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SPH Magazines Clinched Top MPAS Awards

Singapore 26 March 2009 - SPH Magazines Pte Ltd ("SPH Magazines") clinched two prestigious MPAS (Magazine Publishers Association of Singapore) Singapore Publishing Awards at the inaugural MPAS-Pressmart Awards Nite 2009 held at NUSS Suntec City on 24 March 2009.

SPH Magazines’ winning titles are Her World for the MPAS Magazine of the Year 2009 and ICON for the MPAS Chinese Magazine of the Year 2009.

Elisabeth Gwee, Editor, Her World, says, "The Her World team is thrilled to receive this award. It reinforces our position as Singapore’s No. 1 women’s magazine, and is further proof that as the voice of the Singapore woman, Her World knows exactly what readers want, and continues to deliver the very best to them through its extensive coverage of fashion, beauty and lifestyle trends, and compelling, topical in-depth reads that appeal to the modern and stylish female achiever. We’re looking forward to taking Her World to the next level with our new look in our April issue, which features a dynamic new design and more of everything that readers love about the magazine."

Elsie Yah, Managing Editor, ICON, says, "It’s a great honour to be recognised by MPAS’ judging panel comprising professionals from all over Asia. This is a special birthday gift to ICON as we celebrate our 4th anniversary. In appreciation of the strong support we have received, ICON pledges to do our best to maintain our high quality and standards."

MPAS Singapore Publishing Awards, launched on 15 Dec 2008, had 150 entries from various trade, consumer and contract publications. The awards, sponsored by Pressmart Media Limited and KHL Printing Co. Pte Ltd, aims not only to recognise publishers for the excellent quality of the titles published in Singapore, but also the online media they have developed. The 12 categories include awards for hardcopy and online magazines. A panel of industry experts from Indonesia, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, The Philippines and Singapore were involved in selecting the winners.

Mr Loh Yew Seng, CEO, SPH Magazines, says, "We are very honoured to be one of the recipients of MPAS’ inaugural Awards. Until two days ago, only international organisations have been giving out awards for outstanding magazines, which include many of our titles. As Singapore’s magazine industry develops, it’s time for our local professional agency like MPAS to confer awards specific to the local market. I congratulate MPAS for having successfully launched the MPAS Awards. This is a significant step to move Singapore’s publishing sector a notch up."

Another four SPH Magazines’ titles were finalists in three categories: The Peak for Best Visual Series category, Millenia for MPAS - KHL Best New Magazine category, and Home & Decor and Men’s Health for MPAS Magazine of the Year.


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About SPH Magazines
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, décor, 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 Décor, Nuyou, Torque, HWM and GameAxis are among the highest-circulating titles and best-read in their respective lifestyle category.

SPH Magazines’ 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. In addition, its regional IT portal, www.hardwarezone.com(R), is consistently the No.1 online portal as attested by the Hitwise awards over the last 2 years. Its subsidiary, clickTRUE Pte Ltd, is a Pay Per Performance online marketing company specialising in Online Media Planning, Search Engine Marketing and Optimisation, Web Analytics Consultancy and Landing Page Optimisation.

With a vision to continue growth regionally, SPH Magazines is set to become Asia’s publishing powerhouse, with operations in China, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Phillippines and Vietnam. 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.