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SPH Magazines� Custom Publishing Wins International Awards

Singapore, 17 July 2008 – SPH Magazines Pte Ltd (“SPH Magazines”) recently bagged seven international awards for magazine titles produced by its Custom Publishing unit. The awards, garnered in three separate competitions, recognise editorial and creative excellence in a range of categories covering content, design, photography and illustrations.

SPH Magazines´ Custom Publishing won two Magnum Opus awards, three APEX Awards and two Tabbie Awards. Joanna Lee-Miller, SPH Magazines´ Associate Group Editor, Custom Publishing, says, “The team is ecstatic. We were competing in the international publishing arena and to be honoured with seven awards brings immense satisfaction and a huge boost to creative energy.”

The winning titles include SilverKris – The Travel Magazine of Singapore Airlines, LATITUDE ONEo15 - for ONEo15 Marina Club, and BiZQ for the Singapore Business Federation, Singapore´s apex business chamber.

Dennis Pua, Managing Director of SPH Magazines, says, “Winning these awards speaks volumes for our team´s talent and skills. They have proved to be capable not only in producing publications that help our clients achieve their business objectives, but also in successfully giving them an edge via engaging content and impressive designs and in doing so, effectively communicating through their publications that they are modern and forward-thinking businesses.”

SilverKris, The Travel Magazine of Singapore Airlines, received an Honourable Mention for Best Feature Design in the prestigious Magnum Opus Awards 2008, the premier competition in the global custom publishing industry. In the 2008 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, SilverKris was honoured with a Grand Award for Design & Illustration, as well as an Award for Excellence in Feature Writing.

Editor, Audrey Perera says, “It’s very satisfying to win an award for work which we ourselves were proud of. And of course winning a handful, against so many international competitors, makes it even better!"

LATITUDE ONEo15, an exclusive lifestyle magazine for members of ONEo15 Marina Club clinched a Bronze for Best Use of Colour Photography in the Magnum Opus Awards 2008 and in the APEX Awards 2008, the magazine received an Award of Excellence in the category of Design and Illustration - Photography. Editor Goh Hwee Koon, says, "We spared no effort in our aim to produce a top-quality magazine with visually stunning imagery and we are so pleased that it has paid off handsomely.”

The Singapore Business Federation magazine BiZQ, or Business Quotient, secured a Gold Award for Best Front Cover Design, Digital Imagery and Honourable Mention for Best Single Issue (April-June 2007) in the Tabbie Awards 2008, a leading international competition for trade, association and business publications. BiZQ is distributed to members of the Singapore Business Federation, reaching decision makers, CEOs and entrepreneurs. “Winning two awards for this revamped issue demonstrates the strong emphasis we place on synergising content with captivating visuals. We will certainly continue our ongoing effort to raise the bar for editorial and creative excellence,” says Joanna Lee-Miller, SPH Magazines´ Associate Group Editor, Custom Publishing.

On receiving these awards, Loh Yew Seng, Chief Executive Officer, SPH Magazines says, “Thumbs up for the team! These accolades reaffirm our service standards and our position as the Publisher of Choice who is able to place companies - via these communication tools - on the global map. Congratulations not only to the team but also the publishers of the winning titles.”

SPH Magazines´ Custom Publishing unit is the appointed publishing agent for a diverse range of companies and organisations in the private and public sector. Expertise in all areas of publishing is offered, from developing editorial content and design concepts to advertising sales, printing and distribution, including online capabilities.

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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 categories.

This magazines 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 magazine 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. has consistently been getting rave reviews through the Hitwise awards and from 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 the 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.

List Of Awards


    •    Magnum Opus Awards 2008: Honourable Mention for Best Feature Design, (April 2007 issue, ’The Road To Opportunity’ - travel article on the historic Route 66 in the US)
    •    APEX AWARDS 2008: Grand Award for Design and Illustration, (January 2008 issue, ’Safari Savvy’ - travel article on African Safaris)
    •    APEX AWARDS 2008: Award of Excellence in Feature Writing, (February 2008 issue, ’Bridge Across The Generation Gap’ - article on a father-daughter journey through Europe’)


    •    Magnum Opus Awards 2008: Bronze Award for Best Use of Colour Photography, (July-September 2007 issue)
    •    APEX AWARDS 2008: Award of Excellence for the category Design and Illustration – Photography, (July-September 2007 issue)


    •    Tabbie Awards 2008: Gold Award for Best Front Cover Design, Digital Imagery (April-June 2007 issue)
    •    Tabbie Awards 2008: Honourable Mention for Best Single Issue (April-June 2007 issue)

About SilverKris
SilverKris is the award-winning travel magazine of Singapore Airlines carried on every Singapore Airlines flight to 150 destinations in 46 countries. SilverKris is designed to inform, entertain and inspire readers, with coverage on the latest travel-related products and services, travel trends around the globe and exciting travel destinations to discover.

SilverKris´ previous awards include Bronze Award for magazine editorial spread on a travel-related subject, Asia Travel and Tourism Creative Awards 2006 organised by Ad Asia, and Judges´ Recognition for Best Magazine Cover, IFRA Asia Media Awards 2007.

LATITUDE ONEº15 is a stylish, high-end lifestyle magazine for members of the exclusive ONEº15 – Asia´s finest marina club located at Sentosa Cove. Readers are kept abreast on the latest in the luxury marina lifestyle scene, including yachting, travel, lifestyle trends and epicurean pleasures. Each issue delivers an engaging read, marked by captivating visuals and insightful content.

About BiZQ
BiZQ is the official publication of the Singapore Business Federation, the country´s apex business chamber. The magazine is circulated to the Federation´s members, professional associations and overseas business chambers and is aimed at keeping companies and businesses up-to-date on the latest economic trends, industry news and trade and investment opportunities in Singapore and around the world.

About Magnum Opus Awards 2008
The Magnum Opus Awards is the leading awards programme by McMurry Inc and Missouri School of Journalism dedicated exclusively to custom publishing. The Awards recognise editorial and visual excellence not only of entire publications but also for the best elements of those publications, from the strategic effectiveness of content to design elements such as photography, illustrations and typography.
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About APEX Awards 2008
Into its 20th year, the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence competition recognises excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the success of the entry - in the opinion of the judges - in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence.
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About Tabbie Awards 2008
The Tabbie Awards recognise editorial and design excellence in trade, association and business publications across the globe. The competition is organised by the Trade, Association and Business Publications International (TABPI), a US-based organisation dedicated to promoting excellence in B2B publishing worldwide and encourages a dedication to editorial ethics and excellence.
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