01 May 2020
Guernsey Post has announced that it is inviting local children across the Bailiwick to create a piece of artwork, which could be selected to feature on new stamps to be launched on the themes #GuernseyTogether and #AlderneySpirit.
All proceeds of sale from the stamps will be donated between selected local charities.
Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post, explained:
"We are currently experiencing a global health pandemic as a result of Covid-19, and we would like to try and create something positive during these unprecedented times.
“We’re looking for children to create designs for our #GuernseyTogether and #AlderneySpirit stamp competitions that relate to the current pandemic in a positive way. Perhaps your child has painted colourful rainbows displayed in your windows to show support for essential workers, or they have been involved in something like baking, or helping with donations, to keep spirits up within the community. If so, we’d love for them to create a design that would translate well onto postage stamps, which we’re planning to release later this year."
The stamps - comprising a set of twelve for Guernsey and eight for Alderney - will be subject to approval from Her Majesty, The Queen.
Each of the winners will receive a £100 voucher from a local retailer if their design is chosen; all proceeds from the sale of the stamps in Guernsey will be donated equally between the Guernsey COVID19 Response Appeal and the Social Investment Fund – COVID19 Community Charity Appeal.
In Alderney, all proceeds will go to the local Helping Hands appeal.
The competition is open to all children in school years 1-12 in Guernsey, Sark and Herm, and to children in years 1-11 in Alderney. The closing date for entry is 15 May and an independent judge will select the winners on 18 May 2020.
Artwork may be submitted via Guernsey Stamps’ Facebook page or Instagram page. All drawings may be photographed and uploaded to either of these platforms.
Drawings may also be emailed to [email protected] or sent in the post to Guernsey Post Ltd, Guernsey Stamps competition, Envoy House, La Vrangue, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1AA.
Please state the child’s name and age, along with an email address and a parents/guardian’s contact number.
Entries should be completed on the downloadable A4 stamp template. Any materials that photograph well, such as a drawing, painting, collage or photography, may be used. Please think about whether the design will work well and be clear when it is reduced to the size of a stamp (40mm wide x 30mm deep). The designs can be in colour or black and white.
Read more about Guernsey's stamps in the dedicated Stamp Guides pages.