Entries sought for Alastair's award

Entries for the 2016 Alastair Watson Memorial Award are being sought.

Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 8:27 am

The trophy, for a photograph by a primary school pupil, was launched in Alastair’s memory 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, 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 at 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 2016 common riding or festival activity and emailed, in Jpeg format, to [email protected] no later than September 1. 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.

As well as the award trophy to keep for a year, there will be a £50 cash prize for the winner.