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Magazine on sustainable living wins award

Australia's practical and positive guide to sustainable living, G: The Green Lifestyle Magazine, has taken out the coveted 2007 Consumer Magazine of the Year trophy only a year after its launch.

Meanwhile, its sister publication COSMOS, the innovative Australian science magazine that treats science as hip and fashionable, has taken out its 22nd award in just three years.

At the 2007 Bell Awards in Sydney, held annually by the magazine industry body Publishers Australia, G Magazine scooped a total of seven awards, including a highly commended certificate for Editor of the Year for G's Sara Phillips.

The magazine's publisher, boutique Sydney magazine house Luna Media, took out Best Consumer Magazine Launch for G Magazine, and a highly commended certificate as Best Small Publisher, both collected by CEO Kylie Ahern. A highly commended award for Advertising Salesperson of the Year was received by G Magazine's Tatyana Kovalyov.

For the second year in a row, one of the company's editorial interns took out the Best Newcomer to Journalism award; in 2007 the winner was Benjamin Lester, who worked on G Magazine as well as COSMOS.

Corey Butler, art director of both G Magazine and COSMOS, was recognised with a highly commended plaque for Graphic Designer of the Year.

But it was G Magazine which stole the limelight, winning 2007 Consumer Magazine of the Year in its category (print run greater than 30,000), and the trophy was collected by a delighted editor Sara Phillips.

"For a magazine that didn't even exist a year ago, this is an exciting result for G Magazine," said Wilson da Silva, editor-in-chief and co-founder of both titles. "Luna Media is only three years old, yet we already have 26 awards to our name. Our readers and advertisers already recognise the excellence we produce, so it's very gratifying that our peers do as well."

"There were a lot of sceptics in the industry when we announced the launch of a positive and practical eco-living magazine just over a year ago," said Ahern. "But both readers and advertisers have embraced G Magazine and made it a success. Clearly, concern about climate change and sustainability are mainstream now. G Magazine has captured the zeitgeist."

The awards were held before an audience of 500 on 30 November 2007 and were hosted by Ita Buttrose AO OBE, the seasoned publisher, journalist and media personality. They were judged by a panel of 33 independent industry specialists and academics who selected winners in 34 categories.

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