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SPH wins nine awards at Asian Publishing Awards 2014

Singapore, 3 December 2014 – Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd (SPH Magazines), together with SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobaowon nine awards at the Asian Publishing Awards 2014. Two were Gold Awards and seven were Excellence Awards. 

SPH Magazines won two Gold Awards for the following publications:

  • ICON Moments 2013-2014 for Best Use of Design, Layout & Presentation
  • SilverKris May 2014: “Echoes of a Master” for Best Feature on Asian Travel
ICON Moments is a brand extension of the prestigious ICON magazine, a Chinese luxury lifestyle magazine for Singapore's social elite and leading women in business. The annual ICON Moments highlights the most coveted timepieces and jewellery. 

The life and work of Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa formed the framework of the destination story that won SilverKris a Gold Award for Best Feature on Asian Travel. Instead of going the usual route, the SilverKris team wanted to explore a novel approach - presenting the destination through the architectural legacy of Sri Lanka's foremost architect, and a visionary in his time.The “father of tropical modernism” left behind a prolific stable of buildings and resorts that has since inspired copycats throughout the Asian continent. Pegged to Bawa’s 10-year death anniversary, the article was all the more relevant. 

“Echoes of a Master” encapsulates what good travel writing is about. The main focus of the story – the architectural gems that Geoffrey Bawa bestowed on Sri Lankan capital, Colombo and its surrounds – are interwoven in a compelling narrative with
fascinating sound bites about his life, quotes from other architects, and insights into the surroundings that may have influenced Bawa.

The seven Excellence Awards (six from SPH Magazines publications and one from Lianhe Zaobao) were for the following categories:
  • ICON June 2014 for Best Cover Design
  • for Best Multimedia Integration
  • SilverKris February 2014 for Best Use of Design, Layout & Presentation
  • The Peak Selections: Timepieces for Best Feature on Timepieces
  • The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel for Best Use of Design, Layout & Presentation
  • Female April 2014 for Best Use of Design, Layout & Presentation
  • Lianhe Zaobao’s I Report for Best Use of UGC (User-Generated Content)

Ms Joanna Lee-Miller, Group Editor of Luxury Titles and Custom Publishing, SPH Magazines, said: "It is extremely gratifying for the winning teams at SPH Magazines to be acknowledged by industry experts for their constant and tireless efforts to raise the editorial and design bar. ICON and SilverKris which clinched gold awards prove they stand at the vanguard of luxury and travel in their respective magazine categories." 

Female’s fashion-forward positioning puts it way ahead of the fashion magazine pack. Every month, Female delivers to its trend-and brand-conscious readers the most cutting-edge looks from the fashion capitals of the world, and profiles exciting local and international designers, cool hunters and tastemakers. It breaks the latest beauty news, from the most revolutionary products and services to the most up-to-the-minute trends. Besides being Singapore’s go-to publication for what’s trending with insiders, it also offers coverage on the world of design, art and pop culture. Female also has editions in Malaysia and Indonesia.

From factory fires to water spouts to workers trapped in a gondola, Lianhe Zaobao's readers have been supplying the newsroom with crucial information from the front lines through the "I Report"(我来报新闻)function embedded on the daily's mobile phone app. "I Report" encourages citizen journalism by enabling users to submit news tip-offs to the paper at their own convenience. Since its launch in late February this year, the app has crowd-sourced close to 200 notifications from readers, out of which about 60 photos and videos have been published online or in the paper. 

Mr Goh Sin Teck, Editor of Lianhe Zaobao, said: "Lianhe Zaobao has always emphasised on the importance of the paper's relations with our readers. "I Report" uses digital media to create content for our various platforms including print, and is another successful innovation from our team and an important milestone on our efforts to strengthen our relationships with our readers."  

These awards are the latest awards that SPH Magazines' publications have won this year. In particular, The Peak Selections: Gourmet and Travel has won a total of six local and international awards in 2014. Besides the Asian Publishing Awards, the quarterly spin-off title of The Peak has also won accolades at the MPAS Awards and the ICMA or International Corporate Media Awards. 

This year's Asian Publishing Awards saw a total of 184 projects from 22 publishing companies in seven countries vying for the awards, making it a real challenge for the judges to evaluate the entries. 

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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.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing

SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 2.8 million individuals or 69 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, SPH's suite of digital products includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, and SPH Razor. Besides print, SPH newspapers are also available on online, smartphone and tablet platforms.


In the radio business, SPH Radio Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.


SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte Ltd, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited.

The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:
· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and 
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore.
The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

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