Four lucky children will have their drawings on official stamps for the British Antarctic Territory (BAT), celebrating 200 years since the discovery of the Antarctic continent.


The design theme for the competition is “Discovering Antartica”, and the stamps will be approved The Queen ahead of being issued.

Antarctica was first sighted in January 1820 by expeditions from Russia and the UK, although it is unclear who sighted land first.

Antarctica's land and surrounding oceans are home to a range of wildlife including Emperor penguins, petrels, whales and seals.

In 2006, a stamp competition was held to mark the UK’s hosting of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Edinburgh.

The “Discovering Antarctica” them is open to interpretation, and can cover the initial discovery of the continent, modern day discoveries, or discoveries that the entrants have made from learning about Antarctic and its wildlife online or on TV.

A winning design will be chosen from each of the four age categories:

  • 4-6 years
  • 7-9 years
  • 10-13 years
  • 14-17 years

Each winner's designs will receive a framed copy of the First Day Cover, as well as two unframed First Day Covers and a certificate from the Commissioner of the BAT.

The winning and runner-up images will be put on display.


Find out more about the competition and how to enter on the BAT website.


Megan ShersbyNaturalist, writer and content creator