Festivals focus is in memory of Alastair

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

The trophy, for a photograph by a primary school pupil, was launched in his memory by National Union of Journalists colleagues.

Alastair, who was 60 and lived in Coldstream, died in 2013. He worked as a photographer for the Berwickshire News and Southern Reporter for almost four decades. 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. It is open to anyone who was at primary school by the end of summer term this year and 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 watsonaward@jpress.co.uk no later than September 1. The entrant’s name, full address, contact phone 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.