The Scottish Game Awards – which highlights the fantastic contribution of sporting estates, game dealers, gamekeepers and ghillies in delivering for people, jobs and nature – have been launched for 2024.

The new awards are a collaboration between Scottish Land & Estates (SLaE), GWCT Scotland and Scotland's Regional Moorland Groups (SRMGs).

Nominations are now open across four categories:

• Game Champion of the Year

• Conservation and Sustainability in Sporting Award (sponsored by Calton Wealth Management)

• Gamekeeping Team of the Year (sponsored by Officers’ Association Scotland)

• Fishing Beat of the Year

The closing date for nominations is Monday, May 13, with the winners to be announced at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair on Saturday 6 July.

The three organisations said it was vital to publicly recognise the outstanding work that takes place across Scotland’s country sports sector.

Director of moorland at Scottish Land & Estates, Ross Ewing, said: “We are delighted to be launching The Scottish Game Awards which seek to champion and tell the story of estates, teams and individuals who are going the extra mile in the country sports sector. The social, economic, environment and nature rewards which flow from country sports are vast and bring benefits to everyone, not just fishing, stalking or shooting enthusiasts.”

Director Scotland at GWCT Scotland, Rory Kennedy, said: “There is a strong commitment to conservation and sustainability from Scotland’s estate owners, land managers, gamekeepers and ghillies and this results in a rich array of flora and fauna thriving on hills, moorland and waterways. By acknowledging this contribution through these new awards we can encourage others to go the extra mile as well.”

National coordinator of Scotland’s regional moorland groups, Mark Ewart, said: “Gamekeepers and land managers, and the estates that they work on, are the backbone of many rural communities - something that is well recognised at a local level but perhaps less widely understood. These awards will recognise those who go above and beyond and we’re extremely pleased to be supporting them.”

Full details on how to nominate, and the full criteria for each category, are available at