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Sunday Mail picture wins No.1 award.

THIS is the heart-rending Sunday Mail picture which scooped two top awards for a young photographer.

It portrays the agony of parents Sarah Smith and Gordon Clelland, who spoke movingly to us about the death of their baby daughter Britney.

The picture earned Graeme Robertson the Young Photographer of the Year title at the Bell's Scottish Photography Awards this week for the second successive year.

Graeme, 22, whose proud dad is Sunday Mail picture editor David Robertson, was presented with the award in Glasgow on Thursday night. He also walked off with an award for best news picture.

His entry included attention-grabbing pictures of Prince Charles and Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy.

But judges were most moved by this photograph, taken at the funeral of baby Britney who died in Ninewells Hospital, in Dundee, last year.

The eight-month-old baby lost her fight for life last July after three weeks of tests and treatment at the hospital failed to diagnose meningitis.

Graeme, originally from Falkirk, attended West Lothian College in Bathgate, where he gained an HND in photo journalism.

He has worked with the Dundee-based Alan Richardson Agency for three years. Graeme said: "It was a very moving picture and a very sad story. I just hope that I was able to do a good job for the couple.

"I was delighted to win the awards, as it is a great honour."
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