Tickets are now on sale for the 15th annual Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Awards for Editorial Excellence administered by the JMSC.

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This year’s awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 6 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

Networking cocktails will be served at 6:30pm. The gala dinner will start at 7:30pm.

The awards, which have been called the “Pulitzer Prizes in Asia”, will honour the best journalism in print, digital and new media in the Asia-Pacific region in the past year. The JMSC has been the administrator of the awards since 2011.

Tickets may be purchased online at sopawards.com. The reservation rates: HK$2,250 for SOPA members and HK$2,500 for general admission. An early bird package is available through April 30 offering a 12-seat table for the cost of 10 individual tickets.

The awards will recognise excellence in journalism in a variety of areas including Investigative Reporting, Human Rights Reporting, Reporting on the Environment, News Photography, Feature Photography, Information Graphics, Multimedia News Presentation and Magazine Design.

Awards will also be presented for Journalist of the Year and Scoop of the Year, which honours an exclusive story.

Special guest speakers David Barboza, The New York Times Shanghai Bureau Chief, and Michael Forsythe, Senior Reporter for Bloomberg News Beijing, will participate in a discussion moderated by Bloomberg TV correspondent Robyn Meredith.

Barboza won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his story on the hidden wealth that was amassed by former premier Wen Jiabao’s family members. Forsythe is the co-author of the book, China’s Superbank: Debt, Oil, and Influence – How China Development Bank is Rewriting the Rules of Finance.

For more information visit the SOPA 2013 Awards website.