A new initiative has been launched by young people in Moray in order to try and make their voice heard.
More than 40 people aged between 11 and 25 have put themselves forward for an election to be part of Moray Youth Voice.
Prospective candidates presented manifestos at an event in Elgin and demonstrated their passion for issues they face in the region.
Priorities identified included young carers, disabilities, life in armed forces families and experiences for those who do not consider themselves heterosexual.
Fiona Herd, Moray Council’s young engagement team lead, said: “Our young people told us through they didn’t feel they had any influence or control in issues that affect them.
“It was clear they need a mechanism to have their voice heard and actively participate in democracy and social change.
“The day itself was incredibly inspiring with so many fantastic presentations from young people who were so passionate and articulate about the things that matter to them, and how they can make a change.
“It was a great privilege to be part of the day and we all look forward to working alongside Moray Youth Voice to make positive changes for young people.”
Moray Youth Voice will be officially launched at an event to held in the Scottish Parliament early next year.