, the leading English-language daily in the Middle East, has won six awards at the 24th edition of the prestigious European Newspaper Award program, bringing the total tally to nearly 100 awards since 2018.
The jury panel for this year comprised 15 judges from nine countries including Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Germany.
This year, the European Newspaper Award jury honored Arab News across six categories: Environmental Protection, Visualization, Sectional Front Pages, Visual Storytelling, Illustration and Special Editions.
“For Arab News to be recognized with these awards is a great honor. There were over 4,000 entries from all over Europe, so to win six Awards of Excellence for our design is a brilliant achievement,” said Arab News’ Creative Director Simon Khalil.
The paper’s special commemorative issue for Saudi National Day 2022, which featured infographics, photo-based stories and long-form stories, won the design excellence award in the Special Editions category.
Its simple and effective designs for the stories “The danger of saying ‘NO’,” which sheds light on violence against women, won in the Sectional Front Pages category, and the op-ed “Germany’s post-Merkel checklist” by Helmut K. Anheier, adjunct professor of social welfare at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and professor of sociology at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and Edward L. Knudsen, research associate at the Hertie School, won in the Visualization category.
The paper created animated and eye-catching imagery for the story “Saudi’s animal kingdom” published on Endangered Species Day, which won in the Environmental Protection Category.
The design for the op-ed “Europe’s climate diplomacy heats up” by Laurence Tubiana, former French ambassador to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, CEO of the European Climate Foundation and a professor at Sciences Po, Paris, won in the Illustration category, while the graphic design for the story “KSA prepares to tap resource-rich seas for fishing bounty” won in the Visual Storytelling category.
“Recognition for Arab News’ design helps us raise the profile of our brand and reinforces the creative vision we implement on a daily basis. These awards will push the whole Arab News team to deliver bigger and better design for all our readers globally. Our readers are the priority, and it is our mission to create innovative design for them to enjoy,” Khalil added.
Arab News relaunched in 2018 with a commitment to becoming digital-first and design-focused. The new brand identity was reflected in its cutting-edge editorial and fresh design approach.
Since then, the paper has amassed nearly 100 design accolades across global awards programs such as the Society for News Design, the Asian Newspaper Design Awards, the WAN-IFRA Asian Media Awards, the Indigo Design Awards, the Society of Publication Designers and more.