Today, 12 December, 36 young regional Australians aged 16 to 22 were announced as winners of the annual ABC Heywire storytelling competition.
Heywire encourages young people to tell stories about their life outside the major cities in text, photo, video or audio format.
This year the winners consisted of young wildlife carers, country fire cadets and shearers all giving a window into the diverse experiences of young people in regional Australia, and painted a picture of hope and resilience.
The young winners will work with ABC staff to produce their story to be featured on ABC Radio and abc.net.au.
Heywire stories are renowned for their honesty and for giving us a window on the lives of young people in regional Australia.
This year the stories grappled with topics such as sexuality, body image and culture.