Awards 2017

Published on October 10th, 2017 | by DG Life


Last chance to nominate!

For a region which has so much to shout about out; so many claims to fame, so many reasons to live here or to visit, what makes Dumfries & Galloway the truly special, warm, vibrant place it is, are its people.

We are blessed with big-hearted folk who do their best for their communities, and those who strive for excellence in the fields of business and enterprise, food and drink, sports, culture and tourism.

This month we are delighted to launch our 2017 Dumfries & Galloway Life Awards – “a colourful celebration of the vibrancy and worth of the people of the region and one of the major events on the regional calendar” – which return for their eight year.


Volunteer of the Year
For people of all ages who dedicate their time, skills and passion to a voluntary cause or group.

Voluntary Group/Charity
For voluntary or charitable groups dedicated to making a difference to life in Dumfries & Galloway.

Community Project
For projects and initiatives which make a difference to improving life in a community. Schemes could be charitable, public or private sector, or a partnership. Entries should be about a specific project rather than the general ongoing work of an organisation.

Community Champion
For individuals who make an exceptional contribution to their local community. This could be voluntary or charitable, but also in a paid private or public sector role, or as an elected community representative.

Environment Champion
Sponsored by University of Glasgow For individuals who are passionate about safeguarding and improving the environment, in a voluntary, paid, elected or educational role.


Restaurant of the Year
For restaurants, hotel restaurants, dining pubs, casual dining spots and café bars that serve hot food for a formal or informal lunch or evening meal.

Café of the Year
For cafés, tea shops, coffee shops, café bars, galleries and shops, that serve hot and cold drinks, cakes, snacks, light bites and a more limited range of hot meals.

Producer of the Year
For producers of food and drink from Dumfries & Galloway, or D&G-based suppliers/manufacturers of value-added products.


Visual Artist/Maker of the Year
For visual artists or makers in any discipline based in, or working in, Dumfries & Galloway.

Performing Artist of the Year
For performing artists in any medium, based in, or working, in Dumfries & Galloway.

Culture Champion
Sponsored by Easterbrook Hall
For creative artists, and workers in creative, cultural or leisure businesses or organisations.

Sports Person of the Year
Sponsored by Drew Low
For individual achievement in any sport at local, regional or national level.


Business Person of the Year
For business leaders, entrepreneurs, small and medium business owners, and senior managers in an entrepreneurial role in their company.

Young Entrepreneur
Recognising the achievements of young people in business. They could have started their own business or have taken up key entrepreneurial roles within a family business or
other business, or have found success in school enterprise schemes. Entrants or nominees must be 30 or under on December 31, 2017.

Tourism Champion
Sponsored by Roucan Loch
For success in a tourism business that puts Dumfries & Galloway on the map, and/or contribution and dedication to promoting the tourism sector and the region.

Independent Retailer
For independently owned retailers in Dumfries & Galloway in any sector, which are not part of a national chain or franchise.


Dumfries & Galloway Life Special Award
Chosen by the judges from all the shortlisted finalists for a nominee who deserves special recognition.

2017 Outstanding Contribution to Dumfries & Galloway
Sponsored by SP Energy Networks
The top award is chosen from the category winners for their outstanding contribution to life in Dumfries & Galloway in 2017.

To nominate someone for the 2017 Dumfries & Galloway Life Awards,
or to enter your organisation, please complete the online form below


For a printed form to complete call Carrie Buchanan on 01228 612740.

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Wednesday, October 18.

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