The Sussex Police postcard competition is now closed. Entrants will be contacted soon. 

20201013-Jo Shiner EA579 (3 of 5).jpg

Children and young people across Sussex are invited to design a postcard, and the winning three creations will be used by Chief Constable Jo Shiner when writing to children and young people.

There’s also a range of unique and exciting prize for the winners across three age categories (up to 10, 11–14 and 15–18).

What do I have to do?

To enter the competition, create a postcard design that is suitable to be printed in a 2D format on a postcard. You can use any media, including painting, photography, mixed media/collages, graphic designs or drawings. The final postcard size will be approximately 14.8 x 10.5cm.

You can make it about anything you like, but might be inspired by the priorities that everyone in Sussex Police works to:

  1. Protect our communities (keep you safe)
  2. Catch criminals
  3. Deliver an outstanding service.

When you have finished your creation, you can either:

  • Take a photograph of it and send the photo to [email protected]
  • Or, send your design via post to CC Postcard Competition, Sussex Police Headquarters, Church Lane, Lewes, BN7 2DZ

with the following details included:

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • Where you live in Sussex
  • Your parent or guardian’s name
  • Your parent or guardian’s telephone number and email address
  • Any specific requests to take into account if you win the competition (for example, accessibility requirements or allergies)

If you are little, you might need to get some help from a grown up to complete your entry, but don’t let them take the credit for your creation!

Deadline for entries is Monday 30 November at midnight.

Who can enter?

Anyone who is aged up to 18 until midnight on 30 November 2020 can enter the competition.

Entries will be categorised according to their age on 30 November into three age groups: up to 10, 11–14 and 15–18.  

Who will judge the winners?

Winners will be chosen by a panel of young people and independent judges.

Can I get help from an adult or guardian?

Yes, adults can give support and help when children prepare their entries, for example during the process of coming up with ideas, providing materials and devising their design. However, the creation should be by the entrant as much as possible taking into account age, abilities etc.

Can schools enter?

Yes, we welcome groups of entries from schools, either done during school time or at home, and also encourage schools to promote the competition within their communities to encourage children to enter.

What are the prizes?

The winning designs will be printed on a postcard and used by Sussex Police Chief Constable Jo Shiner when corresponding with children and young people. Winners will get the chance to enjoy the following Sussex Police experiences when government restrictions allow:

  • Personal demo of police equipment
  • Meet a police dog
  • Tea and cakes with the Chief Constable

Print versions of runners up will be displayed at police stations across Sussex early 2021.

If I win, will I get my artwork back?

We will ask the winning entries to send their artwork to us so that it can be professionally photographed to be reproduced on the postcard, and we will then return this via post. 

Unfortunatley we cannot return all artwork submitted via post. 

When will winners be announced?

Winners will be announced during December 2020.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please email [email protected] with any queries.


  1. By submitting an entry into the SUSSEX POLICE POSTCARD COMPETITION you are deemed to accept these Terms and Conditions.

  2. The Promoter of this Prize Draw is Sussex Police, Church Lane, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2DZ (the “Promoter”).


  1. The Prize Draw is open to entries from Wednesday 4 November 2020 until 23.59 Monday 30 November 2020.


  1. Entrants must be aged eighteen (18) years or under.


  1. To enter this Prize Draw, entrants must:

Send a photograph of their postcard design to the email address [email protected] providing the following information: first name, last name, email address, date of birth and postcode and parent or guardian contact details.

By supplying this information above you confirm you have read and accepted the Sussex Police Postcard Competition terms and conditions.

  1. No purchase is necessary to enter this promotion however internet access is required.
  2. Invitations to enter the Prize Draw will be made on Sussex Police social media to members of the public between Wednesday 4 November 2020 and Monday 30 November 2020.
  3. The Promoter reserves the right to discount any inappropriate or offensive entries and to disqualify any entries if the Promoter, at its sole discretion, believes that there has been an attempt to manipulate or tamper with the operation of the promotion.


  1. Entries should be submitted by email through [email protected] or by post to CC Postcard Competition, Sussex Police Headquarters, Church Lane, Lewes, BN7 2DZ.
  2. All images submitted must be original work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other design competition.
  3. Competition entrants may have assistance from parents, guardians or teachers as appropriate to their age and abilities, especially in submitting their entry, but the majority of the design concept and creation must be their own work in the spirit of the competition.
  4. The design may use any media as decided by the entrant, including paint, pencil, collage, mixed media, pastels, photography, digital designs, but they must be suitable for creating in a 2D format.
  5. The size of the final postcard will be approx. 14.8 x 10.5cm and entrants should create their design to fit this size.
  6. All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date.
  7. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt.
  8. The winning entry will be that that which is judged to be the most visually appealing, original design which celebrates what Sussex Police stands for.
  9. You may not enter more than once. Only One (1) entry per person, identified via email address, will be counted towards the Postcard Competition entry pool. Parents and guardians may submit an entry on behalf of a child and these entries will be accepted. Joint submissions are allowed. Incomplete, illegible, misdirected or late entries will not be accepted.
  10. Entry forms shall be deemed to be submitted at the date and time of receipt as determined by Sussex Police.


  1. Copyright in all designs submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants however, as a condition of entry in to the competition, each entrant grants a royalty free, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Sussex Police to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material.
  2. After the photo competition duration concludes and the Winners are selected, The Promotor will utilise the winning designs on a postcard design used by Sussex Police to correspond with the public.
  3. The winners of the competition will be selected from entries received during the promotional period by Chief Constable Jo Shiner and a young person to be selected.
  4. The winners of the competition will be announced during December 2020.
  5. In the event of unforeseen circumstances or circumstances outside its reasonable control, the Promoter reserves the right to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this promotion without prior notice.
  6. The Winners of the competition will also receive a prize, as promoted as part of the competition communications, and this will be arranged once they have been notified of their win.
  7. Sussex Police will use the Winners’ first name and age when announcing the winner and on the final printed postcard. However, this can be anonymised at the Winners’ request.


  1. The Winners will be notified during December via email and announced on social media (“Notification”). Winners will have five (5) working days from the time the Notification is sent to respond and provide their full name and address and submit a valid form of identification, this can take the form of a scanned copy of a driving license or passport.


  • the Winner fails to respond within seven (7) working days of this notification; Or
  • the Winner declines the Prize;
  • they forfeit any right to the Prize.


  1. Unless the winner notifies us otherwise in writing within fourteen (14) working days of Notification, the Promoter reserves the right to use and feature the design received and the name of the SUSSEX POLICE POSTCARD COMPETITION Winner for publicity purposes and the winner agrees that they will participate in any reasonable publicity arranged by the Promoter or its agencies.


  1. The name and county of residence of the Winner will be made available on request to anyone sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to the Promoter at the address set out above within 10 weeks of the closing date of the Prize Draw.


  1. All copyright in the entries is the property of the Promoter.
  2. Promoter does not accept responsibility for network, computer or software failures of any kind and has no responsibility for lost, delayed or misdirected entries.


  1. The Promoter does not accept any responsibility for any infringement of any third party intellectual property rights caused by entrants entering this competition.


  1. Except for the purpose of carrying out the promotion, contacting winners and sending out prizes the Promoter will not use entrants’ personal data without the express consent of the entrant. View our Data Protection Policy here.


  1. You agree to be bound by the decisions of the Promoter, which are final in all matters relating to the promotion. No correspondence will be entered into in respect of the Promoter’s decisions.

  2. These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of England and the parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England, including the seeking of all injunctive or ancillary relief actions.