Orkney Today has been named the top newspaper at the annual Highland and Islands Media Awards.
The judging panel praised the weekly for its good layout and all round coverage of news, features and sports.
Today’s editor Catherine Turnbull will receive a cheque for £500, to be donated to a charity of the newspaper’s choosing, at the awards ceremony in Nairn on 5 February.
The West Highland Free Press recorded three successes as Willie Urquhart took photographer of the year, Keith Mackenzie was named best sportswriter and Alasdair Campbell was highly commended in the Gaelic category.
The recognition comes just months after workers at the Free Press took the bold step of buying out the paper’s previous owners, making it, what is believed to be, the only staff-owned title in the UK.
The awards attract prize money of £2,300 and the top prize of journalist of the year will be revealed at ball next month.
The full list of winners is:
Award for Best Gaelic Entry
Winner: Andreas Wolff, BBC Alba
Highly Commended: Alasdair Campbell, West Highland Free Press
Best Use of Journalism on the Web
Winner: Steven Mckenzie, BBC
Local Newspaper Photographer of the Year
Photographer of the Year
Winner: Willie Urquhart, West Highland Free Press
Highly Commended: Trevor Martin, freelance, Inverness
Young Journalist of the Year
Winner: Fiona Miller, Moray Firth Radio
Highly Commended: Jenny Morrison, Inverness Courier
Sportswriter of the Year
Winner: Keith Mackenzie, West Highland Free Press
Highly Commended: Eric Mackinnon, Stornoway Gazette
Local Reporter of the Year
Winner: Andy Dixon, Inverness Courier
Highly Commended: Gavin Musgrove, Strathspey and Badenoch Herald
Reporter of the Year
Winner: Louise Lee, ObanTimes
Highly Commended: Donald Wilson, Highland News
Feature Writer of the Year
Winner: Aileen MacNicol, Dunoon Observer
Highly Commended: Lorraine Shearer, Orcadian
Community Newspaper of the Year
Am Paipear, Benbecula
Newspaper of the Year