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Journalist wins five nominations ahead of annual awards

Mark HarcusA journalist is set to compete for five separate honours at an annual journalism awards.

Mark Harcus, who works for Orkney title The Orcadian, has been shortlisted across five categories ahead of this year’s Highlands and Islands Media Awards.

Mark, pictured, is up for Business Writer of the Year, Environment and Sustainability Writer of the Year, Sport Writer of the Year and Reporter of the Year at this year’s awards.

In total The Orcadian has received seven nominations in total, while Aberdeen-based daily the Press & Journal appears the same number of times on the shortlist.

The Shetland Times, Strathspey and Badenoch Herald and West Highland Free Press will vie for the Newspaper of the Year crown.

The winners will be revealed at the annual Highlands and Islands Press Ball, which will be held at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, on Friday 3 February.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Gaelic Writer of the Year
Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul, West Highland Free Press
Donald Pollock, BBC

Photographer of the Year
Paul Campbell, Freelance, Inverness
Beth Taylor, Highland News and Media
Malcolm Younger, Freelance, Shetland

Business Writer of the Year
Mark Harcus, Orcadian
Peter Ranscombe, Freelance (contributing to Press & Journal)
Simon Warburton, Press & Journal

Environment and Sustainability Writer of the Year
Ethan Flett, Orcadian
Mark Harcus, Orcadian
Donna McAllister, Press & Journal

Sport Writer of the Year
Craig Christie, Highland News and Media, Elgin
Mark Harcus, Orcadian
Andy Skinner, Press & Journal

Young Reporter of the Year and Alex Main Trophy
Ethan Flett, Orcadian
Chloe Irvine, Press & Journal
Sean McAngus, Press & Journal

Reporter of the Year and Jim Love Memorial Trophy
Rita Campbell, Press & Journal
Stuart Findlay, Press & Journal
Mark Harcus, Orcadian
Iain MacInnes, BBC

Feature Writer of the Year
Mark Harcus, Orcadian
Andrew Henderson, Highland News and Media
Brian Wilson, Stornoway Gazette

Community Newspaper of the Year
Black Isle Chatterbox
Loch a Tuath News
West Word

Newspaper of the Year
Shetland Times
Strathspey and Badenoch Herald
West Highland Free Press