This year's Isle of Man Newspapers' Awards for Excellence have been launched alongside an appeal to raise £30,000 for one of the island's hardest-working charities.
Trudi Williamson, deputy chairman of Isle of Man Newspapers announced at the launch event, which took place at The Claremont, that the chosen charity is Crossroads Care which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Mrs Williamson said: 'This is the 13th year of the Awards for Excellence and we will be working with Crossroads in the run up to the Awards Night in November. As it is their 30th anniversary we have set a target to raise £30,000.
'We will be promoting and holding lots of events at the newspaper and we want to encourage our sponsors and other businesses in the island to hold small events such as dress down days in their offices to benefit the Awards for Excellence Appeal for Crossroads.'
Mrs Williamson went on: 'The theme for this year's Awards will be Year of our Island, tying in with the government's campaign to raise awareness and appreciation of this special place where we live. We will be concentrating especially on the island's rich heritage and cultural life.'
There is a new award category for this year, Commitment to the Environment & Sustainability.
Entry forms for all sixteen award categories are now available to download with opportunities for individuals, businesses of all sizes, public sector teams and charitable and cultural organisations.
Mrs Williamson said: 'We would encourage everyone to take a look at the full list of award categories and make this year the year you enter.
'There are so many unsung achievements in the island, in business, charity and the public sector team. Every year entries come before the judges from businesses doing great things but which are still very much under the radar.
'This is a great way to raise the profile of your achievements, especially if you are one of the finalists on the night and even better if you win.'