Tributes have been paid to a 24-year-old man who died following a two-car crash.
Iain McKenzie, who was known as Jock, died in the incident on the B9015 Rothes to Mosstodloch road at Orton, at around 4.45pm on Friday.
The passenger in his black Subaru Forester, a 27-year-old man, is in a critical condition in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
A 36-year-old man, who was driving a gold Volkswagen Golf, was treated at the scene for minor injuries and a 45-year-old man, who was in the same vehicle, is being treated at Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin for minor injuries.
Mr McKenzie’s cousin described him as a “very popular” guy, who was well-known in the North-east motocross circuit – regularly taking part in races at the track in Rhynie.
Mike Grant, who is also chairman of the Aberdeen and District Motocross Club, said: “He was a very, very popular guy and was really nice. Nobody would bear him a grudge.
“His whole family were popular in the pits. He was a really good rider as well.”
Councillor Marc Macrae, who represents Fochabers and Lhanbryde, spoke of his shock following the death of Mr McKenzie, who was from the Keith area.
He said: “It is always tragic when anyone dies, particularly in such terrible circumstances. My thoughts go out to the family and friends of the victims of the crash.
“We have not had a bad winter for quite a number of years and this can catch people unaware, so I would urge people to be careful on the roads.”
Speyside Glenlivet Councillor Derek Ross added: “I am incredibly sad for him and for his family.”
Sergeant Scott Deans, of the road policing department, urged anyone with information on the incident to come forward.
He said: “Our thoughts at this sad time are with the families of those involved in this collision.
“We have spoken to several witnesses but would still like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw either vehicle.
“We would also like to hear from anyone who saw a black Subaru Forester or a dark-coloured Volkswagen Golf being driven on the A95 or the B9103 between Keith and Orton about 4.30pm that day.”