Telegraph journalist Malachi O'Doherty among four to pick up top arts award
Two writers, a composer and a playwright have each been presented with awards worth £15,000 each by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
A Major Individual Award is the highest honour bestowed by the body, which is responsible for the development of the arts.
The recipients of the prestigious National Lottery-funded awards, given in recognition of the contribution each of the artists has made to creative life in Northern Ireland, include writers Malachi O'Doherty - a regular Belfast Telegraph contributor - and Rosemary Jenkinson, composer Ed Bennett and playwright Carol Moore.
Arts council chief Roisin McDonough congratulated the four "immensely talented artists".
"This award will help to cement their national and international reputations as artists, and strengthen the positive cultural profile of Northern Ireland, both home and abroad," she said.