Royal Mail in the UK is releasing thirty First Class postage stamps, each showcasing an Olympic or Paralympic sport, in preparation for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics being held in London.
The first ten stamps, going on sale on October 22, feature illustrations by artists from a range of disciplines. Artists are designing images of another 20 sports for stamps that will go on sale in 2010 and 2012.
Canoe slalom by John Royle.
Paralympic archery illustrated by George Hardie.
Athletics collage by Nathalie Guinamard.
Diver (Aquatics) by illustrator Julian Opie.
Boccia by David Doyle.
Judo by Paul Slater.
Paralympic Dressage by Andrew Davidson.
Badminton by David Holmes.
Weightlifting by Guy Billout.
Basketball by Huntley Muir.