On May 22nd, 2010, Canada Post began issuing a series of 5 stamps featuring some of the winners of the Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography Contest for 2009. The stamps feature images from photos submitted to various categories of the contest. They highlight our country’s biodiversity and, simply, are beautiful to look at. Canadian Geographic is celebrating its 80th anniversary; how better than with a national stamp spread?
On May 13th, 2010, Canada Post began issuing a pair of stamps celebrating marine life. The two stamps form a joint issue with Sweden, who, like Canada, is surrounded by many species of marine life. The stamps were created by a Swedish designer and feature a harbour porpoise and sea otter. The Canada issue features elliptical perforations where the two stamps meet, whereas the Sweden issue features a maple leaf design in the perforations. There is also a micro-text hidden in the image of the sea otter.
Many stamp collectors agree that Canada stamps are some of the most beautiful to collect. Many stamps are popular either due to their design or because of their rarity. Canada’s first postage stamp falls under both categories.