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IN THE DEAD SEA IT'S A GOOD READ.

Byline: Jessica Flynn

YOUNGSTER Steffan Dawe has floated his way to first place in our hugely popular Echo on Tour competition.

The Ysgol y Wern pupil can be seen floating in the Dead Sea with his soggy copy of the Echo while on holiday with his mum Sarah Cronin, dad Steven, 47, and little sister Phoebe, six.

The family, from Angelica Way, Thornhill, Cardiff, beat strong competition from hundreds of applicants in this year's contest, which invites readers to send in photographs of themselves with the paper while on their travels.

They win first prize of pounds 300 for their picture, taken on holiday in Israel where they visited friends and went sightseeing.

"We had a great holiday," said mum Sarah, 37.

"I used to work in kibbutz so we went back to visit friends.

"We hired a car and went to lots of lovely places.

"We hiked up the Masada where King Herod built a fortress, and Phoebe was playing hide and seek and grazed her arms and legs and wasn't able to go in the sea as it's too salty.

"The tradition when you're in the Dead Sea is to read the Jerusalem Post, so I thought we'd do it with the Echo. It took us ages to take the photo.

"I think we'll spend the money on a trip for when our friends in Israel come to visit us next year.

"Steffan is over the moon and says he'd like to go to Centre Parks and buy sweets for his and his sister's classmates."

Our second prize of pounds 200 went to friends Debbie and Phil Smith, from Axeminster Road, Roath, Cardiff, and Gerry and Angela Camilleri, from Southminster Road, Roath.

The two couples holiday together every year and took their picture during this year's break to Mexico.

"It's great to win," said Debbie, who sent in the snap. It's not often we win something.

"We had a lovely holiday and the boys always take their Echo with them wherever we go because they are big Cardiff City fans.

"While we were walking from the beach we saw these Mayan Indians and the boys had their photo taken with them.

"I'm not sure what we'll spend the money on - probably a night out or a meal."

In third place, winning pounds 100, was Vivien Rosalind Nicholls, from Amesbury Road, Penylan, who posed with the Echo in a mock-up of John Lethbridge's diving engine of 1720 while at Newton Abbot Museum.

Vivien also spotted renowned 19th-century engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and popped an Echo in his pocket.

Next year's popular Echo on Tour competition will launch in the spring.

CLICK ON to see a selection of the best pictures from this year's Echo on Tour competition WalesOnline.co.uk /gallery

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Phil Smith and Gerry Camilleri took second place for their Mexico picture, while Vivien Nicholls went diving to claim third spot in the competition
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