Edinburgh’s Chris Paterson has scooped a top award, coming out on top in the sports category of the 2010 Spirit of Scotland Awards.
The unique awards give the public the opportunity to vote for the Scots who aim to exceed all expectations in their chosen field.
The 32-year-old become the first Scottish player to reach 100-caps back in February and was honoured at a ceremony at the Mansfield Traquair venue in the capital on Thursday night.
"I'm very much a team player, so it's quite humbling to be recognised in this way,” said Paterson after picking up the award.
"I was really honoured just to receive a nomination, so to win the award was something really special.
"I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me, and the organisers of the event for what was a wonderful evening."
Paterson returned from International duty to line-up for Edinburgh in the Magners League as they faced Champions the Ospreys at the weekend.
Edinburgh went down 33-16 to the Welsh side and now face a fortnight of European rugby before returning to the Magners League for a festive period derby against Glasgow Warriors on Monday December 27.