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ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MEDIA AWARDS

The Highlands and Islands Media Awards are now officially open for entries. Our panel of judges are waiting to review the leading stories, features and pictures from 2019 and decide who should win the coveted titles.

Deadline for entries is 5p.m. Friday 29 November, 2019.

 

  • All entries must have been published/broadcast between December 2018 and 29 November 2019.

  • Winners will be announced at the Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards, to be held on Friday, 7 February 2020 at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness. 

  • Please note, being shortlisted for an award does not guarantee attendance at the Press Ball, although every effort will be made to accommodate finalists.  

  • Finalists will be advised as early as possible. However, given the demand for seats at the ball, we would advise early booking to secure your spot.

We would prefer that you enter electronically using www.wetransfer.com, emailing entries to hipbma@gmail.com  
 
Using WeTransfer:
 
1.    Visit into www.wetransfer.com
2.    Add your files
3.    Add you email address and any message
4.    Email to hipbma@gmail.com

The file size limit is 2gb. You can send more than one message if needed. 
 
However, if this is a problem, please send hard copies of your entry or entries to:
 
Gordon Fyfe 
Chairman of the Judging Panel
Highlands and Islands Media Awards
8 Raasay Road, Inverness IV2 3LR. 
 

In particular, we appreciate that entrants for Community Newspaper /Newspaper of the Year/ and Photographer of the Year may find it easier to send hard copies of entries.

 

If there are any problems with emailing larger files please get in touch.

 

The categories are open to all writers, online and print, broadcasters and photographers working in the Highlands and Islands.

 

ALL ENTRIES SHOULD BE PRESENTED IN A NEAT AND TIDY MANNER AND

ALL SCANS/FILES CLEARLY LEGIBLE. MISSING SECTIONS OF TEXT OR

ILLEGIBILITY WILL, UNFORTUNATELY, DISQUALIFY ENTRIES.

 

Please DO NOT enter the same articles/features in separate sections i.e. Young Journalist and Feature Writer of the Year. Please submit a separate portfolio for the

category of your choice.

CATEGORIES

SPORTS REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Entries are welcome from writers/broadcasters delivering the wide range of sports coverage in the Highlands and Islands. The judges are particularly looking for

articles demonstrating a range of ability, preferably across a variety of sports and/or events.

 

Requirements - three original and individual pieces of work researched, written or broadcast by the entrant. Please supply in easily accessible file format - pdf, jpg, mp3 etc.

 

Please also provide – your name, the name of employer/or indicate freelance, your contact phone number.

 

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

For news, sport or feature photography published within the Highlands and Islands. A portfolio of no more than six prints should be supplied, in colour or black and white, of which a minimum of three must have been published.

 

Requirements - six individual pieces of work. Please supply as un-mounted print no larger than A4 size and/or as a digital file. Please supply in easily accessible file

format - pdf, jpg, mp3 etc.

 

Please also provide – your name, the name of employer/or indicate freelance, your contact phone number.

 

TOP SHOT OF THE YEAR

For news, sport or feature photography published within the Highlands and Islands. This will be open to both staff and freelance photographers. Provide one photograph which you think has the most outstanding story-telling quality.

 

Requirements - One photograph. Please supply as un-mounted print, no larger than A4 size and/or as a digital file. If submitting as part of a portfolio for Photographer of the Year, please indicate which picture is your top entry.

 

Please also provide - your name, the name of employer/or indicate freelance, your contact phone number.

 

BORD NA GAIDHLIG AWARD

For the best three articles or broadcast features produced in Gaelic.

 

Requirements - three original and individual pieces of work researched, written or broadcast by the entrant. Please supply in easily accessible file format - pdf, jpg, mp3 etc.

 

Please also provide - your name, the name of employer/or indicate freelance, your contact phone number.

 

BEST USE OF DIGITAL MEDIA

Open to all journalists/editors or web designers for their representation of Highlands and Islands news or features on the web. This may include use of social media,

articles, podcasts, or websites.

 

Requirements - three original and individual pieces of work which were researched, written and printed or broadcast by the entrant. Please supply in easily accessible

file format - links/files/web addresses, or in screen shots, pdf, jpg, mp3 etc

 

Please also provide - your name, the name of employer/or indicate freelance, your contact phone number.

 

REPORTER OF THE YEAR - JIM LOVE MEMORIAL AWARD

Three separate published/broadcast stories across a range of subjects to be supplied indicating good community contacts, originality, accuracy, and an

understanding of target audience.

 

Requirements - three original and individual pieces of work researched, written and printed or broadcast by the entrant. Please supply in easily accessible file format - pdf, jpg, mp3 etc.

 

Please also provide - your name, the name of employer/or indicate freelance, your contact phone number.

 

TOP STORY OF THE YEAR

The winning writer should demonstrate service to the community from fair, accurate and compelling coverage of an issue/campaign. This could be one outstanding piece of work or follow an issue across a number of occasions.

 

Requirements - one single piece or up to three pieces if part of a linked series. Must be researched, written and printed or /broadcast by the entrant. Please supply

in easily accessible file format - pdf, jpg, mp3 etc.

 

Please also provide - your name, the name of employer/or indicate freelance, your contact phone number.

 

COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Open to all community newspapers/newsletters published within the Highlands and Islands.

 

Requirements - three individual editions. If sent digitally please send link to website archive, or accessible file format.

 

Please also provide - your name, the name of employer/or indicate freelance, your contact phone number.

 

NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Open to all newspapers published within the Highlands and Islands.

 

Requirements - three individual editions. Please send link to website archive, or accessible file format.

 

Please also provide - your name, the name of employer/or indicate freelance, your contact phone number.

 

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Three features should be submitted, demonstrating range and writing ability.

 

Requirements - three individual pieces of work researched, written and printed or broadcast by the entrant. Please supply in easily accessible file format - pdf, jpg, mp3 etc.

 

Please also provide - your name, the name of employer/or indicate freelance, your contact phone number.

 

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR - ALEX MAIN TROPHY

Entrants for this category must be under 25 on 29 November 2019. Judges are seeking evidence of journalistic skill in originality, presentation, dedication and

engagement with the community the entrant represents.

 

Requirements - three original and individual pieces of work researched, written or broadcast by the entrant. Please supply in easily accessible file format - pdf, jpg, mp3 etc.

 

 

Please also provide – your name, the name of employer/or indicate freelance, your contact phone number.

 

BUSINESS STORY OF THE YEAR

We are delighted to introduce this category for 2020 and our thanks go to a new sponsor Inverness Chamber of Commerce.

The winning writer should demonstrate fair, accurate and compelling coverage of a business issue/campaign. This could be one outstanding piece of work or follow an issue across a number of occasions.

 

Requirements - one single piece or up to three pieces if part of a linked series. Must be researched, written and printed or /broadcast by the entrant. Please supply

in easily accessible file format - pdf, jpg, mp3 etc.

 

Please also provide - your name, the name of employer/or indicate freelance, your contact phone number.

 

THE DIAGEO JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Overall award for most outstanding journalistic talent of the year. This will be selected at the judges' discretion. No entries are required.

 

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