29 September 2011

Cyprus Post wins EUROPA 2011 Jury Prize Competition





Above stamp issued by Cyprus Post for EUROPA 2011   was adjudged the best stamp of this year by a panel of jury . Cyprus Post wins the Jury Prize competition held in Brussels on 24th September 2011. This year’s Europa theme is Forests.Cyprus Post issued a set of two stamps this year on EUROPA 2011 theme. The other stamp of this set is shown below.


Cyprus Post winner of the EUROPA 2011 Jury Prize Competition

Cyprus Post EUROPA Stamp entry was named the winner of PostEurop‘s first ever EUROPA Jury Prize Competition which was held at the prestigious Brussels Town Hall, where an expert jury met and voted through closed ballot.


On 24 September in Brussels, PostEurop held its first ever EUROPA Jury Competition at the famous Brussels Town Hall. Seven experts were invited to join the jury and judge the EUROPA Stamps based on their expert opinion. 56 entries were displayed before the jury and after much deliberation, the jurors casted their closed ballots followed by a round of voting and discussion. Having reached a consensus, Mr. David E. Failor, Chief of the United Nations Postal Administration, proudly announced Cyprus Post as the winner of the 2011 Europa stamp Jury Prize to be the EUROPA Stamp.


The Jury Composed of:

David E. Failor, United States
Marc Taraskoff, Designer, Belgium
Dr Guy Coutant, Philatelist expert, Belgium
Jan Sertons, PostNL, The Netherlands
Jurgen Haepers, www.europa-stamps.blogspot.com,
Switzerland Olaf Neumann, Designer, Germany
Stefan Klein, Designer, Germany

"There were so many beautiful entries and judging was difficult due to the high quality of entries. We finally reached a consensus on the Cyprus Post Europa Stamp. The design in particular was very strong: modern, visually powerful but the interesting part was the integration of the white in the green of the stamp which created a light effect and contrast across the stamp. This stamp was in our opinion best illustrates our interpretation of what a forest should represent for the people and the young generation" said Mr. Failor.

The Jury Prize competition is held separate from the public online competition which took place earlier this year. This means that there are two separate prizes for Europa stamps: one coming from the results of the public online competition and other from this expert Jury competition.

The prize for the Jury Prize competition will be handed out during the PostEurop Plenary Assembly in Istanbul on the 12th October, prior to announcement of the winners of the public online competition.



EUROPA stamps are special stamps issued by European postal administrations/enterprises and bears the official EUROPA logo, a PostEurop registered trademark under the aegis of PostEurop in which Europe is the central theme.

EUROPA stamps underlines cooperation in the posts domain, taking into account promotion of philately. They also build awareness of the common roots, culture and history of Europe and its common goals.

As such, EUROPA stamp issues are among the most collected and most popular stamps in the world.

Since the first issue in 1956, EUROPA stamps have been a tangible symbol of Europe’s desire for closer integration and cooperation. In 1993, PostEurop became responsible for issuing EUROPA stamps. 

- Post Europe 

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