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COMISIÓN MAXIMAFILIA DE FIP 2012

8º Competencia Mundial FIP por la Mejor Tarjeta Máxima creada en el 2010
Chairman: George Constantourakis
2115 girouard, Montreal QC,
H4A 3C4, Canada
Tel: +5144822764
Email:geoconstant@bell.net
geo.constant@sympatico.ca

Montreal – paris, march 1st, 2012

For the first time, the '8th World Competition for the three Best Maximum Cards created in 2010' was posted in our Website http://www.maximaphily.info/ and open for Voting to all our official Delegates. Also, for the first time, the Voting for this Competition, was done electronically. The Voting period was from January 28, 2012 to February 29, 2012. The official Delegates sent in by email their Voting Papers with their Choices to both the Chairman and the Secretary of the Commission. This way, ensuring that the Voting Choices will be better secured.

In order to give a fair chance to all participating countries, we deemed it appropriate that the Voting Rules needed to be better defined, thus ensuring more Objective Results. We used this occasion to make a major change in the Rules that it will NOT be allowed to vote for your own country. In the past, a country present with a proxy power ended up Voting twice for their own country and countries not present were at a major disadvantage. This change was done after formal requests by certain National Maximaphily Associations and after consultation. (For, your information, the previous such Competition in Lisbon on Oct. 7, 2010 had 53 countries taking part. There were 24 Votes cast by 16 Delegates present, thus 8 Votes were by proxy). For this new Voting formula, which allows for every Delegate to vote, we already received compliments from many participants.

For this '8th 2010 World Competition for the three Best Maximum Cards' there were 59 countries taking part, an increase of six (6) since the previous Competition. There were 45 Votes cast by Delegates representing 45 FIP Countries and out of the 59 participating countries, 50 countries received a Vote. We would like to thank all the Delegates that sent in their Maximum Card. Their contribution proves that Maximaphily is a dynamic Philatelic Class.
The results of the three (3) Best Maximum Card created in 2009 are the following:

1st Prize: PORTUGAL (105 points)

    FUNICULAR TRAM ELEVADOR DA GLORIA’ LISBON
    This Maximum Card was created by the Rui Dias.The First Day Lisbon cancellation has a special mention:‘Elevadores Publicos de Portugal’, and a concordant illustration (triple).
    The Glória Funicular was opened on October 24, 1885. At first, it was designed as a water powered system, then in 1886 it was replaced by a steam power one, and finally in 1915 it was electrified. In 2002 it was designated a National Monument. The Glória Funicular makes the connection from the downtown Restauradores square to Bairro Alto (literally High Quarter) on a 265 metres journey up or down the hill, with an average gradient of 18%. The Glória is the busiest funicular in Lisbon and also the most accessible for tourists. When you go out of the funicular you will find on the right side the S. Pedro de Alcântara Belvedere, from where you get a magnificent view of downtown Lisbon and the magical St. George Castle. Just across the road, lies the Instituto do Vinho do Porto, where a vast range of port-wines may be tasted and purchased in the sumptuous surroundings of the Palácio Ludovice (1749).

2nd Prize : Two countries ex eco: CZECH REP. and SAN MARINO

    CZECH REP. (48 points)
    PRAGUE CASTLE & CHARLES BRIDGE
    This Maximum Card was created by Pavel Kancnyr. The First Day Prague Castle (exact place), cancellation has a concordant illustration (triple).
    The Prague Castle is said to be the biggest castle in the world at about 570 meters in length and an average of about 130 meters wide. Its history stretches back to the 9th century. The castle buildings represent virtually every architectural style of the last millennium. The Prague Castle includes Gothic St Vitus Cathedral, Romanesque Basilica of St. George, a monastery and several noble historical palaces, gardens and defense towers. Most of the castle areas are open to tourists. It also houses several museums, including the National Gallery collection of Bohemian baroque and mannerism art, exhibition dedicated to Czech history. The area around the Prague Castle is called Hradčany.
    The Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava (Moldau) river in Prague. Its construction started in 1357 under Charles IV, and finished in the early 15th cent. As the only means of crossing the river until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. The bridge is 516 meters long and 10 meters wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards.The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700. They form two rows, one on the north and the other on the south side. Damage caused to the statues over many years has resulted in many of the originals being replaced by copies.

