The Press and Journal, Aberdeen, has recruited Sean Wilton to join its team of 10 photographers.
Wilton joins from the Bolton Evening News, where he spent five years, four as a senior photographer.
His work in Bolton won him a commendation in this year’s Newsquest Awards in the daily photographer of the year category.
Press and Journal picture editor Joanna Fraser said: “Sean’s CV and the images he submitted at interview were outstanding and his enthusiasm for the job impressed me enormously.
“I’m sure he will be a valuable member of our team , which provides comprehensive photographic coverage in the north and north-east of Scotland.”