The annual Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards took place in Inverness on 2 February 2018 at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness.   It is the biggest event of the year for the Highlands and Islands media industry – with all the TV, radio and print journalists gathered for a glitzy evening. Awards are made for the Journalist of the Year and ten other categories including Press Photographer of the Year.

One of the awards is for community newspapers. The Stratherrick and Foyers NEWS  made the shortlist this year.  STRATHNEWS  was up against our neighbours at the Strathnairn News and West Word, the community newspaper which covers Arisaig, Mallaig and the Small Isles.

West Word carried off the trophy this year, so congratulations to them!