Since 1996 a number of small European Postal Administrations have cooperated in a group called SEPAC. Today this group includes Aland, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City. All the members of the group have small home markets and face the same challenges, making it natural to cooperate.Twice, in 2007 and 2009, the SEPAC members have issued postage stamps according to a common theme: Sceneries.
On 6th May 2010 SEPAC launched a voting contest among all 2007 and 2009 SEPAC stamps. Voters from all over the world were invited to cast one vote each for the most beautiful SEPAC stamp. This election ran until 30th October 2010. Votes were to be cast online at the SEPAC website www.sepacstamps.eu or at stamp fairs and exhibitions in which the SEPAC members participated in 2010.
SEPAC received a total of 2,270 votes. When the voting closed, lots were drawn for a main prize of EUR 6,000. The lucky winner, whose name was drawn from the hat, is John Hunderup from Slagelse, Denmark. Mr. Hunderup has received the amount and expresses his great surprise and joy over the prize. In addition, the names of 20 lucky winners of the 2007 Sepac souvenir folder and 20 lucky winners of the 2009 souvenir folder were drawn. These two folders contain all Sepac stamps issued in 2007 and 2009 respectively. All the winners have received their prizes.
The winning stamp, issued by Posta Faroe Island in 2009, received 14.7% of all votes and was as such a deserved winner. Icelands Post’s 2009 SEPAC stamp came in second with 9 % of the votes. Attached please find a JPG of the winning stamp. Attached please also find a photo of the lucky winner accompanied by Philatelic Director of Posta Faroe Islands, Mrs. Svanbjørg Manai who presented Mr. Hunderup with the cheque for EUR 6,000 at a ceremony in Danmark in late January 2011.
The name of the winner, and the winning stamp, have been published at SEPAC’s wesite, along with the names of the 40 winners of the Sepac folders. For more information please log on towww.sepacstamps.eu.