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2024 Winners

Gordon Fyfe was this year's Barron Trophy winner, seen here with Nicola McAlley and John Ross, the Chairs of the Media Awards and the Highlands and Islands Press Ball, respectively.

Iain MacInnes, BBC Scotland’s Senior Journalist in the Highlands and Islands, has been named Diageo Journalist of the Year at the annual Highlands and Islands Media Awards.

Iain was the unanimous choice of the judges for the quality of his news gathering.

Iain’s prize for winning the top award is £500, which includes £300 to be gifted to a charity of his choice. He also won the Jim Love Memorial Trophy for being Reporter of the Year and the Highland Tourism Environment and Sustainability Reporter of the Year Award.

Newspaper of the Year is the Shetland Times while The Ileach, Islay and Jura, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, won Community Newspaper of the Year.

A new award of Campaign of the Year was won by the Oban Times for its Invest in the West campaign.

The Highland News and Media Group picked up four awards, including the new Web Site of the Year Award. Iona MacDonald was voted Young Journalist of the Year, receiving the Alex Main Trophy; Ewan Malcolm, Business Writer of the Year and Beth Taylor, Photographer of the Year.

Feature Writer of the Year is Stuart Findlay of The Press and Journal while Sports Writer of the Year was won by Eric Mackinnon, of the Stornoway Gazette, who picked up the new Bill McAllister Memorial Trophy, donated by Bill’s family.

For a third year running, Angus Peter Campbell of the West Highland Free Press won the Gaelic Writer of the Year Award. Read more here.

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menu news!

Over the last few years, we have noticed some interesting and growing dietary choices among people attending the Press Ball.

With that in mind, and the need to be more sustainable, we worked with the team at the Kingsmills Hotel to make some changes to the dinner menu.

It’s unprecedented for us and, we think, for large-scale events in the Highlands.

Here’s Geoff at the Kingsmills to explain

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After years of incredible service to the media awards, with Nicola stepping up.

Get all the information you need from timings and dress code, to timings and everything in between here on our FAQs page!



We will have our usual fundraising activities in support of four local charities. It would be much appreciated if you could contact us if you wish to donate prizes to our auction, raffle or tombola:


John Ross  
Chairman, Highlands and Islands Press Ball  
07813 400570  
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