Three journalists from IPP Media outlets yesterday emerged winners in 2012 Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) awards aimed at fighting poaching in the national parks as well as publicising tourist attractions in the country.
The winners of the awards are Salome Kitomari, Nipashe newspaper journalist, Festo Sikagonamo reporter for ITV/RadioOne and Nipashe newspaper features writer Albano Midelo.
Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki presented the awards to 13 winners from different categories in Iringa yesterday.
A panel of judges led by Senior Lecturer of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Dar es Salaam, Dr Ayoub Rioba handed to the first winner a shield, certificate and 1.5m/- cash and a seven-day trip to a Southern African country.
The runner up received certificate and 1m/-and the third winner a certificate and 500,000/-.
Kitomari, who was second winner in the category of conservation and local tourism, wrote a special feature on students and youth visiting tourist attractions including hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro.
“It is good to have your work recognized. I feel good to have won,” Kitomari said.
Sikagonamo who was the first runner up thanked Tanapa for organizing the event and awards to encourage journalists.