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Antarctica — flag proposals

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Graham Bartram's proposal

[G. Bartram's proposal]
image by Graham Bartram, 22 July 1996

This is the symbolic flag for Antarctica I created for 3D Atlas. Since we've sold over 1,5 millions copies of this atlas I think this is now by far the most widely promulgated flag for the continent. It's very simple — just an outline of the continent on a UN-blue background. I had to try very hard to come up with a flag with no political bias, so as not to get into the disputes between the UK, Chile and Argentina.
Graham Bartram, 22 July 1996

Dave Hamilton's proposal

[D. Hamilton's proposal]
image by António Martins, 19 March 2000

I invented and designed this flag. I have looked around other web sites and found Antarctic flags (when there is one shown) to be very stupid looking and boring. This one is very different, it is very simple and does have a meaning. The pale blue strip represents pack ice, the dark blue stripe represents the night sky and the yellow stripe is a representation of the aurora australis. The famous stellar constellation the Southern Cross is shown in the dark blue stripe at the right.
Dave Hamilton, 3 March 2000

This flag shows on a photo on those phony 50 "Antarctican dollars" bills. Depending on how widely these "banknotes" circulated, this flag might have become widely known enough to be listed here.
António Martins, 19 March 2000

Olivier Leroi's proposal

[O. Leroi's proposal]
image by Ivan Sache, 25 March 2020

The plastic artist Olivier Leroi (b. 1962) designed in 2007-2008 a proposal of flag for Antarctica. The flag is vertically divided in four stripes - black, whitish, orange, gray -, reproducing the proportions of the colors on the "livery" (feathers) of an emperor penguin, selected as Antarctica's emblematic animal.
Ivan Sache, 25 March 2020