We need your help to find winners for this year’s Country Life Awards. We are looking for the people who have made a difference in our world, but whose contribution is often overlooked.

This is your chance to champion country people who make us proud. We are delighted that Waitrose has agreed to sponsor our awards for 2009. Now, we need your help to find the winners. They may be people or groups who have already received acclamation in your local area or it may be that very few yet know of their achievements. If you know of, live near or have heard about a likely candidate for any of the categories please let us know: this is your chance to champion country people who make us proud.

By recognising those individuals, organisations and businesses that shape Britain’s rural communities, these inaugural Awards will honour the people and places that ensure our countryside remains vibrant

Mark Price, Managing Director, Waitrose (www.waitrose.com).

The categories

Country person of the year
Someone who has made a real difference to wildlife, agriculture, environment or craft either locally or nationally

Country house of the year
Sympathetic restoration, careful stewardship and heritage protection will all be rewarded. The winner could be one of the great houses, a castle or a simple cottage that can be both private or open to the public

Country garden of the year
This could be a large historic garden, or even an allotment and will recognise lifetime achievements as well as recent innovations

Country event of the year
This includes fetes, county shows, festivals and more idiosyncratic occasions such as ploughing competitions, pancake races or cheese rolling

Country pub of the year
This would reward hostelries that bring the community together, provide good locally-sourced food and have learnt how to flourish in difficult times

Country campaigner of the year

This could be an individual or group who have made a dramatic difference in the world of country life

Rural enterprise of the year
This includes entrepreneurs, local businesses, farms and retailers, particularly those who provide specialist services and products such as rare breeds.

To enter please email alice_cooke@ipcmedia.com with your name, address, email, telephone number and your nomination(s) and briefly why you think they deserve an award.

Terms and conditions: IPC Media Ltd, publishers of Country Life will collect your personal information, solely to process your nomination. In doing so, IPC Media Ltd may need to contact you by mail, phone or email with regards to the details of your nomination. A shortlist is compiled by Country Life and the winner for each category will be picked from there by the judges. All nominations should reach this office by July 30, 2009.