CICI announces Korea Image Awards winners
Published : Dec 16, 2019 - 17:54
Updated : Dec 16, 2019 - 17:59
The Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI) announced on Monday this year’s Korea Image Awards winners -- SK Telecom, K-pop columnist Jeff Benjamin and jazz vocalist Nah Youn-sun.

SK Telecom was awarded the Korea Image Stepping Stone Award for its efforts to commercialize 5G technology worldwide as the nation’s top mobile carrier. SKT CEO Park Jung-ho will be given the award on behalf of the company, according to CICI. 

The award ceremony will be held Jan. 14 at InterContinental Seoul Coex in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. 

SK Telecom CEO Park Jung-ho (CICI)

The Korea Image Stepping Stone Bridge Award will go to K-Pop columnist Jeff Benjamin for his contribution to introducing K-pop artists to the world becoming a bridge between the artists and the global audience, CICI said in a statement. As a freelance columnist, Benjamin’s articles have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone and the Holly Reporter. 

K-Pop columnist Jeff Benjamin (CICI)

The Korea Image Fire Stone Award will go to jazz vocalist Nah Youn-sun, a representative Jazz musician in Korea. She is also well-known globally, especially in Europe. “Nah Youn-sun has given happiness to the global audience and contributed to presenting Korean sentiment to the world through her performances,” CICI said. 

Jazz vocalist Nah Youn-sun (CICI)

CICI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Korea’s image abroad, has annually honored cultural figures, organizations or objects that have contributed to spreading a positive image of Korea. 

Past award winners of CICI Korea Image Awards include former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, golfer Pak Se-ri and YouTubers Josh Carrott and Ollie Kendal.

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