Almost 1900 people of all ages from 35 countries visited the first Online Philatelic Exhibition LITUANICA-2018, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Lithuania and 100th anniversary of the first Lithuanian postage stamp.
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The Exhibition, held November 1, 2018 – February 1, 2019, was organized by the Union of Lithuanian Philatelists (Lietuvos Filatelistų Sąjunga – LFS) and the Lithuania Philatelic Society (LPS).
Despite being limited only to LFS/LPS members and small collecting area, this exhibition succeeded in bringing together a variety of entries in several philatelic exhibition classes (postal history, thematic, single frame, and open class) across the competitive, non-competitive and champion class categories. This exhibition also showed the diversity of subject matter ranging from the first Lithuanian stamp issues, local issues, and stamp forgeries to postmark studies, censorship mail, deportees mail, air philately, etc. The Organizing Committee was very pleased to see 4 entrants exhibiting for the first time.
The response was uniformly and overwhelmingly positive both from entrants and visitors. The exhibit received positive coverage by a number of blogs, philatelic websites and forums, ELTA and Lithuanian Post.
Members of the international jury, Eugenijus Ušpuras (Chairman, Lithuania), Jan Kaptein (The Netherlands) and Tobias Huylmans (Germany) evacuated all the competitive exhibits and submitted their report, which can be found here.
The exhibition was made possible through the financial support of the Lithuania Philatelic Society.
In the end, the exhibition had been successful and we look forward to organizing another Online Philatelic Exhibition in 2020.
Chairman of the Organizing committee, LITUANICA-2018