    SAN MARINO (48 points)
    ITALIAN CYCLISTS ‘F.COPPI – G. BARTALI’
    This Maximum Card was created by A.I.M. (Italian Maximaphily Association). The se-tenant stamp depicts Giro d’Italia’s most famous cyclists Gino Bartali (on the left) and Fausto Coppi, (on the right). The First Day San Marino cancellation has a concordant illustration (triple). Although this San Marino cancellation is not concordant with the location of the event, here the focus is on a historic photo of two great rival cyclists, as symbol of good sportsmanship.
    Gino Bartali was the undisputed champion of Italian cycling until Fausto Coppi came along. Coppi beat his older rival time and again, winning the Giro race five times and le Tour de France twice. Their personal rivalry was more acidic. On this 1952 photo, taken during the Tour de France race (actually on April 4, 1952) during the segment between Lausanne and Alpe d’ Huez, we see Fausto Coppi (right) in the yellow jersey and Ginno Bartali (left). During the climb of the Galibier (Alpe d’Huez) a photographer for Omega, Carlo Martini, snapped a photo where you could see the passage of a water bottle between the two arch rivals. The photo quickly became a symbol of knightly sports rivalry, the contest between gentlemen and fair play that characterized the relationship between the two champions. But, the truth about the photograph has always been in debate: It is not known which one passed the water bottle to his rival. It has been argued about for years until Coppi’s premature death from malaria in 1959.


3rd Prize : LUXEMBOURG (45 points)

    ROSE ‘YVAN MISSON’
    This Maximum Card was created by the Commission de Maximaphilie FSPL. The First Day Luxembourg cancellation has a concordant illustration (triple).
    It depicts the Rose Yvan Misson, a rose of unique beauty, an early variety created in 1912 in Luxembourg by Soupert and Notting. The stamp used is found on the lower right of a Booklet of 10 stamps. This booklet is featuring 10 different Rose varieties found in Luxembourg. These stamps were to be distributed by the automated teller machines.

The complete results of the World Competition for the Best Maximum Card created in the year 2010 are the following:

FINAL RESULTATS – 2010 BEST MC COMPETITION

Country Points Country Points Country Points
1st. PORTUGAL 105 8th. SLOVAKIA 18 12th ALAND 6
2nd. CZECH REP. 48 8th. THAILAND 18 12th AUSTRALIA 6
2nd SAN MARINO 48 9th. GREECE 15 12th CANADA 6
3rd LUXEMBOURG 45 9th. ITALY 15 12th CYPRUS 6
4th ARMENIA 33 9th. LIECHTENSTEIN 15 12th FR. ANTRC.TERR.(TAAF) 6
4th GERMANY 33 9th. Rep. KOREA (South) 15 12th HONG KONG 6
5th. BULGARIA 27 9th. Sov. Order MALTA 15 12th ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON 6
6th CHINA 24 10th. BRAZIL 12 12th SOUTH AFRICA 6
6th ROMANIA 24 10th. FRANCE 12 12th VENEZUELA 6
7th AUSTRIA 21 10th. MONACO 12 13th ALBANIA 3
7th DENMARK 21 10th. U. S. A. 12 13th MACAU 3
8th. ANDORRA) 18 11th. ARGENTINA 9 13th MALAYSIA 3
8th. CHINESE TAIPEI 18 11th. BELGIUM 9 13th NETHERLANDS 3
8th. FINLAND 18 11th. ICELAND 9 13th Rep. of MOLDOVA 3
8th. GREENLAND 18 11th. ISRAEL 9 13th SINGAPORE 3
8th. RUSSIA 18 11th. SPAIN 9 13th TUNISIA 3
11th. SWITZERLAND 9 13th UNITED KINGDOM 3

ALPHABETICAL LIST OF PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES & VOTE RECEIVED
(50 Countries Voted - 59 Countries took part in the Competition)

1.- ALAND 6 2nd 31.- LUXEMBOURG 45 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd
2.- ALBANIA 3 3rd 32.- MACAU 3 3rd
3.- ALGERIA 33.- MALAYSIA 3 3rd
4.- ANDORRA 18 1st, 2nd, 3rd 34.- MEXICO
5.- ARGENTINA 9 1st 35.- MONACO 12 1st, 3rd
6.- ARMENIA 33 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd 36.- NEPAL
7.- AUSTRALIA 6 2nd 37.- NETHERLANDS 3 3rd
8.- AUSTRIA 21 1st, 1st, 3rd 38.- NEW ZEALAND
9.- BELGIUM 9 2nd, 3rd 39.- PORTUGAL 105 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st ,1st ,1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd
10.- BRAZIL 12 1st, 3rd

