Other winners included Newspaper of the Year, the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald, and Community Newspaper of the Year, which was retained by Am Pàipear, a newspaper serving the Uists in the Outer Hebrides.
The awards celebrates the press in an area stretching from Shetland to Argyll and Moray to the Outer Hebrides.
Gordon Fyfe, chairman of the awards’ judging panel, said: “Eilidh produced an excellent portfolio of news reports and features, all with a strong human interest element.
“She is a worthy winner and joins an elite group of writers and photographers to lift this coveted prize.”
The full list of winners was:
Best Use of Gaelic: Shona MacDonald, BBC Alba
Best Use of Digital Media: Am Pàipear, Uist
Photographer of the Year: Trevor Martin, freelance, Inverness
Top Shot of the Year: Willie Urquhart, West Highland Free Press
Young Journalist of the Year and the Alex Main Trophy: David Kerr, Press and Journal
Sports Reporter of the Year: Euan Paterson, Oban Times
Reporter of the Year and the Jim Love Memorial Trophy: Eilidh Davies, Highland News
Top Story of the Year: Jane Candlish, Press and Journal
Feature Writer of the Year: Jim Tait, Shetland Times
Community Newspaper of the Year: Am Pàipear, Uist
Newspaper of the Year: Strathspey and Badenoch Herald
Journalist of the Year: Eilidh Davies, Highland News
Barron Trophy for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism: Neil MacPhail, Press and Journal