Franz Ferdinand and Mogwai are among the 20 acts on the long-list for a prestigious music award, with the winner to be announced in Renfrewshire next month.

This year's Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) award will be presented during a glittering ceremony at Paisley Town Hallon on Thursday, September 6.

Hailed as the Scottish alternative to the Mercury Prize, the winning artist claims £20,000, while nine runners-up each get £10,000.

Franz Ferdinand have been recognised for their album Always Ascending, while Mogwai are nominated for Every Country's Sun.

Other acts on the list include Young Fathers, Neon Waltz and Adam Holmes and The Embers.

The long-list will be whittled down to a shortlist of 10 albums – one chosen by fans via a 72-hour online vote and the other nine chosen by a panel of independent judges – which will be revealed on Thursday, August 23.

Sacred Paws won the 2017 prize for their album Strike a Match.

Robert Kilpatrick, general manager of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), said: "This year's long-list celebrates another 20 incredibly strong, diverse and important contemporary Scottish records.

"On behalf of the Scottish Music Industry Association, I'd like to congratulate all of this year's long-listed artists on fantastic album releases."

The full long list is Adam Holmes and The Embers, for Midnight Milk; BABE, for Kiss & Tell; Best Girl Athlete, for Best Girl Athlete; Blue Rose Code, for The Water of Leith; Catholic Action, for In Memory Of; Chris Stout and Catriona McKay, for Bare Knuckle; Elephant Sessions, for All We Have Is Now; Franz Ferdinand, for Always Ascending; Golden Teacher, for No Luscious Life; Happy Meals (now known as Free Love), for Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony (Volumes IV - VI); Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy, for A Pocket Of Wind Resistance; Kobi Onyame, for Gold; Martha Ffion, for Sunday Best; Mogwai, for Every Country's Sun; Neon Waltz, for Strange Hymns; Out Lines, for Conflats; Pronto Mama, for Any Joy; Siobhan Wilson, for There Are No Saints; The Spook School, for Could It Be Different; and Young Fathers, for Cocoa Sugar.