The 20th annual Heywire competition is now open. Share your story about life on Kangaroo Island for the chance to win a spot at the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra.

Go Heywire!: Share your story about life and experiences on Kangaroo Island. Photo: Supplied.

Go Heywire!: Share your story about life and experiences on Kangaroo Island. Photo: Supplied.

The 20th annual Heywire competition is now open, calling on people aged 16-22 to share a story about life in regional Australia for the chance to win a spot at the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra.

Why not tell the nation about an aspect of life from Kangaroo Island? It can be in any format including writing, video, photos or audio.

40 winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the Heywire Summit, whether it's revitalising agricultural communities, raising awareness of youth mental health issues, or running events that celebrate diversity in regional Australia.

ABC’s Regional Director, Fiona Reynolds, says that the Heywire competition provides a unique opportunity for young people to make a difference.

“Heywire is a powerful way for young people to be heard across the nation – through the ABC and in Canberra.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said regional communities underpin our national identity and the Australian way of life. The strength of that contribution is matched only by the diversity of the people who make it.

“Most Australians know that to be true, but not the reasons why.

“If you’re young and from a rural area such as Kangaroo Island, you can change all that.

“Tell your story. It matters, and it’s one we can all be proud of.”

Enter via the Heywire website: abc.net.au/heywire.

The competition closes on September 16 2017.

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