Grand Prize Winner

Helen Nodding, 'End of the road'

Over the past few months we’ve been inundated with entries to The Great British Postcard Competition. 
Our panel of judges from the design and print industry had the tough job of selecting a shortlist of entries, from which for our Head Judge, John Lydon (a.k.a Johnny Rotten of Public Image Ltd and ex-Sex Pistols) picked his favourites. 
After days of deliberations, John Lydon picked his top 5 postcards before announcing the ultimate Grand Prize winner at our VIP awards evening at Camden's iconic Proud Gallery. 
Helen Nodding’s postcard, ‘End of the road’, picked up the Grand Prize of £5,000 for its portrayal of Britain’s forgotten backstreets where “nature rules supreme”.

Congratulations Helen!

John Lydon had this to say about the Grand Prize-winning postcard:

"I nearly fell off my chair laughing. It reminds me of having a cigarette in the backyard of a Great British pub – that’s the view you get. 
“I love it. It’s our Britain, from John O’Groats all the way down to Devon. It’s beautiful and skillful, and I want a large print of it!”

The Grand Prize finalists

On John Lydon’s shortlist alongside Helen Nodding’s ‘End of the road’ were;
Brex the Lionheart’ by Andy Potts
Gran’ by Kyle Foreman 
Roll on September’ by Lee O’Brien
They said it would be sunny’ also by Lee O’Brien
John spoke passionately about each of the finalists, “I was overwhelmed by people's response to the brief. It made my decision making process difficult, because I became involved with each little postcard achievement. I ignored the blurb and just let them hit me emotionally."

Young Talent Winner

Madeleina Kay, 'Welcome to Brexitland'

Our Young Talent prize was judged by Dr Nicky Ryan, Dean of Design at University of Arts, London. 

During the awards Dr Ryan paid tribute to the standard and diversity of the Young Talent entries.

The award of £1,000 cash and a trip to Dresden (home of SAXOPRINT) was won by Sheffield-based artist Madeleina Kay for her entry, 'Welcome to Brexitland'. The postcard depicts a colourful collection of the key players in last year's decision to leave the European Union.

Congratulations Madeleina!

Young Talent Runners-up

Three runners-up were also selected by Dr Nicky Ryan, University of Arts, London;

'Heatwave in Great Britain' by Lara Pfenningdorf

'Hustle and bustle' by Chein Shyan Lee

'Togetherness' by Leah Sinclair

Each of the Young Talent runners-up received £500 in cash and got to take home their very own trophy.

Public Vote Winner

When entries to The Great British Postcard Competition closed we asked the public to vote for their favourite postcard in the gallery. 

Lee O'Brien's 'They said it would be sunny' was an early leader and the ultimate winner with 10,306 votes. In the last few days of voting Lee was holding both first and second place in the public vote.

Lee's postcard style proved popular with the public and our judging panel, especially John Lydon who picked two of Lee's designs for his shortlist. 

Lee said of his winning design, "'They said it would be sunny’ is a phrase muttered every summer when the barbecue comes out. How many of us have flipped burgers in the lashing rain? The Great British barbecue wouldn’t be complete without an umbrella and a group of spectators watching a soaked wet ‘chef’”.

As the public vote winner, Lee won a Wacom Cintiq 13HD Graphic Tablet. The Liverpool-based art teacher plans to use his prize to help his students bring their ideas to life - and, who knows, maybe create the next wave of Great British postcards...

Well done Lee!