Young snappers can cash in

A £50 cash prize is up for grabs for the winner of this year’s Alastair Watson Memorial Award.

The award, for a photograph by a primary school pupil, was launched in Alastair’s memory last year by colleagues of the Borders photographer, who died in 2013.

Alastair, who was 60 and lived in Coldstream, worked for the Tweeddale Press Group, publishers of The Southern Reporter and Berwickshire News, for almost four decades. He was head of the Tweeddale Press Group branch of the National Union of Journalists at the time of his death from cancer.

Covering Borders common ridings and festivals was a major part of his work and colleagues felt this topic should be the subject of the award, which is aimed at recognising the work of young photographers.

It is open to anyone who was at primary school at the end of summer term this year and who lives in the Borders.

Entries (one photograph per entrant), including caption, should be of a 2015 common riding or festival activity and emailed, in Jpeg format, to watsonaward@jpress.co.uk no later than September 25. The entrant’s name, full address, contact telephone number and date of birth must also be submitted.

Entries will be judged by a panel of Borders-based union members and Alastair’s wife, Meg.

As well as the cash prize, the winner gets the award trophy to keep for a year.