May 20, 2010 11:11 ET

Canada Post Partners with Canadian Geographic and the Canadian Museum of Nature to Showcase the Best of Canadian wildlife Photography

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - Today Canada Post unveils a quintet of domestic rate stamps featuring the five spectacular winners of Canadian Geographic's second annual Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year competition. Chosen from more than 6,400 entries, these photos were featured in Canadian Geographic magazine's annual wildlife issue and will be included in a travelling exhibition organized by the Canadian Museum of Nature.

"The partnership between Canada Post, Canadian Geographic and the Canadian Museum of Nature is a perfect fit," says Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services at Canada Post. "It's a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the beauty and diversity of Canada's wildlife, provide a unique prize for the winners and issue a set of spectacular stamps that's sure to delight and fascinate Canadians and others around the world."

Seeking out the most spectacular photographs has always been a priority for Canadian Geographic, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. "The partnership with Canada Post brought a highly attractive dimension to the 2009 Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year contest," says André Préfontaine, President and publisher of Canadian Geographic. "The opportunity to be featured on a postage stamp excited photographers across the country and led to a marked increase in submissions."

This stamp issue also coincides with the grand reopening of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa on May 22nd, which is the International Day for Biological Diversity. "The Canadian Museum of Nature considers this to be a perfect partnership," says Joanne DiCosimo, President and CEO of the Museum. "Both the contest and the exhibition of winning photographs are very popular with Canadians in all regions. Now we will have these remarkable images of Canada's wildlife in postage stamp form as well. It is truly a grand celebration of Canada's rich biodiversity."

Designed by Susan Scott, the stamps feature the winning photographs in each of the contest's five categories: birds, mammals, insects and amphibians, urban wildlife and junior photographers (15 and under). The winning photographers are as follows:

  • Birds: Martin Cooper, Burnaby, British Columbia
  • Mammals: Ben Boulter, North Granville, Prince Edward Island
  • Insects: Julie Bazinet, Gatineau, Quebec
  • Urban wildlife: Mark Bradley, Jasper, Alberta
  • Junior photographers (15 and under): Wing Yan Tam, Edmonton, Alberta

The souvenir sheet showcases a few of the contest's runners-up, and gives a hint of the spectacular selection of photographs that were submitted to contest judges.

About the Stamps

Each stamp measures 32 mm x 32 mm (square) and has simulated perforations. The stamps, which are printed by Canadian Bank Note on Tullis Russel paper using lithography in five colours, are pressure sentitive and general tagged on four sides. The stamps are available in booklets of ten stamps or as a souvenir sheet of five stamps. The Official First Day Cover is cancelled in Ottawa, Ontario.

Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the news section of Canada Post's website, as well as the new Stamp tab on its Facebook page: Stamps and other products will be available at participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the links at, or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA, call toll-free: 1-800 565-4362, and from other countries, call: 902-863-6550.

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