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Bishop's Stortford sister and brother Samaira and Aydin Hasan celebrate success in separate art competitions



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Two Bishop's Stortford siblings have been commended for their artistic talents in competitions.

Samaira Hasan, 14, a Hockerill Anglo-European College student, won a stamp design competition organised by the British Antarctic Survey, where her mother, Sadia Karim, used to work.

The Cambridge-based institute launched a competition to celebrate 200 years since the discovery of the Antarctic continent.

Brother and sister Samaira and Aydin Hasan have won awards for their artistic talents. Picture: Vikki Lince
Brother and sister Samaira and Aydin Hasan have won awards for their artistic talents. Picture: Vikki Lince

Samaira won the 14-17 age category, one of four groups, and the winners' drawings are featured on official postage stamps.

The judging panel – which consisted of representatives of the Royal Geographical Society, British Antarctic Survey and UK Antarctic Heritage Trust – appreciated Samaira's ability to "capture the history brilliantly, with a good use of colour".

Her five-year-old brother, Aydin Hasan, a pupil at Bishop's Stortford College Pre-Prep School, also won a drawing competition to feature in a Puffin book, One Hundred Steps: The Story of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Samaira goes to Hockerill Anglo-European College while Aydin attends Bishop's Stortford College Pre-Prep School
Samaira goes to Hockerill Anglo-European College while Aydin attends Bishop's Stortford College Pre-Prep School

Children were invited to draw a picture of their grandparents' proudest moment, so he celebrated his grandfather, Abdul Karim, who was active in encouraging children in rural Bangladeshi villages to get an education.

Artistic talent runs in the Hasan family as their father Samiul is a keen cartoonist who is is particularly gifted at sketchnoting, the process of taking notes or recording thoughts with the use of illustrations, symbols and text.



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