WHO should be crowned woman of the year?

The hunt is on for the Eve ning Times Scotswoman of the Year.

We want to hear your suggestions - who impressed you in 2018?

And for the first time in the event’s 56-year history, in addition to the main award, we will also be crowning a Young Scotswoman of the Year.

In a bid to secure the legacy of our wonderful event, this exciting new accolade is open to girls and young women aged between 12 and 21.

The Young Scotswoman of the Year will be an inspirational individual who has already made a fantastic contribution to Scottish society, helping others, perhaps even overcoming personal challenges along the way.

For both awards, we want to hear about the amazing women you have encountered over the last 12 months.

Scottish women have dominated the headlines this year.

Corinne Hutton, from Lochwinnoch, became the first female quadruple amputee to climb Kilimanjaro; Alice Thompson, co-founder of Social Bite, continued to drive forward the charity, which supports homeless people; and Edinburgh’s Grace Reid won Scotland’s first ever medal for women’s diving at a Commonwealth Games, and the first Scottish diving gold for 60 years at the Gold Coast in the summer.

Scotswomen of all ages continued to dominate in politics, from Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister to Mhairi Black MP, the youngest member of the House of Commons, and in the arts, where Maureen Beattie became only the second woman to be President of Equity, and singers Annie Lennox and Susan Boyle were inducted into the Scottish Music Hall of Fame.

Young women making a difference last year included Jenny Cook, 14, from East Kilbride, who has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity in her fight against IBD, and Hannah Moncur, 14, the wheelchair basketball athlete and TV actress.

Nominate your SWOTY or YoungSWOTY of 2018 by the closing date of Thursday, January 24, at 5pm.

You can email swoty@eveningtimes.co.uk or place your nomination on the website http://newsquestscotlandevents.com/events/scotswoman-of-the-year-awards/

Call 0141 302 6019 for more information.

The winner will be announced in March at the Grand Central Hotel.