SOME remarkable free holidays were the prizes being handed out last night, at an ceremony celebrating Scots media reporting of France.
As part of its France Meets the Media 2013 initiative, French tourism agency, Atout France, was in Glasgow last night to thank the Scottish Press for its coverage of French tourist destinations.
And the award winners’ list reads:
Best Article on General Information
Winner: Mark McGivern – Inspired? Join the Club, Daily Record
Runner-up: Iain Macwhirter – The French hills are alive, with a growing population, The Herald
Mark’s prize was a package trip to Hyères-les-Palmiers.
Best Article for Scotland-based Readers
Winner: Stephen McGinty – Nice way to find your muse, The Scotsman
Runner-up: Ginny Clark – See the light, SoS Spectrum magazine
Stephen won a package trip to Corsica and its luxury hotels.
Most Entertaining Article
Winner: Ron Mackenna – Southern Comforts, The Herald
Runner-up: Anna Burnside – Pretty Vacances, SoS Spectrum magazine
Ron received a package trip to Nice for the Hotel Windsor and Holiday Inn.
Meanwhile, two special prizes were awarded to Charles Fletcher – for ‘Here is a secret illuminated in one word: Metz’, which appeared in The Herald – and Keith Bruce – for ‘Leave the superlatives to the sportsmen. Art isn’t about coming first’, also in The Herald.
Charles won a package trip to the Loire Valley, while Keith is to stay at the Perouse and Windsor hotels in Nice.
The runners-up received bottles of Crémant de Bourgogne sparkling wine.