More than 260 media representatives, politicians and heads of public and private organisations attended the event, organised by Inverness-based communications company System2.
The ball attracts journalists from Shetland to Argyll and from Moray to the Outer Hebrides serving print, broadcast and online media, and was held for the 29th year in its current format.
Principal sponsor of the evening was Diageo, with additional support from System2, Chivas Brothers, Fujitsu, the National Union of Journalists, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
The event raised more than £3,000 for four local charities - Alzheimer Scotland, MND (Motor Neurone Disease) Scotland, the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland and Highland Wildcats.
Will Clark, a reporter with North of Scotland Newspapers, was named Journalist of the Year, while the Shetland Times was crowned Newspaper of the Year and Fios, which serves North Lewis, won Community Newspaper of the Year.
The full list of award winners is -
Best Use of Gaelic
Donald Lamont, Radio nan Gàidheal
Best Use of Digital Media
Young Journalist of the Year and the Alex Main Trophy
Daniel Lawson, BBC Shetland
Sports Reporter of the Year
Craig Christie, Northern Scot
Photographer of the Year
Gary Anthony, Scottish Provincial Press
Top Shot of the Year
Willie Urquhart, West Highland Free Press
Reporter of the Year and the Jim Love Memorial Trophy
Calum Ross, Press and Journal
Top Story of the Year
Jamie Durent, Scottish Provincial Press
Feature Writer of the Year
Susan Welsh, Press and Journal
Community Newspaper of the Year
Fios (North Lewis)
Newspaper of the Year
Diageo Journalist of the Year
Will Clark, North of Scotland Newspapers
Barron Trophy for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism
David Ross, The Herald