Launched in September, the competition organised by The Press and Journal was a record-breaker.
Around 820 entries arrived by email or by post, making it the UK’s largest-ever flag design contest.
They came from schools across northeast Scotland, as well as individual designers around the world.
‘Aberdeenshire has taken the crown by a fairly significant margin,’ said Philip Tibbetts, our Communities Vexillologist and Honorary Vexillologist to Scotland’s Lyon Court.
‘Not just by one or two, by 100 or more.
‘It’s amazing that this has captured the imagination of so many people, and especially so many pupils across the county.’
The P&J‘s judging panel – including Provost Judy Whyte, Deputy Lieutenant Miranda McHardy and Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms – eventually came up with a shortlist.
Philip adapted these entries to fit the strict rules of heraldry and they then went to a public vote.
Read more about the winning flag, the unveiling ceremony and the runners-up.
View the Aberdeenshire flag in the UK Flag Registry.