The Olympia Prize for the best postage stamps issued to commemorate the Olympic Winter Games in Turin 2006 has been awarded to the Postal Administration of Poland.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge presented the prize today in Copenhagen to Tomasz Malczewski, Vice-President of the Polish Post, and Piotr Nurowski, President of the Polish Olympic Committee, for their stamp depicting several winter sports on a background of the Italian Alps.
Czech Republic and Canada
The silver medal was awarded to the Postal Administration of the Czech Republic for a stamp featuring a cross-country skier, and the bronze went to the Postal Administration of Canada for its stamps depicting short-track speed skating and skeleton.
The second bonze medal awarded for originality went to the Postal Administration of the Netherlands for its use of a hologram on its stamp.
The Olympia Prize was created in 1984 to promote artistic achievement in the design of Olympic postage stamps and to encourage the promotion of the Olympic Games by the participating nations through their postage stamps.
The stamps were judged by a panel of 50 members of the International Olympic Committee and 50 philatelic and sport journalists.
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