Four charities are to benefit from the 2016 Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards, the only event that brings together colleagues from across a huge and dispersed region.Some 250 media representatives, politicians and heads of public and private organisations attend the event, which was held for the 28th year in its current format and was organised for the fifth year in succession by Lucid PR Events and Marketing.
The ball attracted journalists from Shetland to Argyll and from Moray to the Outer Hebrides serving print, broadcast and online media.
Principal sponsor of the evening was Diageo, with additional support from Chivas Brothers, Fujitsu, the National Union of Journalists, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Lucid and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
The event raised more than £3,500 for four local charities - Highland Hospice, Inverness Women’s Aid, Highland Foodbank and Youth Highland.
Moira Kerr, a freelance journalist from Oban, was named Journalist of the Year, while the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald was crowned Newspaper of the Year and Chatterbox, which serves the Black Isle, won the Community Newspaper of the Year title.
The full list of award winners is -
- Best Use of Gaelic - Calum MacLean, BBC Alba
- Best Use of Digital Media - Shetland News
- Sports Reporter of the Year - Will Clark, North of Scotland Newspapers
- Young Journalist of the Year and the Alex Main Trophy - Ellie House, Inverness Courier
- Top Shot of the Year -Trevor Martin, freelance, Inverness
- Photographer of the Year- Gair Fraser, Scottish Provincial Press
- Feature Writer of the Year - Moira Kerr, Oban
- Reporter of the Year and the Jim Love Memorial Trophy - Ryan Taylor, Shetland Times
- Top story of the year - Neil Riddell, Shetland News
- Community Newspaper of the Year - Chatterbox, Black Isle
- Newspaper of the Year - Strathspey and Badenoch Herald
- Diageo Journalist of the Year - Moira Kerr, freelance, Oban
- Barron Trophy for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism - Paul Breen, Inverness