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Young people get an opportunity to design the Christmas stamps

Young people get an opportunity to design the Christmas stamps
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StampNews.com is glad to inform that a competition to design Christmas stamps will be launched on Saturday at the Airport Post Office of the Cayman Islands. Organized for the islands' young people, the theme of the competition is "What does Christmas in the Cayman Islands mean to you?" Participants may design an image that best depicts their answer to this question.

Entries will be received in three age groups: 8 and under; 9 to 13; and 14-18.

Another launch on Saturday is a "Write to Santa" initiative, with a form letter available to help children learn the art of writing a letter.

"We want our youth to connect with the Post Office", Postmaster General Sheena Glasgow said. "The art of writing a letter is still very relevant even in this age of smart phones, tablets and emails".

Both campaigns are in celebration of World Post Day, Oct. 9.

The Christmas stamp design competition will be used for the 2015 Christmas issue. Winners will see their designs on 25c, 75c, 80c, $1 stamps, a First Day Cover design and possibly a souvenir sheet.

The winning designs will be on thousands of Christmas cards during the 2015 Christmas season for all to see. There will also be additional prizes to be won for all entries.

Designs will be selected by the Stamp Advisory Committee, three local artists and the directors of national institutions, such as the National Gallery, National Cultural Foundation, National Museum and National Archive. The stamps will then have to be approved by Cabinet and finally by Queen Elizabeth II.

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