40.-

Rep. KOREA (South)

15 1st, 2nd
11.-

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

41.- Rep. MACEDONIA (former Yugoslav)
12.- BULGARIA 27 1st, 1st, 3rd , 3rd, 3rd 42.- Rep. of MOLDOVA 3 3rd
13.- CANADA 6 2nd 43.- ROMANIA 24 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd
14.- CHINA 24 1st, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd 44.- RUSSIA 18 2nd, 2nd, 2nd
15.-

CHINESE TAIPEI

18 1st, 2nd, 3rd 45.- SAN MARINO 48 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd
16.- CYPRUS 6 2nd 46.- SINGAPORE 3 3rd
17.- CZECH REP. 48 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd 47.- SLOVAKIA 18 1st, 2nd, 3rd
18.- DENMARK 21 1st, 1st, 3rd 48.- SOUTH AFRICA 6 3rd, 3rd
19.- FAROE ISLANDS 49.- Sovereign Order MALTA 15 1st, 3rd, 3rd
20.-

FINLAND (18 points)

18 1st, 1st 50.- SPAIN 9 1st

21.-

FRANCE

12 2nd, 2nd 51.- SRI LANKA

22.-

FRENCH ANTARCTIC TERR. (TAAF)

6 3rd, 3rd 52.- ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON 6 2nd
23.- GERMANY 33 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd 53.- SWITZERLAND 9 2nd, 3rd
24.- GREECE 15 1st, 2nd 54.- THAILAND 18 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd
25.- GREENLAND 18 1st, 1st 55.- TUNISIA 3 3rd
26.- HONG KONG 6 2nd 56.- UNITED KINGDOM 3 3rd
27.- ICELAND 9 1st 57.- U. S. A. 12 2nd, 2nd
28.- ISRAEL 9 1st 58.- VATICAN
29.- ITALY 15 2nd, 2nd, 3rd 59.- VENEZUELA 6 2nd
30.- LIECHTENSTEIN 15 1st, 2nd

LIST OF VOTE RECEIVED
(45 Countries sent in their Vote)

1.- ALBANIA 2.- ARGENTINA 3.- ARMENIA 4.- AUSTRALIA
5.- AUSTRIA 6.- BELGIUM 7.- BRAZIL 8.- BULGARIA
9.- CANADA 10.- CHILE 11.- CHINA 12.- CHINESE TAIPEI
13.- CZECH REP. 14.- CYPRUS 15.- FINLAND 16.- FRANCE
17.- GERMANY 18.- GREECE 19.- HUNGARY 20.- INDIA
21.- ISRAEL 22.- ITALY 23.- LIECHTENSTEIN 24.- LUXEMBOURG
25.- MACAU 26.- MALTA 27.- MALAYSIA 28.- MEXICO
29.- NETHERLANDS 30.- NEW ZEALAND 31.- PAKISTAN 32.- PORTUGAL
33.- REP. KOREA 34.- ROMANIA 35.- RUSSIA 36.- SERBIA
37.- SLOVAKIA 38.- SLOVENIA 39.- SPAIN 40.- SWITZERLAND
41.- THAILAND 42.- UKRAINE 43.-UNITED KINGDOM 44.- U. S. A.
45.- VENEZUELA.

For the next Competition, we will NOT include the 'Sov. Mil. Order of Malta' as this is not a country recognized nowadays by the UPU. By this coming summer, we hope to conclude our next ' Competition for the three Best Maximum Cards created in 2011' and then post the pages for each Participating Country on our website. It should be much easier this 2nd time around.
The new regulations of the World Competition for the three Best Maximum Cards, with changes in voting procedures, will be presented to Delegates for approval at the upcoming Meeting of the Commission in Jakarta and then they will be submitted to the FIP Board for final approval.
Please start selecting your Country's Best Maximum Card created in 2011 and then mail it to the postal address of the Chairman George Constantourakis. (See address on the 1st page).
With our sincere thanks for your active participation.

Kind regards

George Constantourakis
Chairman
FIP Maximaphily Commission

Anny BOYARD
Secretary

Montreal, March 1, 2012
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