Media Awards: Highlands and Islands Media Awards 2015

A FREELANCE writer from Oban has been named Journalist of the Year in the annual Highlands and Islands Media Awards.

Say the awards organisers: “Moira Kerr was the unanimous choice of the judges for a series of strong entries across the writing categories. She won the Feature Writer of the Year award and was shortlisted in the Reporter of the Year category.”

Newspaper of the Year for the second time in succession was the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald. Chatterbox, which serves the Black Isle, was named Community Newspaper of the Year.

Neil Riddell, from the Shetland News agency, won Top Story of the Year, for his writing on difficulties faced by the airline Loganair. Top Shot of the Year was produced by Trevor Martin, an Inverness-based freelance photographer, for – adds the organisers – “capturing the joy on the face of Inverness Caledonian Thistle skipper, Graeme Shinnie, on lifting the Scottish Cup [men’s football] in 2015″.

The ball’s charity fundraising collected more than £3,500 for four charities: Highland Hospice, Inverness Women’s Aid, Highland Foodbank and Youth Highland.

The winners’ list reads:

Best Use of Gaelic

Calum MacLean, BBC Alba

Best Use of Digital Media

Shetland News

Young Journalist of the Year and the Alex Main Trophy

Ellie House, Inverness Courier

Sports Reporter of the Year

Will Clark, North of Scotland Newspapers

Photographer of the Year 

Gair Fraser, Scottish Provincial Press

Top Shot of the Year

Trevor Martin, freelance, Inverness

Reporter of the Year and the Jim Love Memorial Trophy

Ryan Taylor, Shetland Times

Top Story of the Year

Neil Riddell, Shetland News

Feature Writer of the Year

Moira Kerr, freelance

Community Newspaper of the Year 

Chatterbox, Black Isle

Newspaper of the Year

Strathspey and Badenoch Herald

Journalist of the Year

Moira Kerr, freelance

Barron Trophy for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism

Paul Breen, Inverness