ALLAHABAD: Here is an opportunity for budding artists to bid for posterity-Department of Posts is holding a 'design a stamp' competition and the winning post could well assume the form of a postal stamp that would be released on Children's Day (November 14) next year. Competition is scheduled to be organised in head post offices of Allahabad Region and the topic for this year's contest is 'A holiday'.
Sharing details with TOI, director Postal Services Allahabad region Krishna Kumar Yadav said "Department of Posts is offering a unique opportunity in the National level design a stamp competition in which the best paintings will be released in the form of postal stamps on Children's Day next year." Yadav said the Department of Posts has been organising the competition since 1998 and participation of children and students to design the postage stamp has been a regular practice since then.
The participants are to required to make an original design on this subject. There will be three groups, including up to Class IV, Class V to VIII and Class IX to XII. There will be three levels of prize for all categories. The prize wining design in each category will be considered for use on stamps and other philatelic material. The prize money for all categories will be Rs 10,000, Rs 6,000 and Rs 4,000 for first, second and third prizes, respectively. Prize winning entries at National level are likely to be chosen as design for a postage stamp, first day cover and miniature sheet.
In Allahabad region, the competition will be held on Saturday, November 23 at 11am at head post offices of Allahabad Region. The design could be in ink, water colour, oil colour or any other medium.
Participants are free to use drawing paper, art paper or any other type of paper. The competition will be organised in head post offices of Allahabad, Varanasi, Pratapgarh and Jaunpur. Nomination of students can be sent to the senior superintendant concerned of post offices and senior postmasters latest by November 20.