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    Christmas Stamp Design Competition
    2 October 2013
    Royal Mail Christmas Stamp Design Competition: final 24 chosen
  • The 24 finalists in Royal Mail’s children’s Christmas Stamp Design Competition have been chosen 
  • The fantastic designs were picked by regional judges in the 12 UK competition region, who each selected two designs to go forward to the national final
  • In the national final, a panel led by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will choose the two designs that will feature on this year’s First and Second Class Christmas stamps
  • Royal Mail received more than 240,000 entries from children aged 4-11 years-old across the UK in response to the question ‘What does the Christmas season mean to you?’
  • A new website has been launched for children, parents and teachers to view all the entries submitted to the competition: www.royalmailstampcompetition.com

The 24 finalists in Royal Mail’s children’s Christmas Stamp Design Competition have been chosen, and now have the opportunity to see their artwork feature on this year’s Christmas stamps. 

Regional judges in the 12 UK competition regions have each selected two entries to go forward to the national final. The designs by the 24 finalists, who are aged between 4- 11 years-old, were chosen from over 240,000 entries that were submitted to the competition.

In the national final, a panel of judges led by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, will select the two designs that will feature on this year’s First and Second Class Christmas stamps.

As with all Special Stamps issued by Royal Mail, both winning designs will have to be approved by The Queen.  The two stamps will be available from November 5th*.

Celebrating the finalists

To celebrate the children being the 24 finalists, their achievement will appear on a special postmark that will feature on mail delivered to addresses nationwide. Each postmark will feature one day over the next month. Two of the national finalists are from Wales and will have a Welsh postmark sent to addresses in Wales.

By progressing to the final 24, each child has won £500 in vouchers and £500 for their school.

The two overall winners will receive prizes of £1,000 for the school and £1,000 in vouchers.

Royal Mail has launched a new website where all the entries submitted to the competition can be viewed: www.royalmailstampcompetition.com. Visitors to the site can view entries by postcode and/or region. Schools will be given unique log-in details so they can view the entries submitted by their pupils.

*Christmas stamps for different postal rates and a religious-themed issue will also be available from November 5th.

The 24 finalists are:

 

Region

Name

South East

Molly Robson

South East

Olivia Heller

North West

Tia Dann

North West

Adil Hanney

Northern Ireland

Corin McCrea

Northern Ireland

Niall Conn

North East

Faye Hughes

North East

Rowan McAlpine

South West

Rosie Hargreaves

South West

Finn Alexander

Scotland

Archie Hilton

Scotland

Danielle Lockie

Yorkshire and Humberside

Kristina Pavic

Yorkshire and Humberside

Thomas Donaldson

London

Daniel Payne

London

Natacha Simpson

East of England

Thomas Gaynham

East of England

Ava Reynolds

West Midlands

Oliver Miller

West Midlands

Fred Egerton

East Midlands

Morgan Spink

East Midlands

Ethan Mahal

Wales

Jayden Roberts

Wales

Nicole  Murphy

 

Note to editors

  • In the national final, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will be joined by Royal Mail’s Chief Executive Officer, Moya Greene, the author of the Charlie and Lola series, Lauren Child, Royal Mail’s Head of Stamp Design, Marcus James, and Tasveer Shemza, who was just six when she designed one of Royal Mail’s first ever Christmas stamps in 1966.
  • The two designs chosen by the judging panel will be announced in the autumn before the stamps go on sale on November 5th.
  • Royal Mail received an astonishing 240,000 entries from children aged 4-11-years old from across the UK in response to the question ‘What does the Christmas season mean to you?’
  • Only twice before in Royal Mail’s history – 1966 and 1981 - have the official Christmas stamps been designed by children.
  • The 12 competition regions are:
  1. London
  2. South East
  3. East of England
  4. East Midlands
  5. West Midlands
  6. North East
  7. North West
  8. South West
  9. Yorkshireand Humberside
  10. Scotland
  11. Wales
  12. Northern Ireland

 *Prizes breakdown:

Prizes

Schools

Child

Overall winners x 2

£1,000

£1,000 vouchers

Regional winners x22

£500

£500 vouchers

Regional runners Up x 116

£100

£100 vouchers

 

 

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