Polish postage stamp wins international competition
A stamp issued by the Polish Post (Poczta Polska) has been awarded first prize in the EUROPA Stamp 2020 competition, the company announced on Thursday.
The theme of the competition was old postal routes and the winner was chosen by a jury of philatelists from various fields including artists, collectors and bloggers. Poczta Polska described the award as "an extremely valuable success of the whole of Poczta Polska."
Poczta Polska President Tomasz Zdzikot was quoted in a press release as saying the award recognised the highest skills of Polish artists and was an "expression of recognition of the global philatelic community for the Polish Post."
The winning stamp, designed by Maciej Jędrysik, depicts the most important postal routes of the 16th century on a map of Poland featuring the course of the Vistula River and the royal cities of Kraków, Sandomierz, Warsaw, Toruń, Elbląg and Gdańsk.
Three European postal operators came joint second in the competition: Postwerk Foroya of the Faroe Islands, Swiss Post (Switzerland) and Ukraine's SC Ukrposhta with third place taken by Deutsche Post DHL Group of Germany.