Award entries sought from young photographers

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Colleagues of Borders photographer Alastair Watson, who died in October, have launched an award in his memory.

And entries are being sought from young, local photographers of primary school age.

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 leader of the Tweeddale Press Group section of the National Union of Journalists at the time of his death from cancer.

Covering common ridings and festivals was a major part of his work and colleagues felt this topic should be the subject of the Alastair Watson Memorial Award, aimed at recognising the work of young photographers.

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

Entries (one photograph per entrant), including caption, should be of a 2014 common riding or festival activity and emailed, in jpeg format (of around 1MB), to no later than Thursday, August 14. The entrant’s name, full address, contact telephone number and date of birth must also be submitted.

Judges are Tweeddale Press Group staff photographers Kimberley Powell and Stuart Cobley, and Alastair’s wife, Meg.

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