An investigative journalist from Kemnay has been chosen for a graduate of the year 2019 award from the University of Stirling.
Dale McEwan, 33, was given the award for his documentary Stolen Vision, which exposed the life-changing consequences of counterfeit medicine in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Fake medicine blinded a number of patients and they had their eyes removed.
Dale was also selected for investigating the exploitation of young video journalists across the UK.
Private Eye magazine and the National Union of Journalists are among those who have published McEwan’s reports.
His mum, Nancy McEwan, nominated him for the award, which is given to graduates from any year who have made a difference and excelled in their career.
Dale, who went to Kemnay Academy, graduated from Stirling in 2009 with a first classification degree in journalism studies.
He said: “I’m extremely honoured. This award goes to everyone whose eyes were removed because of counterfeit medicine, and to those journalists who were exploited just for doing the job they loved.
“The University gave me some of the best years of my life. I grew up in a council house and was the first person in my family to attend university.
“I just want to show that the university experience is open to everyone, regardless of your background.
“None of it would have been possible without my mum, Nancy, who has always supported me.”