Stamp collectors worldwide have voted for the most beautiful Greenland stamp of the year 2005. It is the stamp "Ilulissat Icefiord", which was issued by POST Greenland on January 17, 2005 to acknowledge that the magnificent natural region in West Greenland - the Ilulissat Icefiord - was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The icefiord-stamp is one of 21 stamps that were issued by POST Greenland in 2005. The winning stamp was revealed on Sunday, November 13, 2005 during Northern Europe's biggest stamp exhibition "Frimaerker i Forum" in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Second came the beautiful ship stamp G 343 depicting the Royal Yacht Dannebrog, designed and engraved by Martin Morck. The third place was given to the special issue G 341, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Church Law in Greenland. This stamp is designed by the artist Aka Hoegh and has created a lot of attention in Greenland during this year.
The icefiord-stamp depicts the edge of the dramatic Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, which feeds the fiord with icebergs. The draft for the stamp is a photo taken by Jakob Lautrup of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). During the exhibition "Frimaerker i Forum" the photographer received a whole sheet of the winning stamp from POST Greenland's philatelic manager Soren Rose.
Ilulissat Isfjord was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004 and in the same year the GEUS published a book that talks about this marvellous piece of nature and that contains many of Jakob Lautrup's photographs.
Value: 6.00 DKK
Issue Date: 17.01.2005
20 stamps per sheet
Printing method: Offset
Paper: TR4 yellow fluorescent
Photo: Jakob Lautrup, GEUS
Typography: Morten Stürup
Outside measurements: 50,50 x 43,26 mm