The Winners “Årets Avisside 2019”, Denmark

The Winners of “Årets Avoissside 201” in Denmark has been chosen. Best in the newspaper category was Børsen with this frontpage when the founder of Jysk, Lars Larsen, died last year.

51 entries was evaluated in the digital class and 109 entries was evaluated in the print category.

You can see the winners in the print categories here:

The winners in the digital categories here:

Foto: Screenshot/Danske Medier

Winners will be published August 24.

The winners of Best of News Design Scandinavia this year will be published late August 24. The winners will get direct message and diploma by mail.

Meet the digital jury

Marianne Bahl

Visual Innovation, Denmark 


I am a visual innovator, building and maintaining corporate visual identities in Media Houses. I work mainly with development of new digital products, cross-organizational, focusing on user experience, the right product for the right people and aesthetic.

Before founding my own firm, Visual Innovation, I was Head of Design at ALT for Damerne for 3 years, a lifestyle Womans Magazine, and Head of Design at Dagbladet Børsen for 8 years, a daily financial newspaper. And before I worked 11 years as a graphic designer at Politiken, a daily Newspaper. I am a juror in both national and international design competitions.

Björn Heselius (chairperson of the jury)

Principal Designer at Nitor Digital Engineering, a consultancy in Stockholm and Helsinki.

As a facilitator and leader, brand strategist and art director, Björn works in the borderlines where tech and psychology, innovation and art meet. He is on a mission to create the best user experiences in the world, through empathy and customer-driven design.

Björn’s background is in the field of education, web development, and visual journalism for some of the largest media companies as well as public sector in both Finland and Sweden.

His work for digital and printed publications has received numerous international awards for design, art direction, and visual strategy. Björn is an experienced judge of journalistic design and UX in Northern Europe, continental Europe and Northern America.

Johan Falkman

UX manager at Mittmedia in Sundsvall, Sweden

Johan has worked with UX design the last couple of decades and currently focus on digital news design within Mittmedia and Bonnier news. He’s currently in the process of redesigning Mittmedia local news site and apps together with his awesome UX team at Mittmedia. He’s really looking forward to have a look at all the digital entries in the SNSDS design competition!

Lasse Lambrechts

Data journalist Bergens Tidende, Norway
Lasse Lambrechts is part of a team at Bergens Tidende that are pioneers of modern data journalism in Norway. The team, called “bord4”, has spent the last ten years experimenting with storytelling and new ways to present numbers and data structures.
Lambrechts’ background is from programming and bioinformatics. His role in the team is reading long documents, drinking coffee and analyzing numbers. From time to time a visual idea pops up in his head that seems to work well.

Mart Nigola

Head of Multimedia Design Ekspress Meedia, Estonia
Since 2010 I have worked in Ekspress Meedia with digital storytelling, at first as head designer of iPad editions of our newspapers and since 2015 as head of multimedia design. I have also designed websites of our newspapers Eesti Ekspress, Eesti Päevaleht and Maaleht, but my passion is immersive storytelling.

Emma-Leena Ovaskainen

Design producer Helsingin Sanomat data and design desks, Finland
She works for better digital storytelling with all the news departments and brings reporters and visual professionals together in the newsroom.
She had a little leap into academic world studying mobile visual storytelling in Oxford University’s Reuters Institute in 2017-18. She has background in writing for newspapers and reporting on radio, but her true growing field was in newspaper design.

Meet the print jury

Stefani Urmas, Head of Design at the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle, News and Current Affairs

Stefani Urmas is an experienced visual journalist and news designer mastering versatile skills in print media, digital storytelling, UX design and audiovisual broadcasting. Stefani has earned an M.A. degree in Journalism at USC Annenberg, School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles specializing in digital news design and visual journalism.

He is currently working at the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle as the head of design. Stefani is responsible of visuals in both web platforms and television shows and studios.

Before taking charge of Yle’s news design Stefani worked 11 years at the Alma Media Corporation in many key roles

Lotta Ek, Design Director at Dagens Nyheter. Sweden

Lotta Ek is responsible for digital and print-design at Dagens Nyheter, where she has been working since 2001. She has led or been involved in several design- and redesignprojects and won multiple awards.

