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18.02.2012 - FEPA Prize Winners of the Year 2011
The abbreviation FEPA stands for ‘Federation of European Philatelic Associations’. At the end of every calendar year, the FEPA decides about three awards

The abbreviation FEPA stands for ‘Federation of European Philatelic Associations’. At the end of every calendar year, the FEPA decides about three awards; the results of this decision process are then communicated to the public in the beginning of the next year. For 2011, the FEPA Awards will go to three well-known philatelists from Luxembourg, Germany and France.

Joseph Wolff (Luxembourg) has been honoured for his ‘extraordinary service to organized philately’. Wolff is honorary president of the FIP, the World Federation of National Stamp Collectors Associations, which he headed from 2006 to 2010. He still serves in many capacities in other organizations, not in the least as President of the Luxembourg Stamp Collectors Association. He is also famous as the organiser of many major exhibitions and he has proven to be particularly useful in educating young philatelists. For many years he has also worked as a philatelic journalist and as an appreciated member of the AIJP.

Wolfgang Maassen (Germany), who is chief editor of several philatelic magazines and who acts as President of the International Association of Philatelic Journalists (AIJP), has been awarded the FEPA medal for his ‘outstanding achievements in the field of philatelic research and education’, a qualification adequately mirrored by the recent publication of his major philatelic work titled Von ersten Alben und Katalogen zu Verlagen von Weltrang (‘From the first stamp albums to world-class publishers’).

The third person to receive the FEPA medal for 2011 is Françoise Eslinger (France), who won her prize thanks to her ‘extraordinary support of organized philately’. Since 2003, Eslinger acts as Director of the French Post (Phil@poste). She is also President of Adephile, an association for the promotion of philately.

The FEPA also has awards for stamp clubs whose activities deserve special recognition. The prize winners for the year 2011 are clubs in Vejle (Denmark), Maribor (Slovenia) and Granada (Spain).

The official ceremony where most of the awards will be handed over to the prize winners will take place during the FEPA Congress in Paris, in June of this year. The FEPA medal for Wolfgang Maassen will be awarded to him later this year, during IPHLA 2012 in Mainz (Germany), to be exact on 4 November.