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ICON Bags Gold Award for Best in Magazine Overall Design

Singapore, 2 April 2008 – ICON, the Chinese language luxury lifestyle magazine of SPH Magazines Pte Ltd, has clinched the gold award for Best in Magazine Overall Design at the 7th IFRA Asia Media Awards competition.

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.

This is the 2nd time ICON has won the IFRA award. Last year, ICON Moments bagged a Silver award for Best in Magazine Cover. ICON Moments, a watch and jewellery annual was launched under strong encouragement and support from its readers and advertisers, and it is circulated to the bilingual elite in Singapore and Malaysia.

Mr Loh Yew Seng, CEO of SPH Magazines, says: "ICON has done us proud once again by clinching the award. The recognition by an international publishing award for hard work and creative flair put in by the editors and staff at the magazine is truly the best form of job satisfaction. It is also definitely a further incentive for us to reach higher levels and push our publications to new heights of excellence."

ICON is Singapore’s first and only Chinese luxury lifestyle magazine for women. Since its inception three years ago, the magazine has been very well received by readers and advertisers.

Delighted by ICON’s victory at the Asia Media Awards 2008, Ms Elsie Yah, Managing Editor of ICON, says: "For such a young magazine like ICON, it is indeed a great achievement for us to bag our 2nd award in two years. This accolade which has effectively lined us next to other internationally renowned publications encourages us to raise the bar of excellence once again. Our commitment to maintain ICON as one of the best luxury magazines in the region will continue and we hope to continue to have the support of our readers and advertisers whom we owe all these achievements to."

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Ms Sim Yen Han / Pearly Mak
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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 100 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, Home and Decor, Nuyou, Torque, HWM and GameAxis are among the highest-circulating titles and best-read in their respective lifestyle category.

This magazine group can also boast about its 10 luxury titles including its flagships The Peak and ICON. At the turn of 2008, SPH Magazines acquired Asia-Pacific Boating, China Boating, Jet Asia-Pacific, Luxury Properties, AsiaSpa, Polo China and Action Asia under its wholly-owned Hong Kong incorporated company Blu Inc Media (HK) Limited. This suite of titles has effectively made SPH Magazines the leading luxury magazines publisher in the Asia-Pacific region.

SPH Magazines’ established editorial units also provide excellent custom publishing services to major corporate clients by producing custom lifestyle magazines, newsletters and any other collateral to meet their business needs.

In the online and IT arena, SPH Magazines also has a highly regarded presence through the portals and publications of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hardware Zone Pte Ltd. is consistently been getting rave reviews through the Hitwise awards and several review watchdogs over the last 2 years such that it has become the most respected portal in Asia.

With a vision to continue growth regionally, SPH Magazines is set to become Asia’s publishing powerhouse. It has publishing houses in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines. SPH 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 all its stakeholders and achieve its vision to be a world class Publisher of Choice.

About ICON
When luxury is everything, ICON is Singapore’s first and most-established Chinese luxury lifestyle magazine. A style guide for the rich and famous and The voice for Singapore’s bilingual elites, ICON features an irresistible mix of international and local events, up-to-the-minute fashion and beauty news, glamorous lifestyles of the uber-high-fliers, essential reads, and much more. ICON also publishes an annual watch and jewellery guide, ICON Moments, and licenses ICON’s Malaysian edition to Blu Inc Media Sdn Bhd.