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Singapore Press Holdings launches Photonico - A New Digital Asian Photo Marketplace

Latest digital product will be powered by SPH’s rich archives and contributors 

Singapore, 1 October 2018 - The best of Asian contemporary culture and heritage photography is now available online at Photonico, a new digital photo marketplace launched by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Asia’s leading media organisation.
Led by SPH’s newly-formed digital media product division, a team of photographers, designers, SPHTech engineers, and editorial staff collaborated closely to create, a visually appealing and user-friendly website that aims to become the go-to place for high-quality stock images on Asia.
Powered by SPH’s rich archives dating back to 1948 and a network of local contributors, Photonico has more than 12,000 images available for users to purchase and more will be added to the repository every day. These uniquely Asian photographs, some of which are seldom seen, are organised into different categories under Singapore Skyline, Singapore Heritage, Daily Life, Food, Nature and Animals, Business and Asian Countries. 
The curation of Asian contemporary culture and heritage photos marks the starting point of a growing collection of photos under different themes. These curated thematic collections will be made available for individual, editorial and commercial uses at a fee. It will help PR companies, commercial designers, content marketers and individuals enhance their visual story-telling with more relevant images suited to the Asian context. Photos published in SPH’s papers can also be purchased in a plaque for keepsake.  
SPH Chief Product Officer Mr. Gaurav Sachdeva said: “Photonico reflects SPH’s desire to position itself as a customer-centric company that comes up with products that serve our users’ needs in the most relevant way. Our digital media product team will continue to harness our highly-valued media assets and content creation capabilities to develop innovative products that enrich our users’ life.”
SPH Chief Technology Officer Mr. Glen Francis said: “The classic adage goes, a picture speaks a thousand words. As Photonico grows, our customers will experience the seamless blend of graphic design, artificial intelligence and machine learning -- all of which power Photonico’s backend.”
Photonico will be featured as part of the World Press Photo 2018 exhibition that will be held from October 6 till October 28 at the National Museum of Singapore. Presented by The Straits Times, the exhibition will showcase 161 prize-winning photographs that captured the most powerful, poignant and provocative news images from around the world. In conjunction with the World Press Photo exhibition, The Straits Times will also showcase the best works by its photojournalists taken in 2017 and 2018. Some of the photos at The Straits Times exhibition will be made available on the Photonico website.     
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For more information, please contact:
Brian Ngan
Product Manager
Digital Media Products
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: +65 6319 3150
Debbie Tan
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: +65 6319 1586
About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. 
SPH's core business is publishing of newspapers, magazines and books in both print and digital editions. It also owns other digital products, online classifieds, radio stations and outdoor media. 
On the property front, SPH owns 70% in a real estate investment trust called SPH REIT which comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road, The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall and The Rail Mall, a stretch of shopping and dining outlets along Upper Bukit Timah Road. SPH also owns and operates The Seletar Mall. It is developing a new commercial cum residential site at Woodleigh. It also has a stake in Chinatown Point and acquired a portfolio of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the United Kingdom. 
It is in the aged care sector and owns Orange Valley, Singapore’s largest private nursing home operator. 
SPH runs a regional events arm and a chain of Buzz retail outlets. It also invested in the education business.
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