Nature – Winter (Netherlands 2018)

[press release]
Experience nature in four seasons with colourful stamps from PostNL

The Hague, 2 January 2018 – PostNL will be issuing the new ‘Experience nature’ stamp series this year. There will be a ten-stamp sheetlet for each season. On 2 January 2018, the first stamps for winter appeared, devoted to reptiles and amphibians. The other seasons will follow in April, June and September, featuring wildflowers, insects and mushrooms respectively.

The photographs on the stamps are colourful portraits of often extraordinary plants and animals in their natural habitats. The images run almost imperceptibly through onto the adjacent stamps. They are also connected with each other through overlapping circles of different sizes. This provides a natural sense of contact between the plants and animals.

The beauty of nature
With the new stamps, PostNL pays tribute to the diversity of nature in our country. “It’s much greater than we sometimes realise at first,” says Stephan van den Eijnden, PostNL’s Commercial Director for Mail. “That makes it even more important for us to work together to maintain the beauty of nature in the Netherlands.”

Thousands of photos
For the ‘Experience nature’ series, graphic designer Frank Janse from Gouda selected thousands of photographs for each of the four stamp sheetlets. He narrowed these down to a shortlist consisting of around a hundred images, from which he chose the ten photographs that made it onto each stamp sheetlet. He was guided by both the beauty of the photograph and the special characteristics of the depicted plants and animals. The photographs are the work of amateur photographers who send their best images to the PIXFACTORY websites.

Each of the ‘Experience nature’ stamp sheetlets consists of ten stamps marked with ‘Nederland 1’, the denomination for items up to 20g in weight destined for mail in the Netherlands. The stamps are available at all post offices as well as via The stamps are valid until further notice.

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