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SPH Magazines Bags Regional Awards for Best Magazine Cover Design

Singapore, 29 March 2007 - SPH Magazines Pte Ltd has clinched honours again for editorial excellence at the prestigious IFRA Asia Media Awards competition. This is the fourth year that Singapore’s premier magazine company has received the awards.

The two awards that were given to SPH Magazines at a presentation yesterday evening (28 March) in Manila Philippines were for the Best in Magazine Cover Design category. They are:

1) ICON Moments 2006/2007

Silver Award, Best in Design Award
Category 3, Best in Magazine Cover Design
Circulation below 50,000 copies

2) SilverKris

Special Recognition, Best in Design Award
Category 3, Best in Magazine Cover Design
Circulation over 50,000 copies
Judges´ Special Recommendation

Asia Media Awards is a platform of IFRA Asia, a regional association for the publishing industry, for recognising and rewarding excellence, creativity and innovation among newspapers and magazines in Asia and the Middle East.

Mr Loh Yew Seng, CEO of SPH Magazines, says: “We are honoured as well as elated to have received the Asia Media Awards for the fourth time. In fact, we have done better this year as we´ve got not one but two awards. Once again, our creativity and professional flair in magazine design have been recognised by experts from the regional organisation of IFRA Asia. We will continue to strive for greater editorial excellence to meet the changing needs and expectations of our readers and advertisers.”

Previous Asia Media Awards bagged by SPH Magazines are a Silver for Magazine Design in 2006 for Her World; a Bronze for Best in Design in 2005 for Home and Decor; and a Gold for Excellence in Magazine Design in 2004 for Young Parents.

Winning glossy publication ICONis Singapore´s first and only Chinese luxury lifestyle magazine for the elite. Since its inception two years ago, the magazine has been very well received by readers and advertisers. In October 2006, under strong encouragement and support from its readers and advertisers, the magazine launched an annual title “ICON MOMENTS” that featured luxury watches and jewellery and targeted at the bilingual elite in Singapore and Malaysia.

Delighted by ICON’s first victory at the Asia Media Awards, Ms Elsie Yah, Managing Editor of ICON, says: “This timely award is the best gift for ICONas it celebrates its second anniversary this week. ICON´s achievement, so far, can be deemed as ‘iconic´. Not only have we achieved success in harnessing strong support from readers and advertisers within a short time, we have also received recognition by IFRA, an internationally recognised publishing authority, for our first issue of “ICON MOMENTS”. It´s indeed an honour and a reason for our double celebration.”

World-renowned inflight magazine, SilverKris is published by SPH Magazines on behalf of Singapore Airlines. The 30 year-old magazine was revamped in July 2006 to present a fresh and contemporary travel read. Its winning features are strong visuals and punchy writings on travel and lifestyle topics.

Stephen Forshaw, Singapore Airlines’ Vice President for Public Affairs says, "Singapore Airlines is very pleased that SilverKris has been recognised in the Asia Media Awards. This award underscores our commitment to provide our customers with premium product offerings, ranging from the luxurious suite of Singapore Airlines cabin products to the latest in inflight entertainment.

Just as we constantly innovate our products and services to keep pace with the changing lifestyle preferences of our customers, SilverKris will be kept up to date with the latest travel news and trends to cater to the tastes and expectations of our readers."

On SilverKris´ win, Ms Audrey Perera, Editor of SilverKris, says: "All of us in the SilverKris team are really proud to receive this award. Last July, we revamped the magazine, embarking on a transformation to take SilverKris from ’the inflight magazine´ to ’the travel magazine´ of Singapore Airlines. This marked an important juncture in our continuing efforts to strive for editorial and design excellence, and so it is very gratifying to receive such serious recognition of our efforts.”

This year, SPH Magazines´ parent company, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd, has also continued to garner awards in the Asia Media Awards. Its publications won a total of five awards in the Best in Infographics and Best in Newspaper Supplement categories.

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Pearly Mak
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Corporate Communications
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd
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About SPH Magazines Pte Ltd

A leading publisher in Singapore and the region, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of media giant Singapore Press Holdings Limited.

With a proven track record for sterling editorial content & award-winning designs, SPH Magazines raises the bar as a dynamic magazine publisher. In its stable are over 90 titles in English and Chinese, covering lifestyle, fashion, beauty, society, bridal, health, men´s lifestyle, movies, automobile, parenting, decor, new media and business. All the newsstand publications, including flagship title Her World, and other well-known titles such as Female, The Peak, Home and Decor, Nuyou, Torque, HWM and GameAxis are among the highest-circulating titles and best-read in their respective lifestyle category.

In addition, an established editorial unit provides excellent custom publishing services to major corporate clients by producing custom lifestyle magazines, newsletters and other collateral to meet their business needs.

With a vision to continue growth regionally, SPH Magazines is set to become Asia´s publishing powerhouse. It has editorial offices in China, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Magazines in its fold have achieved strong market presence in their respective sectors, as well as distinguished track records and solid reputations.

At SPH Magazines, the promise is to deliver its best to meet the diverse needs and interests of readers and advertisers.