#GuernseyTogether Stamp Competition winners named
WINNERS were announced for the #GuernseyTogether Stamp Competition, which Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau launched earlier this month.
Following HM The Queen’s approval, these winning designs are due for release as a special stamp set in late summer.
School children from Guernsey, Sark and Herm submitted over 200 entries, of which eight winners were chosen by independent judges Tom Langford and Al Mitchell.
Head of Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau Bridget Yabsley said, ‘this is the fourth time in our 50-year history that we have invited children to design stamps for us.
‘Given how well they have responded to the current pandemic, we felt it was fitting to ask them to create a special set of stamps that recognise the positive aspects of the pandemic.’
Each of the eight winners will receive a £100 voucher and a complimentary stamp set, following HM The Queen’s approval.
‘We are absolutely thrilled with the response to our competition and are delighted for the winners, who have been carefully chosen by Tom and Al from a very high standard of entries.
‘Very well done to all the children who entered.’
Guernsey Arts Commission commissioner and managing director for The Potting Shed, Mr Langford said ‘we thoroughly enjoyed reviewing all of the stamp design entries as they’re all so colourful and vibrant, which truly reflects the positivity across our island right now.
‘As judges, it was difficult to decide the winners as all of the children did an amazing job.’
For over a decade Mr Mitchell has worked alongside Mr Langford and now is The Potting Shed’s executive creative director.
Guernsey Post will donate all proceeds from the #GuernseyTogether stamp sales equally between two charities: the Guernsey Covid-19 Response Appeal and the Social Investment Fund’s Covid-19 Community Charity Appeal.
The former helps frontline workers, funds medical equipment and the hardship fund, and the latter helps local charities to continue vital work during the pandemic.
Stamp sets will be distributed locally via Guernsey post offices and to worldwide stamp collectors through the Philatelic Bureau (Guernsey Stamps).
All copyright for the stamps will be retained by Guernsey Post Ltd.