This time next week, everyone around Australia will celebrate Australia Day, while South Bank will host a special Australia Day festival featuring an art installation from the Thank You Australia campaign.

In Australia we have a lot to be thankful for – great weather, friendly people, freedom, beautiful beaches – we truly are the lucky country.

Australia Day not only gives us Aussie’s a public holiday, but a chance to reflect on the amazing opportunities and living standards Australia offers.

The Thank You Australia Campaign began late last year, and invites people to create, and send in, their own unique ‘Thank You Australia’ messages by combining portrait photos of themselves with their own words of gratitude.

The images above are just a selection of many photos that have been submitted to the Thank You Australia Campaign. You can view more Thank You Australia images at the campaign website.

Many of the images will be on display at the South Bank Australia Day Festival in a unique ’Human Collage’ installation.

Premier Campbell Newman said the South Bank Australia Day festival will celebrate all that makes our country great with live music, interactive art installations, and family entertainment.

“The festivities start at 10 am, with the traditional Flag Raising Ceremony on the Cultural Forecourt at 11.15 am, a highlight of the festival,” Mr Newman said.

Find out more about Australia Day in South Bank.

The Thank You Australia campaign is an Australia Day initiative of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, supported by Australian Unity.

Thank you Australia ambassador Kate Ritchie described the campaign in December as an opportunity to remind ourselves how blessed we are to live here in Australia.

“Let’s celebrate by sharing with the rest of the world what we love about this country and what we are grateful for, every day of the year,” Ms Ritchie says.

By uploading a message, participants will have the chance to win a trip for two adults and two children to Sydney.

You can still submit your thank you message. Thank You Australia entries close on 28 February 2014.

What part of Australian life are you most thankful for?