Published 22nd July 2020

Stamp Competition: Winners Announced

On 30 January 2020, we launched our stamp design competition for those aged 4 – 17 years.  The design theme was “Discovering Antarctica”.

A panel of judges selected four winning designs from the four age groups.  These designs will become official postage stamps for the British Antarctic Territory. Six runners up were also chosen.

We are delighted to announce the winning entries!


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

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

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

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

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

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

Runners up

4-6 years: Isaac Westgarth, age 5 from Northshields

The judging panel felt that the design was colourful and represented Antarctica – even invoking a mild sense of terror as to whether the penguin would get away from the killer whale!

4-6 years: Ruby Zasada, age 6 from Chesterfield

The judging panel felt the design showed good artist merit with good colour and a sense of joy with the penguin wearing a party hat

7-9 years: Robyn Sutherland, age 9 from Aberdeenshire

The judging panel felt that the design was a bold image with a strong climate change message

7-9 years: Thomas Pilkington, age 9 from the Isle of Man

The judging panel felt the design had a great layout and was visually creative

10-13 years: Sabine Singh, age 12 from Leicester

The judging panel felt that the design told the story of discovery with bold images

14-17 years: Dixie McKinnon, age 16 from Guildford

The judging panel felt that it was a stunning image with vivid colours and was instantly recognisable as Antarctica

The judging panel, which consisted of representatives from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), the British Antarctic Survey and the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust held a lively discussion to review the entries for each age group.  The winning designs represent a range of areas, which were felt to represent the ‘Discovering Antarctica’ theme.

The judges also wanted to highlight the great work of the runners up and their designs will feature in the ‘First Day Cover’ souvenir envelope.

The winning designs will now be adapted to a stamp format and presented to HM The Queen for approval.  They will be available to purchase later this year.

The Government of the British Antarctic Territory would like to thank all those who submitted designs and for helping to mark the 200 year anniversary since the discovery of the Antarctic continent.

Stamps for the British Antarctic Territory are released for sale around November.   Stamps can be purchased from (for retail and individual sales) or (for trade and volume sales).