Media outlets and journalists from across the Highlands and Islands are celebrating with the announcement of the results of the Highlands and Islands Media Awards 2014.
The winners were revealed on Friday 7 Feb at the Highlands and Islands Press Ball at the New Drumossie Hotel, Inverness.
Held annually, the awards recognise excellence in journalism from writers, photographers and editors and celebrate the wide range of newspapers, broadcast media and online news services which keep the region informed.
This year the Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards is sponsored principally by Diageo with additional support for the Media Awards from Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Fujitsu. BT Scotland and Chivas Brothers have continued to support the Press Ball. Lucid PR, Events and Marketing have organised the event for a third year.
Media professionals and outlets from across the length and breadth of the region featured in the short list.
The Highlands and Islands Press Ball in its current form was started by John Ross in 1989. A previous event had been running for many years in Inverness, but its latest incarnation extended the event to include the Northern and Western Isles, Argyll and Moray as well as the Highland mainland.
Now celebrating its 26th year, the Press Ball brings together colleagues from Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides, Caithness, Sutherland, Ross-shire, Inverness, Nairn, Moray, Strathspey, Lochaber, Argyll and Skye, as well as from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and beyond.
The Highlands and Islands Press Ball is a charity event. This year, around £3000 was raised which will be shared by:
Scottish Mountain Rescue
During 2013 the Highland and Islands media community lost one of its most popular and respected journalists, Clive Dennier, who died as the result of a hill walking accident. It was agreed to present the Barron Trophy to Clive posthumously in recognition of the contribution he made over his lifetime to journalism.