Media Release: Shortlist revealed for Highlands and Islands Media Awards

THE highly-anticipated shortlist for the Highlands and Islands Media Awards is revealed today.

The awards attracted 134 entries across the 11 categories, reflecting the wealth of talent across the Highlands and Islands.

The Media Awards are this year sponsored by Diageo, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Fujitsu.

Winners will be announced at the 2014 Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards, to be held on Friday, 7 February, 2014 at the New Drumossie Hotel, Inverness. Tickets for the night sold out in record time and organisers are now operating a waiting list.

One award already decided is the The Barron Trophy, which recognises lifetime achievement.

The Barron Trophy – recognising lifetime achievement in journalism in the Highlands and Islands.

Awarded to the family of Clive Dennier, the popular Highland newspaper reporter – latterly of the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald – who died as the result of a hill walking accident earlier this year

Shortlist (names in alphabetical order):

Young Journalist of the Year and the Alex Main Trophy:
Jamie Durent, Inverness Courier;
Nick Humphreys, Highland News;
Alistair Walker, Fios.

Sports Reporter of the Year:
Ian Johnston, Orcadian;
Keith MacKenzie, West Highland Free Press;
Chris Saunderson, Northern Scot.

Photographer of the Year:
Gary Anthony, Scottish Provincial Press;
Iain Ferguson, Freelance, Fort William;
Andrew Smith, Scottish Provincial Press.

Top Shot of the Year:
Ken Amer, Freelance, Orkney;
Gary Anthony, Scottish Provincial Press;
James Gunn, Freelance, Caithness.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig Award:
Monster FM;
Andreas Wolff, freelance, Argyll.

Best Use of Digital Media:
North of Scotland Newspapers;
Shetland News;
Stornoway Gazette.

Reporter of the Year and Jim Love Memorial Award:
Jenna Conti, Highland News;
Kaye Nicolson, Press and Journal;
Ryan Taylor, Shetland Times.

Top Story of the Year:
Helen Aird, Inverness Courier;
Jane Candlish, Press and Journal;
Roger Hutchinson, West Highland Free Press.

Feature Writer of the Year:
Euan Paterson, Oban Times;
Keith MacKenzie, West Highland Free Press;
Catriona MacPhee, Press and Journal.

Community Newspaper of the Year:
Am Paipear, the Uists;
Ileach, Islay and Jura;
The Nethy, Nethy Bridge.

Newspaper of the Year:

Island News and Advertiser;
Shetland Times;
Stornoway Gazette.

The Classic Malts Journalist of the Year:
Sponsored by Diageo.
To be announced on the night.


Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards

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