The Public Competition – Results

The Public Competition ran from 28 February to 31 August 2020, there were over 200 excellent entries.

The winners were announced by Johnny Mercer MP, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans on 29 September 2020.

There was a winner and runner up in each category and one overall winner. The three winning designs have been given to the three professional designers now competing for the final design to inspire them. We will announce the final design around the end of January or early February next year. 

Under 11 Winner is Heather Dent from Ulverston. 

10-year-old Heather’s brother is a serving submariner and her father works for BAE. The judges particularly liked the tunnel aspect of her design giving the impression that people were inside a submarine.


The Under 11 runner up is Alfred Mehta


The 11-18 Winner is Zoe Perowne from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Zoe’s grandfather is a retired submariner and she is a Sea Cadet serving in TS Dauntless, Gosforth.    The judges like the connection between boat and dolphin within the wave. Zoe said: “The dolphins symbolise the souls lost at war and becoming free and part of the oceans in which they served and perished.”  


The 11-18 Runner up is Matilda Higgins from Brent Knoll in Somerset


The Over 18 Winner is the Groves Family

Grandfather and Father are both retired submariners and the son and his partner are currently both serving in boats, they were joined by friend and son of a submariner Si Ellis. The judges were inspired by the idea of walking into the memorial seeing the water above, represented by blue glass. 


The Over 18 Runner up is Kevin Staddon

The Overall winner is the Groves Family