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by Lee Steele

The 35th Best of News Design™ general competition has concluded after three very long days of judging at Syracuse University.

Our thanks to the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications for hosting the event for 25 years; to competition coordinator Colin Smith, design team leader at the Gannett Phoenix Design Studio; and to the 22 judges who came to upstate New York to examine 8,680 entries.

National Geographic was awarded Best in Show for the 35th Edition for its multi-platform storytelling.


Total winning entries — 1,131
Gold medals — 6
Silver medals — 56
Judges Special Recognitions — 7
Awards of Excellence — 1,057
World’s Best-Designed™ Newspapers — 5

The World’s Best-Designed™ Newspapers will be announced on Wednesday.

What follows is an unofficial breakdown of the winners from categories 2-20. The database of winners is now live.

Top 10 winners (unofficial results)

  • Times of Oman/Al Shabiba: 111
  • National Post (Toronto): 62
  • Washington Post: 61
  • New York Times/NYT Magazine: 52
  • Los Angeles Times: 51
  • Gulf News (Dubai): 42
  • Omaha World-Herald: 41
  • Boston Globe: 37
  • Excelsior (Mexico City): 34
  • Plain Dealer (Cleveland): 34

The 35th edition has winners from:

United States: 477

International: 655, representing 36 countries which include:

  • Oman (111)
  • Canada (79)
  • UAE (71)
  • Germany (63)
  • Mexico (62)

Lee Steele is design editor of the Hearst Connecticut Newspapers and a member of the SND executive board


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