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Two local winners at regional media awards

BBC Shetland's Jane Moncrieff and photographer Malcolm Younger enjoying the media ball in Inverness on Friday night.BBC Shetland’s Jane Moncrieff and photographer Malcolm Younger enjoying the media ball in Inverness on Friday night.

REPRESENTATIVES of the local media have again been recognised for the quality of their work at this year’s Highlands and Islands Media Awards, which was held in Inverness on Friday night.

Freelance photographer and owner of the ii Shetland magazine, Malcolm Younger, was named Photographer of the Year.

Meanwhile, a joint entry from Jane Moncrieff of BBC Radio Shetland as well as David Delday and Robbie Fraser of Radio Orkney won the Sport Reporter of the Year category for their week-long coverage of the Natwest Island Games held in Gotland, Sweden, in June last year.

Moncrieff said she was “surprised and delighted” to have been recognised for her work and stressed that the coverage had been a team effort, “not just by those of us broadcasting from the Island Games but the team back home that helped getting us on air”.

“The way we report has changed so much in recent years. Now, with social media as well as broadcasting you are required to take photos, peerie videos, and get them online as soon as possible; very challenging but also great fun.

“So it is fantastic for Radio Shetland and Radio Orkney to be recognised by our peers at these prestigious awards”.

Younger said he was humbled and delighted to have been recognised for his work on this level.

“Many thanks to all who have sent messages of congratulations. My passion is photography and I’m delighted,” he said.

The 57-year old’s entry of six photos covered a wide range of topics from the Walls show to Viking fire festivals, and it is published below.

Cobbler, farrier, tailor. Bruce Wilcock, Hillswick.

Good times for happy people. A Let’s Circus performer at the Peerie Spang at Mareel, during their Shetland tour.

Warrior. The sea crashes behind a viking from Up Helly Aa 2017.