The Magazine Publishers Association of Singapore (MPAS) gave out its first awards in recognition of “the best magazine publishing efforts in Singapore” in 2009. MPAS looked for excellence in areas such as editorial content, design, photography, and print production. The “Seasons of Asia” special issue of Asian Geographic edited by Ian was awarded “Best Visual Series/Photography.”
In the MPAS Awards in 2010, Passport beat other prestigious brands in its category and was awarded “Travel Magazine of the Year,” an endorsement of the work Ian has put in at the helm of the magazine. Asian Geographic Magazines took home five further awards.
The following year, MPAS awarded “Best Special Edition of the Year” to Passport—an issue which Ian edited and to which he contributed a number of articles.
At the 2012 MPAS Awards, the biggest award of the night—“Overall Magazine of the Year”—went to Asian Geographic, which is now packaged together with Passport. Asian Geographic graphic designers were also joint winners of the “Designer of the Year” award.