The award-winning wildlife and travel photographer Sue Flood is giving readers of BBC Wildlife Magazine to win a unique prize – a signed copy of her new book, Emperor: The Perfect Penguin (worth £25), and a set of penguin stamps (equivalent to £20), posted from the penguin post office in the Antarctic!
Two runners-up will win a signed copy of Emperor: The Perfect Penguin.
Emperor: The Perfect Penguin is Sue’s second book and was published in September 2018. A selection of her images are featured in the photo story for BBC Wildlife‘s December 2018 issue (on sale from 21 November).
The book is a love letter from Sue to the emperor penguin – the biggest and most photogenic of the 18 species in the penguin family and the only member which never sets a foot on dry land, spending their entire lives, instead, either on sea ice or feeding in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica.
More than 200 crisp, clear and beautifully-reproduced images taken by Sue are included in the book, during the many hours she’s spent in the heart of penguin colonies with behind-the-scenes anecdotes, insights and observations about Earth’s remotest, coldest and harshest environment. Includes a foreword by Michael Palin.
Sue’s penguin images feature on a new set of stamps issue being issued by one of the world’s remotest postal services – the British Antarctic Territory (BAT). This region of the Antarctic takes in the Antarctic Peninsula, numerous islands, the wedge renamed Queen Elizabeth Land in 2012 in honour of HM the Queen’s diamond jubilee, the Ronne Ice Shelf and the South Pole.
The 12 stamps portray the adults and chicks from the six species of penguin which are found all-year round in the Antarctic: Adelie, chinstrap, emperor, gentoo, king and macaroni*.
The adult penguins stamp set.
The stamps come in values of 1p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, 66p, 76p, £1, £1.20, £2, £3.50, £5. Some are expected to be used as postage by Antarctic tourists and resident scientists, but the bulk is likely to be sold overseas to collectors.
“The official release date of the stamps depends on when the ship carrying the stamps and First Day Covers can reach the main BAT post office at Port Lockroy – no easy matter given the extreme conditions!” says Sue.
The chick penguins stamp set.
* all of the images, with the exception of the macaroni chick, are by Sue Flood.
Terms and conditions
- Read our full terms and conditions before entering.
- The first entry drawn at random after the closing date will win a signed copy of Emperor: The Perfect Penguin and the set of stamps, which will be posted from the penguin post office. The next two entries drawn at random after the closing date will win a signed copy of Emperor: The Perfect Penguin (posted from the UK).
- No cash alternative is available.
- Only one entry per household.
- The competition is open to all residents of the UK, including the Channel Islands, aged 18 or older, except employees or contracts of Immediate Media, and anyone connected with the promotion of their direct family members.
- Closing date for entries if 11.59pm on Sunday 2 December 2018.