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HAMBURG, Germany, July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Start of application phase for innovative concepts, products and locations/ Introduction of the new category "organic concepts" for natural cosmetics 

Fantastic spa locations and luxury hotels, innovative beauty products, and extraordinary treatments are once again being sought for the GALA SPA AWARDS, which will be awarded at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in spring 2015. Companies from more than 30 countries can submit their unique care concepts and feel-good locations up to August 22, 2014. Companies from Jordan and Israel will be able to take part in the competition for the first time this year. In addition, the new category "organic concepts" is being introduced as a way of recognizing future-oriented natural cosmetics products, thus catering to the trend of organic and sustainable cosmetics.

"Many exciting natural cosmetics products have already been introduced to the beauty market, and consumers have become increasingly aware of the importance of organic and sustainable products. The aim of the new category is to help us stay abreast of these changes and raise awareness of sustainable products", says GALA editor-in-chief and GALA SPA AWARDS judging panel member, Christian Krug.

The GALA SPA AWARDS will be presented in Baden-Baden on March 21, 2015 at a glamorous ceremony attended by well-known guests. Special highlights of the evening will include the announcement of the winners of the "Beauty Idol" award and the "Special Prize". The "Beauty Idol" award honors a celebrity who stands out due to his or her positive attitude to life and lifestyle in accordance with the spa concept. "Beauty Idol" award winners from recent years include Irina Shayk, Toni Garrn, Julie Delpy, and Karolina Kurkova, among others. The most recent "Special Prize" was awarded to the Swedish explorer, film producer and motivation coach, Johan Ernst Nilsson, who has undertaken more than 30 climate-neutral expeditions with a focus on the environment and climate in more than 145 countries since 1994.

Application documents for the eight categories Luxury Concepts, Innovation Concepts, Cult Concepts, Men Concepts, Treatment Concepts, Luxury Hotel City/Resort, Innovative Spa Concepts and Organic Concepts can only be submitted online at

Your contact for all product categories is Saskia Griesbach, phone +49-40-3703-5225,
e-mail: For the hotel and spa categories, please contact Ariane Häusler, phone +49-40-3703-4387, e-mail:

Details concerning the application and the GALA SPA AWARDS 2015 are available at:


The GALA SPA AWARDS was established in 1996 and is one of the most important international beauty and spa awards. Only first-class care products and hotels or locations that meet the holistic requirements of the GALA SPA AWARDS are honored. The jury comprises the following members: dermatology professor Prof. Volker Steinkraus, medical aesthetics physician Dr. Barbara Sturm, dermatologist and cosmetic science professor
Dr. Martina Kerscher, stress management coach Susanne Preiss, CEO Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa Frank Marrenbach, stylist and publisher Armin Morbach, GALA editor-in-chief
Christian Krug, head of the GALA beauty department Frie Kicherer, and GALA beauty editor Ariane Häusler.

About GALA 

Every Thursday, premium people and lifestyle magazine GALA reports about celebrities from all over the world. With well-researched background information, GALA presents the stories behind the news. With exclusive pictures, insightful stories, honest interviews and brilliant photo series, GALA creates an intimate yet respectful closeness to the stars. Week after week, the magazine sets standards for trailblazing, glamorous journalism. The sold circulation of GALA ranges around 326,697 copies (IVW data II/2014). The title is available at a copy price of 2.90 euros.

Your press contact:

PR / Communication
Andrea Wagner
Gruner + Jahr AG & Co KG
Phone: +49-40-3703-2980

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