The results of this year's Europa Stamp competition which heralded a new record high of 5,576 number of public votes registered from all over the world was announced yesterday evening at PostEurop's plenary dinner in Istanbul. Turkish PTT, postal operator for Turkey was declared the Gold award winner of this competition. The winning stamp from Turkish PTT was designed by Bulent Ates capturing the forest in the autumn.
"We are pleasantly surprised by the announcement as this is the first time we win this prestigious award. I believe that philately remains an important part of our company as it is a heritage we can hand-down to the next generation and be proud of. " said Mr. Osman Tural, CEO of Turkish PTT.
The close first-runner of the EUROPA Stamp competition was Magyar Posta, postal operator from Hungary and finally, the second-runner up of the EUROPA Stamp competition went to CTT Corrieos, postal operator for Portugal.
"Each year we see the expectations grow around EUROPA stamps from every perspective with growing interest and popularity. Indeed the stamps are more than just work of art, it personifies the country and brought together it gives us a collage of the Europe and the European Postal industry. Therefore, PostEurop has taken a bold step and issued the first ever EUROPA Stamp collection album," commented Botond Szebeny, PostEurop Secretary General.