Top global award for ST's three-dimensional guide

The Anatomy of Cancer beat five other contenders, including entries from The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, to win best website infographic at the Editor & Publisher EPPY 2017 Awards.
The Anatomy of Cancer beat five other contenders, including entries from The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, to win best website infographic at the Editor & Publisher EPPY 2017 Awards.

An interactive guide by The Straits Times, giving readers an in-depth look into the anatomy of cancer, has won a prestigious global award.

The Anatomy of Cancer beat five other contenders, including entries from The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, to win best website infographic at the Editor & Publisher EPPY 2017 Awards.

It shared the prize with an entry from The Texas Tribune and Pro-Publica that looks at the impact of climate change on the United States.

It is the first time ST has won at the annual awards, which were launched in 1996 and honour the best media-affiliated websites across 30 categories. The awards received more than 300 entries this year.

ST's winning work features three-dimensional (3D) human models that can be rotated. Users can click on different parts of the body to zoom in on the top 10 cancers affecting men and women in Singapore.

Two other ST entries were also shortlisted as finalists: An interactive graphic on the US election for best infographic, and ST's first virtual reality project on climate change, Singapore Underwater, for best innovation project.

ST Digital's senior creative director Rodolfo Pazos, senior Web developer Yime Benites and interactive graphics journalist Rebecca Pazos worked on the cancer project, which was published on ST's website in January.

Mr Pazos said: "This award is a great validation for our team. We are always trying to push boundaries in digital graphics and trying different ways to tell stories."

The team spent months working on the 3D models. "We made sure this worked as well on a mobile phone as on a desktop," he added.

Other winners include The Boston Globe for best daily newspaper website, CNN for best enterprise/investigative video and NBC News' Today Show for best mobile app.

"Compelling content is all about taking information and presenting it in a creative way that connects with readers," said Mr Warren Fernandez, ST editor and editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) English/Malay/Tamil Media Group. "This is what our ST digital team has been striving to do, and improving as we go along. So this award is recognition of those efforts, especially since we were pitted against some of the very best newsrooms in the world."

SPH, which publishes ST, has won at the awards previously, including a best user experience award for bilingual news and entertainment portal omy.sg in 2014.

• For more ST digital graphics, go to str.sg/STgraphics

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2017, with the headline 'Top global award for ST's three-dimensional guide'. Print Edition | Subscribe