Results of the Moon Landing Competition

We are pleased to announce that we had over sixty entries for our competition to mark the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing by NASA's Apollo 11. The standard of work was much higher than anticipated, but after careful deliberation, the four judges have decided to award the top prizes as follows.

The prize for best artwork was awarded to Charis Neal of the King Charles I School in Kidderminster, for this water-colour depiction of an astronaut standing on the lunar surface.

Image of Centaur Impact
Winning artwork entry for the 40th Anniversary of the Moon landing competition
Credit: C Neal of the King Charles I School in Kidderminster

The poetry prize was awarded to Thomas Galvin of Stockport School, whose poem nicely conveys the sense of wonder and achievement at finally stepping beyond the confines of Earth.

The moon shines like a floating light,
the brightest thing in the middle of the night.
But the moon isn't a distant as we might think.

You see, rockets have gone up into space,
to land, eventually, on the rocky face
of the bright, bright moon.

The first landing in '69.
The first human to cross the line,
of being trapped here on Earth.

Neil Armstrong stepped off the rocket,
the dark sky only lit
by the gloroius light from Earth.

His foot steps remain forever in time.
No wind makes the imprint stay fine,
staying forever on the Moon.

Finally he planted the flag in place,
to remain on the barren land, forever in space ....

Winning poem entry by Thomas Galvin

Each prize winner will receive a limited-edition commemorative stamp sheet signed by the astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who is one of only 12 people to have walked on the surface of the Moon. Once again, our thanks go out to Buckingham Covers, whose generosity allowed us to award such memorable prizes, and a special thank you to all those who took the time to submit work over the summer holidays.