Earlier this year, children were invited to take part in a competition to design official stamps for the British Antarctic Territory, to celebrate 200 years since the discovery of the Antarctic continent.


The theme of the competition was 'Discovering Antarctica'.

The judging panel was consisted of representatives from the Royal Geographical Society, the British Antarctic Survey and the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.

The winning designs were chosen from four age categories.

4-6 years: Dorothy Johnson, age 6, from Cambridge

4-6 Winner - Dorothy Johnson

Dorothy’s design of a whale was described as striking, making good use of colours and demonstrated the wildlife within the British Antarctic Territory.

7-9 years: Jessica Barry, age 8 from Great Bedwyn

7-9 Winner Jessica Barry

The judges felt that Jessica’s design was eye-catching, containing a broad range of subjects such as wildlife and science and some of the expressions were brilliant.

10-13 years: Oliver Sander, age 10 from London

10-13 Winner Oliver Sander

Oliver’s design was artistic, with lovely detail including the iceberg in the shape of the Antarctic continent.

14-17 years: Samaira Hasan, age 14 from Bishops Stortford

14-17 Winner Samaira Hasan

Samaira’s design was seen to capture the history brilliantly, with a good use of colour.

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 runners-up of the competition were also announced, and their designs will be featured in the 'First Day Cover' souvenir envelope:

  • 4-6 years: Issac Westgarth, age 5 from Northshields
  • 4-6 years: Ruby Zasada, age 6 from Chesterfield.
  • 7-9 years: Robyn Sutherland, age 9 from Aberdeenshire
  • 7-9 years: Thomas Pilkington, age 9 from the Isle of Man
  • 10-13 years: Sabine Singh, age 12 from Leicester
  • 14-17 years: Dixie McKinnon, age 16 from Guildford


Main image: 10-13 Winner Oliver Sander


Megan ShersbyNaturalist, writer and content creator