Celebrating biodiversity on EUROPA Day

PostEurop is proud to launch the 2024 most beautiful EUROPA stamp competition, based on the theme “Underwater Fauna & Flora”. Exquisitely designed, these beautiful stamps capture the colorful flora and fauna that thrive beneath European waters. Dive together with us into the depths and discover the awe-inspiring beauty of Europe’s aquatic ecosystems.

European underwater ecosystems are known for being a vibrant tapestry of flora and fauna which beautifully thrive in harmony. Whether from the multiple seas to the majestic North Atlantic, or from tranquil lakes of Scandinavia to the winding rivers of the Alps, Europe boasts a diverse array of freshwater life. Crystal-clear streams host a myriad of aquatic insects and fish, while dense reed beds provide sanctuary for birds and amphibians. Beneath the waves, ocean species such as oysters, clams, and certain species of marine worms serve as nature’s filtration system, actively purifying the surrounding seawater. This rich biodiversity forms the backbone of our freshwater habitats, highlighting the importance of conservation efforts.

This year’s EUROPA Stamps are more than just postage or collectible items—they’re windows into the mesmerizing underwater world of Europe. Each stamp is a work of art, capturing the vibrant tapestry of marine life found in Europe’s seas, rivers, and lakes. From delicate seahorses dancing in seagrass meadows to vibrant corals bustling with activity, these stamps offer a glimpse into the breathtaking biodiversity beneath the waves, beneath the coolness of a lake. Whether through intricate illustrations or stunning photographs, these stamps showcase the rich tapestry of life that thrives in European waters. With every stamp, collectors and enthusiasts are transported to these underwater realms, fostering awe and appreciation for the wonders of nature.

“The 2024 EUROPA Stamps – “Underwater Fauna & Flora” theme, depict the remarkable diversity of aquatic life in Europe’s oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, and springs. Despite this richness, human activities such as water pollution and climate change have severely impacted aquatic biodiversity, leading to the loss of numerous species. In response, the European Union introduced the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy in 2020 to restore ecosystems affected by these challenges. We hope that this year’s theme will raise awareness on conservation efforts. Through exquisite designs depicting protected species, water lilies, and marine life, we aim to inspire collectors and enthusiasts to reflect on the importance of preserving our aquatic environments for future generations.” explains Agnieszka Trząskowska, Chair of the PostEurop Stamps & Philately Working Group.

Thus, PostEurop is inviting all postal fans and philatelic enthusiasts to journey together with this beautiful theme and explore Europe’s vibrant underwater world with this year’s EUROPA Stamps! Cast your votes for their favourite stamp of this 2024 EUROPA Stamps Competition, on www.europastamps.eu/europa2024.

View and Vote for Your Favourite EUROPA Stamp Today

We invite you to view all the beautiful entries and vote for your favourite stamp on www.europastamps.eu/europa2024. The online competition will end on 9 September 2024 and the winning stamps will be announced at the PostEurop General Assembly to be held in October 2024 in Belgrade, Serbia.

More about EUROPA Stamps
Since 1956, EUROPA stamps have been a symbol of Europe’s desire for closer integration and cooperation. These special stamps are issued by the European postal administrations/enterprises and bear the EUROPA logo, a PostEurop registered trademark. Since 1993, PostEurop has been the responsible organisation for issuing EUROPA stamps and each year, philately experts within the Stamps and Philately working group organise the competition amongst other philately initiatives.
See more information on www.europastamps.eu

For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Wee Neumann
Communications Manager
T: +32 2 773 11 92
E: cynthia.wee@posteurop.org

André Feio
Communications Specialist
T: +32 2 773 11 54
E: andre.feio@posteurop.org