This year, Scottish Provincial Press, publishers of The Inverness Courier, Strathspey & Badenoch Herald, Ross-shire Journal, The Northern Times and John O'Groat Journal, launches its very first Highland Heroes Awards.
Highland Heroes is an award scheme recognising the people in the Highlands who make a real difference to our communities, healthcare, education, safety and wellbeing.
Nominations are now open for this year's awards with a deadline for entries of Monday, September 11.
There are a total of 12 categories for nomination.
Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Loganair
An individual who goes out of their way to help others and who has made a significant contribution to their community.
Secondary Teacher of the Year
A secondary school teacher who inspires pupils, helping them to achieve their full academic potential.
Primary Teacher of the Year
A primary school teacher who has made a significant difference to the learning experience of pupils.
Classroom Assistant of the Year
A classroom assistant who has made a huge difference in their school, contributing to the teaching, learning and support of the children in their care.
Emergency Services Hero of the Year
An outstanding member of the emergency services who has gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Healthcare Professional of the Year sponsored by Planit Scotland
An individual within the healthcare sector who has provided a service above and beyond the call of duty, improving or making an impact on the quality of life of another.
Charity Fundraiser of the Year sponsored by Macleod Roofing Ltd
An individual who devotes his or her time and effort for inspirational charity work.
Brave Child of the Year sponsored by Macleod & MacCallum
A child who has overcome extreme adversity or shown exceptional courage or bravery in their life.
Secondary Pupil of the Year sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce
A secondary school pupil who has achieved something beyond expectations in education, sport or helping others at school.
Good Neighbour of the Year sponsored by SSE
Someone who has gone the extra mile to be a kind, considerate and helpful neighbour.
Primary Pupil of the Year
A primary school pupil who has achieved something beyond expectations in education, sport or helping others at school.
Volunteer of the Year
An individual who has been exceptional in volunteering their time and talents to help others.
How to nominate
Complete the attached pdf (below) and send it to:
Scottish Provincial Press
New Century House
Or email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations can also be made online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HighlandHeroes