Two Travel Weekly writers have been honoured at The Association of Independent Tour Operators (Aito) 2018 Travel Writer of the Year Awards.

Sarah Gilbert won the award for Aito Travel Trade Writer of the Year for her piece, Scenic Safaris, about Kenya while Tamara Hinson came third in the category for her article Singapore: Go Green.

Judges described Gilbert’s article as “a panoramic but detailed overview of wildlife conservation that allows the experts to speak”. She won £250.

Awards were given out for the Travel Blogger of the Year, Young Travel Writer of the Year and in two Travel Writer of the Year categories, for over and under 1,500 words.

Travel Weekly features editor Katie McGonagle said: “Congratulations to Sarah and Tamara on these thoroughly well-deserved awards. They are both excellent travel writers and it’s wonderful to see their contributions to Travel Weekly’s destination coverage gaining recognition from the wider industry.

“We strive to bring our readers interesting, original destination content, whether we’re writing about countries they know and love or places that might be less familiar, and Sarah and Tamara’s articles on a flying safari in Kenya, and on nature holidays to Singapore and Bintan, certainly offered a fresh perspective on those destinations.

“Well done also to Travel Weekly features reporter Laura French, whose piece on Eilat in Israel, was also shortlisted for the same award.”

Aito chairman Derek Moore said: “There has been an incredibly high standard of winners once again this year, and we’d like to thank all of the writers who entered the awards and, of course, to congratulate the worthy winners.

“It’s a tall order for the judges, but also a very rewarding exercise and a joy to read so many well-crafted examples of great of travel writing, where destinations are brought to life on a page and readers are taken on fascinating journeys and all manner of adventures.”