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Herald travel writers pick up top prizes at national awards

The Herald has scooped first place in a national competition for travel writers.

Mark Evans, travel editor of the Herald, won the Travel Extra Journalist of the Year Award.

He was presented with the award at a dinner in Dublin attended by the nation's leading travel writers. He was honoured for an acclaimed series of articles on foreign travel and holiday opportunities throughout 2009.

And Herald journalist Lorna Nolan won the national award for young travel writers. She received the prize for her stories on New York and Malta.

A number of other writers also received awards for different holiday categories.

The award winners were chosen by a distinguished panel of senior Irish journalists.

This year saw a huge increase in the number of submissions from previous years, displaying the creativity and continuing innovation of travel and tourism journalism in Ireland.

The sponsor of the award for overall winner was the Malta Tourist Board. The young journalist national award was sponsored by Thomas Cook.