There has been laughter, tears and much deliberation, but we've managed to shortlist five special candidates in each category. 

Now we turn to you, the education community, to vote for your favourites. 

Voting for all categories is open now, and closes at 17:00 AEST on December 11, 2017.

Vote for your favourite leader

Vote for your favourite teacher

Vote for your favourite support staff member

Vote for your favourite educator in the area of technology

Vote for your favourite educator in the area of music