AMA Guidelines

AMA Guidelines


General guidelines for all categories

Registration is only accepted online.

Registrations are open from 01 Dec 2018 to 25 Jan 2019

All materials to be submitted online except for Best in Design (2A, 2B, 2C & 2D)

  1. „„The details that you fill in the registration form will be used on winning trophies, press releases and editorial write-up. Please check that you have submitted your company name, newspaper or magazine title/s correctly.
  2. The competition is open to all newspaper and magazine companies as well as freelance photographers in Asia Pacific, South Asia and the Middle East. All entries submitted must have been published in 2018.
  3. Unlimited entries can be submitted except for the overall design categories. Payment must accompany each entry.
  4. Winning entries might be called to present proof of printed publication/s, before announcement of the awards.
  5. Entries will not be returned to sender.
  6. An invoice will be generated, which will serve simultaneously as a confirmation of registration.
  7. All registrations are to be in by 25 Jan, payments and materials must be received by 01 Feb 2018. There will be no extension granted on the deadline. Any bank charges to be borne by entrant companies. Incomplete payments will disqualify entrants from the competition.
  8. Follow the outlined entry and submission guidelines carefully to ensure that your entry is accepted. Entries that do not conform to these rules will be disqualified. Participants must accord WAN-IFRA the full rights to retain and use free-of-charge selected images from the contest.
  9. The judges’ decisions are final.

Best in Print

The Asian Best in Print Awards will be presented to newspapers deserving recognition for their excellence in standardised printing. The focus of the award is to show the ability of newspapers to print consistently high quality according to international standards.

This competition is open to all newspapers in Asia and the Middle-East, independent of production process or types of paper used. Four different categories are created for this purpose:

  • Category 1 Coldset-offset on newsprint
  • Category 2 Heatset-offset or UV offset on newsprint (Semi-commercial)
  • Category 3 Heatset-offset or UV offset on SC or LWC paper (Semi-commercial)
  • Category 4 Extra category for printing on tinted paper or using processes other than offset (e.g. flexo or digital printing) or newspapers that prefer to follow their own in house standard, which is different from ISO WAN-IFRA recommendations

Successful participants are awarded in two classes: Below circulation of 150 000 copies and above circulation of 150 000 copies.

Time schedule for test runs

In February 2019, the cuboid must be printed on all issue dates in two specified weeks. The schedule is given below. Saturdays and Sundays are excluded. Weekly newspapers/magazines have to print the cuboid on all the four issue dates in February. The cuboid has to be printed as part of the regular issue of your publication.

  • 04 to 08 February 2019
  • 11 to 15 February 2019

For more information, please download the instructions here.


Best in Design

2A. Newspaper Overall Design
2B. Magazine Overall Design
2C. Newspaper Front Page Design
2D. Magazine Cover Design

Submit one original full set copy of newspaper or magazine
Each entry must be accompanied by the Asian Media Awards (AMA) Entry Label, duly filled and clipped on each entry’s material. Please download entry label.

Entries for categories 2A - 2D to be delivered at:
Asian Media Awards 2019
WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
25 International Business Park
#04-103F German Centre
Singapore 609916


Best in Editorial Content & Best in Infographics

3A. Newspaper Breaking News Article
3B. Newspaper Feature Article
4A. Newspaper Infographics
4B. Magazine Infographics

  • Entries must be supported by a written submission of up to 400 words explaining in a clear and concise manner the entry’s context and specificity (topic covered, context, challenges, article or graphic’s main qualities)
  • The published page carrying the submitted entry should be sent in jpg or pdf format.
  • Each file size should not exceed 5mb. If the file size exceeds this requirement, the judges will not be able to open the file and the entry/s will automatically be disqualified.
  • Please only send one article / graphic per entry except for feature article where one entry can consist in a series of related articles.
  • For Best in Editorial Content, only entries in English and Chinese language are accepted due to judging constraints.

Best in Photojournalism

5A. News Photography
5B. Feature Photography
5C. Sports Photography

  • Images submitted should be saved strictly in jpg format. The resolution should not exceed 300dpi.
  • Each file size should not exceed 5mb. If the file size exceeds this requirement, the judges will not be able to open the file and the entry/s will automatically be disqualified.
  • Entrants can submit photos in colour or black and white.
  • Entrants can submit strictly 1 photo only per entry.
  • Optional: entries can be supported with a written submission of up to 400 words explaining the entry’s context and specificity

Best in Newspaper Marketing & Best in Community Service

  • Entries should be submitted in a PDF document containing no more than 10 pages with pictures of the materials printed in the newspaper, URLs and screen shots of the related Web publications and pictures of all related materials (such as flyers, promotional objects, events, mobile content, etc.)
  • Please ensure that digital files are no larger than 5mb.