The state finalists in the running for this year's Australian of the Year award have been announced ahead of January 25, when we find out the recipient.
A Paralympian, an Indigenous rights campaigner, and a doctor who helped rescue a group of boys from a flooded cave in Thailand are among the eight finalists for the 2019 Australian of the Year.
Chosen from a total of 32 nominees, they were all awarded Australian of the Year for their home state or territory late last year.
Each were recognised for their personal achievements and contribution to creating a better Australia.
But there can only be one national winner.
The recipient, picked by The National Australia Day Council Board, will be announced on Australia Day Eve in Canberra.
Here is a look at the finalists:
Kurt Fearnley - NSW
Kurt Fearnley, 37, is a powerful advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.
Born without a section of his spine, he has represented Australia in wheelchair-racing for 20 years and has won thirteen medals across five Paralympic games.
Named NSW Australian of the Year, Mr Fearnley now champions the rights of people with disability and advocates for greater access into communities and workplaces.
Mark Sullivan - Victoria
Mark Sullivan has been recognised for his work developing new sight-saving medicine moxidectin, which treats river blindness
Named Australian of the Year Victoria, his work as the founder and managing director of not-for-profit biopharmaceutical company Medicines Development for Global Health (MDGH) has helped prevent thousands of people living in sub Saharan Africa from going blind.
MDGH was the first Australian company to receive FDA approval for new drug moxidectin after years of fundraising, research and development.
Jon Rouse - Queensland
Named Australian of Year Queensland, Detective Inspector Jon Rouse has been recognised for his fight against child sexual exploitation in Australia.
Inspector Rouse has 34 years' service with Queensland Police. Since joining Task Force Argos in 2001, he has been dedicated to investigating crimes against children and targeting internet child sex offenders under Task Force Argos.
He is also responsible for implementing the Australian National Victim Image Library to assist police to identify victims.
Craig Challen - WA
In June 2018, respected cave diver Craig Challen was about to go on holiday, when he was asked to help rescue 12 boys and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand.
Mr Challen, who had dived some of Australia's deepest wrecks, was chosen for the mission based on his technical expertise.
Named Australian of the Year WA, Mr Challen received the Star of Courage for his bravery shown during the Thai Cave Rescue in which he repeatedly risked his life as the children were swum, one-by-one, through the dark and narrow flooded caves.
Dr Richard Harris SC - SA
Anaesthetist and cave-diver Dr Richard Harris made worldwide headlines when he joined an international rescue team, tasked with saving 12 boys and their soccer coach who had become trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand.
Under great pressure and putting his own life at risk, he swam through the narrow cave system to assess the health of the boys and administer an anaesthetic to each of them within the cave to facilitate their rescue.
Named Australian of the Year SA, Dr Harris is recognised for the character, determination and courage shown during the rescue operation.
Bernadette Black - Tasmania
After personally experiencing the stigma associated with teenage pregnancy, Bernadette (Bernie) Black founded Brave Foundation in 2009 - Australia's only national organisation representing parenting teens.
In this time, the foundation has helped thousands of teen mums connect to education and support opportunities.
Named Australian of the Year Tasmania, Ms Black has previously been awarded the Barnardos Australian Mother of the Year and Telstra Tasmanian Woman of the Year.
Virginia Haussegger AM - ACT
Journalist Virginia Haussegger, a former ABC newsreader, has been a leading advocate for women in Australia.
Focus on improving the representation of women in leadership roles, Ms Haussegger founded the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation in 2017.
Named Australian of the Year ACT, she is currently spearheading a program of research into national attitudes to gender equality and its impact on men and boys.
Darwin born, Michael Long played 190 games for Essendon and has used his voice as an AFL star to fight against racism in Australia,
The player's strong stand against an on-field taunt in 1995 led to the AFL adopting a racial abuse code
Named Australian of the Year NT, he continues to work with the Essendon Football Club and The Long Walk Foundation to increase awareness of Indigenous culture and history.