Trine Vu, Editor of the magazine Ergoterapeuten.

Trine Vu is editor at the magazine Ergoterapeuten published by the occupational therapist associations in Denmark.

In 2019 one of three nominated for the Danish Anders Bording Price for renewing the form of a specialist magazine, especially on the visual side. Former sub editor at the feature sections of Fynske Medier, freelance journalist and layouter and member of the SNDS print jury.

Espen Moe, News Designer, Dagens Næringsliv, Norway

Espen Moe started fiddling around with PageMaker some 30 years ago. He has been through the whole lineup of desktop publishing-tools and is an Indesign-nerd.

Since the middle of the 1990s he has been editing and designing newspaper pages in local and national press. Staff member of Dagens Næringsliv since 2011,  and had a key role in the ipad-edition published by DN from 2011 to 2016.

Has been instrumental in adapting the papers last two redesigns from design templates to fully working indesign templates in the editorial systems. Is today responsible for the daily use of the newspapers design.

Tarmo Rajamets, leading the print design team of Eesti Ekspress in Estonia.

I started working as a layout designer for a small newspaper called Liivimaa Kroonika back in 1991.

It was a wild time in the Estonian society and even more so in the news business. Working in a newspaper was a crazy rollercoaster ride back then. Among other things, it involved designing the paper in a winter coat and mittens (because the temporary office rooms were so cold in January) and constantly spending the whole weekly paper work cycle without any sleep. Yeah, it was plenty of fun.

In the following years I’ve been working as a layout designer for various Estonian newspapers and magazines, also spent a couple of years in a prepress office. In 2001, I joined Eesti Ekspress, one of the most influential Estonian newspapers, and have been leading the paper version design team since 2009. launches redesign

The frontpage of the biggest Danish newssites has got a new look. You can see it here

We wanted to update our expression and we wish to look more clean and modern, editor in chief ,  Pernille Holbøll, explains

The new design is also targeted to mobileusers.

Call for Entries 2020

Call for Entries: Show Us Your Best Designs of 2019!

The Design Competition juries for Print and Digital will both meet in Tallinn, Estonia on March 7–10 2020. Eesti Ekspress will be hosting the juries.

The competition is for work published in 2019.

This is how you enter the competition:

  1. Fill out the Entry Form for the competition.
  2. Pay the competition fee mentioned in your entry form. Additional Bank information.
  3. The deadline for entries in the competition is
    • Sunday, February 28, 2020 (print categories)
    • Friday, March 6, 2020 (digital categories)
  4. Keep your fingers crossed. The judges might contact you with questions about the entries during jury week.

The Print Competition

Entries in the print-competition may now be submitted either as tear sheets or printouts. Entries in the print competition will still be judged in person, on tables, as in the previous years, but outlets may choose which format to submit.

The guidelines for submitting printed replicas of work in the printing competition are as follows:

  • Printouts must be unmounted, and in the case of multi-page entries, taped together and assembled accordion-style. (They will be judged next to tear sheets assembled this way, after all)
  • Printouts must be at a size that is at least 75 percent of the size the entry ran.
  • Printouts must be unmounted
  • Printouts must run in the color state (CMYK or black-and-white) that the entry printed.
  • Publications entering printouts should keep PDFs of their entries available through April, in case they are needed by the competition for documentation purposes.

Tearsheets are accepted in the same manner as in previous years. Outlets wishing to enter the work exactly as it printed remain encouraged to do so.

Entries for the print competition must be at SNDS no later than Sunday, February 28, 2020.

