The last Web sites competition, organized by the FIP (International Philatelic Federation), took place in the year 2002.

"Neither were the regulations revised nor accept the FIP in its exhibition such exhibits. This is regrettable because the revolution happens on the Internet. There is some accumulated experience but is it appreciated? It exists a specialized joint partner of AIJP, the Philatelic Webmasters Organization (PWO) with its president Victor Manta. Has somebody ever contacted him and asked for support?" Source: Wolfgang Maassen, The Philatelic Journalist, AIJP, June 2011, p. 9.

The answer to the above question is yes but it wasn't the FIP who contacted us but Mr. Maassen, the President of the AIJP, that organizes the IPHLA 2012, an International Philatelic Literature Exhibition. Therefore, after 10 year of waiting, we have the pleasure to announce the new Philatelic Literature competition, that accepts web sites exhibits too.

I have already sent my demand for participation to Mr. Maassen. I will participate with my web site Communism on Postal Stamps, that was announced in 2003 for the FIP competition, but could 't participate because this competition was cancelled.

The special regulations for the judging of philatelic and postal history literature can be found here.

The DEADLINE for participation is set to the 1st of February, 2012. To participate, please fill in the Entry Form (websites) and follow the instructions printed on it.

We invite our members to participate in the coming IPHLA 2012 exhibition.

Victor Manta, PWO President and Founder

The BDPh invites authors and journalists to visit IPHLA 2012 in the Gutenberg city of Mainz

By Wolfgang Maassen (AIJP President)

For the BDPh, 2012 will be a very special year. The Federation of German Philatelists (Bund Deutscher Philatelisten) plans another IPHLA, the IPHLA 2012. The acronym ‘IPHLA’ stands for the German ‘Internationale Philatelistische Literatur Ausstellung’, four words that hardly need to be translated. The exhibition will take place on 2nd till 4th of November 2012, and it will be held in Mainz, the city of – as almost every literature lover will know – of the inventor of the movable type printing, Johannes Gutenberg. So, next year the excellent name IPHLA already has – the first edition of the exhibition was held in 1989, in Frankfurt am Main – can be further strengthened.

Like in 1989, the IPHLA 2012 will be a major event and it will be organised purposely as an international exhibition, which is reflected in the fact that the two organisations that have lent their patronage to the event - the FEPA and the AIJP - both are internationally focused. Both organisations will offer their expertise and they will make active use of their networks to promote IPHLA. Besides all european members of the FEPA authors of the following countries are invited: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South- Africa, New Zealand and Australia, Singapore, USA and Canada als long their entries are written in one of the european languages.

Considering the German regulations the exhibition will be a Rank-1 event. With regard to the judging the new exhibition rules for literature, that have been ratified by the Board of the BDPh, will apply. These rules will be complemented by a number of conditions that specifically apply to IPHLA 2012; these additional rules will be published some time later in an exhibition bulletin. At the moment,interested author can down load all basic information from the official website ( This website will offer extensive information about the event, also for the convenience of authors and journalists that wish to write about it. Authors and publishers also can download the necessary application forms from the mentioned website.

Anyone who has any questions about the coming event should’nt hesitate to send a request to in order to receive the then available information by means of e-mail.

As explained earlier, the organisation legally responsible for the exhibition is the Federation of German Philatelists (BDPh). The formal organiser of the event is the ‘Verein für Briefmarkenkunde’ Mainz (est. 1885), represented by its chairman Lothar Both. The actual organization of all the work concerning the exhibition will be done by a special Organising Committee, which has been installed by the BDPh. The following persons – their names are in alphabetical order - are on the Committee: Dr. Eckart Bergmann, Günther Korn, Franz-Karl Lindner and Wolfgang Maassen. This core team gets support from the team members Lothar Both, Lars Böttger, Herbert Kroog and Rainer von Scharpen. Anyone wishing to make contact with the Committee can use the following address: Wolfgang Maassen – IPHLA 2012, c/o Phil*Creativ GmbH, Vogelsrather Weg 27, 41366 Schwalmtal, Germany.

The IPHLA 2012 will be held in the spacious and attractive premises of the remarkable City Hall of Mainz. The organisers are particularly grateful to the City of Mainz and its culture department who offered the use of the City Hall for IPHLA purposes. If everything goes following plan, the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz will also take part in the event, and also auctions, libraries and study groups who busy themselves with themes like printing, paper, literature and book art will take part. For authors and journalists there will most probably be a special seminar, with an appropriate theme that will be presented by renowned literature experts from around the world. Also planned are special exhibitions within the framework of one or more museums, as well as a comprehensive review of international philatelic literature works.

In the coming months invitations will go out to European philatelic associations and authors. It is also possible to send in innovative “publications”, because for the first time in history the IPHLA event will allow the entrance of ‘digital productions’. The exhibition rules make this possible. So, for instance websites or web pages that are processed and/or maintained by authors could be shown. The AIJP supports these changes, along with the Philatelic Webmasters Organization (PWO).

The BDPh has decided a year ago that it will organise a National Literature Exhibition every four or five years. The BDPh does this especially because it wants to sustain the high standard of output coming from its research communities and study groups. Advantage can be taken from the satisfying experiences of LIPSIA 2007 (Leipzig, Germany), an event that showed the way for IPHLA 2012; hopefully the latter will continue this good tradition.

Especially authors of study groups and research circles, small and larger publishing houses, libraries, literature dealers, sponsors and patrons may profit from the exhibition, an event that will link many interests and many people. Therefore it seems sensible to block out the first week of November 2012 in your agenda. Source.


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