The winners of this year's Isle of Wight Book Awards have been crowned.

Best-selling authors Alan Titchmarsh, Hunter Davies and Georgina Moore were the judges for the 2023 event, which saw over £400 raised for charity, Independent Arts.

Nominees and winners were announced over a literary lunch at the Island Sailing Club, Cowes.

Franko Figueiredo-Stow and Caroline Diamond won the overall prize for their book, Out on an Island.

Isle of Wight County Press: From left: Franko Figueiredo and Caroline Diamond.From left: Franko Figueiredo and Caroline Diamond. (Image: Caroline Diamond)

The book gives a rich and diverse portrayal of Isle of Wight LGBTQ+ history and features an inspiring collection of personal real-life stories, features and factual research all connected to the Island.

The competition is in its second year and its objective is to encourage the writing, reading and publishing of books about the Island.

There were three categories in total: fiction, non-fiction and children's.

In the fiction category, judged by Georgina Moore, M.H. Eccleston's Death on the Isle came first, while Mary Grand's Good Neighbours came second, and The Piper by Matthew Ryan came third.

The non-fiction category, judged by Hunter Davis, saw Franko Figueiredo-Stow and Caroline Diamond's Out on an Island win, and George East's Rough Diamond - Notes From A Big Island, and Jill Cowley's Yarmouth and Shalfleet - Coastal Town and County Parish come second and third respectively.

In the children's category, judged by Alan Titchmarsh, Twiced Hexed by Julia Tuffs came first, Alan Barbara's Maddie the Baddie was second and Jo Cooper's A Red Sky came third.