In the story, Masara outlined the dangers of smoking which include veld fires. The story is part of many she has written in her environment column since 2010.
She walked away with a cash prize, a trophy, a certificate and two nights’ accommodation for two at an RTG lodge in Hwange. Patrice Makova who works for The Mail newspaper won the award for the second quarter.
His winning story, on conservation and climate change, was published in the newspaper which is no longer publishing.