To a collector, all stamps are beautiful in general. However, there’s always a bit of competition going on even in the most beautiful things. And this competition of stamps has been won by a Norwegian postage stamp.
This Norwegian postage stamp which depicts a snowy owl has been named the world’s most beautiful design of 2018 in Madrid last week.
It was designed by artist Viggo Ree and values 21-krone.
The snowy owl depicted on the stamp comes from a watercolor painted by Ree several years ago. The stamp was released in April last year as part of a three-part series depicting birds.
A jury consisting of around 40 internationally qualified philatelists evaluated stamps from all over the world in different classes.
The Norwegian snowy owl stamp came out on top in the prestigious Nexofil competition, organized by the stamp magazine El Eco in Spain.
Although Norway has enjoyed international recognition for its stamps in the past, this is the first time the country has topped a world list.
300 people from post and philately organizations worldwide were present at the Madrid awards.
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Image Courtesy: Madrid Post