Entry form for the Print Competition

The Digital Competition

Entry form for the Digital Competition

Categories and fees:

  1. Landing Page or Front Page (110 €/entry)
    The front page of a whole website or the landing page of a section, a theme, a service or an event. Only one page is judged.
  2. Coverage of Breaking News (110 €/entry)
    Non-planned coverage and/or Breaking news. Please add screenshots from the time the story was live if needed.
  3. Article Page (110 €/entry)
    The generic layout or special template design for articles. Evaluated on use of elements, photography, typography, graphics, and ads. The specific article itself is not the main focus in this category, however, the exceptional symbiosis of content and template is taken into account.
  4. Long-form or Feature (110 €/entry)
    Planned coverage of subjects or stories, long-form articles, series of articles, themes, etc. Use of digital possibilities/features, responsiveness or special attention to the digital reader’s capabilities.
  5. Data Project (110 €/entry)
    Data projects can be anything from infographics to database-driven journalism in articles or themes.
  6. Video (110 €/entry)
    For this category, please bear in mind that photo style, video graphics, editing or player is being evaluated, not the content of the video.
  7. Redesign (330 €/entry)
    This category takes the change of a website or part of a website into account. Please upload screenshots of before and after and describe briefly the main focus areas you wanted to improve with the redesign.
  8. Web Application or Online Service  (110 €/entry)
    Services or responsive web applications published by media companies. Please describe the main user group if needed.
  9. Innovation (110 €/entry)
    Innovative digital solutions in regards to business, design, development or editorial needs.
  10. Editorial Promotion (110 €/entry)
    Clever digital marketing of editorial initiatives to the users.
  11. Mobile Application (110 €/entry)
    Mobile applications published by media companies. Please enter a link to the application store or the application’s landing page.
  12. Open Class (110 €/entry)
    Did none of the categories above match your entry? Do you want the jury to focus on a special feature or a series of some kind? Then this is your category! 🙂

The judges may or may not award prizes in every category.

The judges can choose to re-arrange submitted entries into other categories as they see fit, and if all judges agree upon this.

Criteria and evaluation

The digital publications will be evaluated by a multi-national jury specialized in digital publishing. This jury consists of six members appointed by Mediebedrifternes Landsforening (Norway), Sanomalehtien Liitto/Tidningarnas Förbund (Finland) and SNDS. The competition is open to any Nordic and Baltic media company.

The digital entries are judged according to how well these four criteria are being met in each entry:

  • Visual design
  • Interactivity
  • Usability and structure
  • Journalism/editing


The jury will award Gold, Silver, and Bronze diplomas. The “Scandinavia’s Best Designed Digital Media” award will be given to the best overall designed entry in the competition. In addition, the jury may award a “Best Detail Award” for a particularly well-made design detail, or a “Best Interaction Award” for exceptional UX.

When the jury has completed the evaluation process, winning media will be informed that they have been granted an award, but not which one. At this point, we will also ask winners to send information about the people who should be credited for the award.

Additional information

  • If you want to add before/after/during screenshots, you can do so by uploading files in the following formats: jpg, png, gif, mp4, mov, pdf, txt, doc, ppt.
  • Submit necessary login information and passwords valid during the period 1 February–1 October 2019.
  • The entry fee shall be paid for each entry submitted for evaluation.
  • Please use one entry form per entry.

Entries for the digital competition must be at SNDS no later than Friday, March 6, 2020.

Entry form for the Digital Competition

Best of luck in this year’s competition!

Flemming Hvidtfeld
SNDS President, Chairman of the Print Competition

Björn Heselius
Chairman of the Digital Competition

Are you ready to compete

It’s near Christmas time but more importent it’s time for Best of News Design Scandinavia. Deadline for participating in both the digital and the print competition is February 15. 2020.

Registration forms will be avaible at, January 20.

The Jurymeeting will be held in Tallinn in March and the Award Show and the mini conference will be held in start of June 2020 at Pressen in Politikens Hus, Copenhagen.

Jury meeting in Tallinn

The dates has been set for the jury meeting for Best of News Design Scandinavia 2020. The jury will be hosted by Eesti Ekspress in Tallinn, Estonia from Saturday, March 7 to Tuesday, March 10.

Land of Free Press gets silver in Cannes

The campain “Land of  Free Press”, Helsinkin Sanomat launched in 2018 just before the summit in Helsinki between President Trump and President Putin was awarded silver in the Cannes Lion competition held in Cannes 18. Juni 2019.

Earlier this year the campain was awarded Gold at the SNDS Best News Design Scandinavia 2019

You can read more about the campain here