Youth photography competition in third year.

Alastair Watson 5th March, 2013.
Alastair Watson 5th March, 2013.

With Common Riding season now well under way picture entries are being sought for this year’s Alastair Watson Memorial Award.

The annual photography competition is now in its third year with previous winners from Coldstream and Galashiels. The contest was launched by colleagues of Borders photographer Alastair Watson who died in 2013. Alastair lived in Coldstream and worked for the Tweeddale Press Group for almost four decades. Covering border common ridings and festivals was a major part of Alastair’s work and colleagues felt this would be a suitable topic to be the subject of a competition aimed at recognising young photographers.

Entries should be a photograph, with accompanying caption, that features a common riding or summer festival activity. One photograph per entrant should be emailed to before the closing date of September 1.

Make sure to include the entrant’s full name, address, date of birth, and contact telephone details for a parent or guardian.

Entries will be judged by a panel of Borders-based NUJ members with the winner being awarded a £50 cash prize as well as the trophy to keep for the year.