The Press and Journal (Aberdeen)'s farming editor Joe Watson has died aged 43.
Watson joined the paper in 1989 as a news reporter for the Banff area. He left his position in 1994 but returned two years later to become farming editor.
During his career, Watson was named regional newspaper agricultural editor of the year three times as well as being awarded for his work for the Press and Journal's farming supplement.
Damian Bates, editor-in-chief of The Press and Journal said: "He was not only a brilliant journalist who travelled all over Scotland, the UK and Europe to cover farming matters, but he was also a great friend to us all and a really important part of the P&J family."