Stamp series captures wonder of Chao Phraya

River … Divergence of Lives. photo courtesy of JCCO PUBLIC RELATIONS

‘River … The Divergence Of Life”, the latest philatelic exhibition held by the Thailand Post, is now open to the public at Sam Sen Nai Philatelic Museum following the opening ceremony, held on June 5 to mark the World Environment Day.

On display at the exhibition are postage stamps with underlying messages on Thai people’s ways of living, culture and traditions along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. There is also a showcase of rare river postage stamps from countries around the world created to raise pride and awareness on each country’s major waterways.

One of the exhibition’s highlights is the launch of the “Chao Phraya River” stamp series — the first river-themed postage stamps that feature photos submitted to the Thailand Post from last year’s competition. Under the theme of “Chao Phraya Maha Natee” (The Great Chao Phraya River), the competition selected four photos that were transformed into a series of four stamps.

The competition was a collaboration between Thailand Post and the Royal Photographic Society of Thailand to select the best photos for the series.

The panel of distinguished judges included Nitikorn Kraivichean, society president; Ganid Thepsrimuang, a distinguished photographer; Udon Niyomdham of the Thailand Post, and Chiranan Pitpreecha, award-winning author.

Out of 359 submitted entries, 13 entered the final round and four were selected to be made into stamps. The first prize winner Sanchai Buasong’s Kong Nam Chao Phraya (The Meander Of The Chao Phraya) captures the river’s beauty when it embraces the rich verdant small island of Koh Kret with sunrise over the horizon. The second-place winner Vejchayan Tharaviseth said his photo titled Transportation took him five days on the Krung Thep Bridge to capture a tugboat towing a barge at sunrise. While Pichawat Prungsak’s Phra Nakorn (The Capital) shows the old city’s past prosperity, Sompop Wiwattanarom’s Sai Luat Yai Jai Krang Krung (The Vein Of The City’s Centre) features skyscrapers.

River … The Divergence Of Life exhibition is on view at Sam Sen Nai Philatelic Museum from now until December (closed Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays) from 8.30am to 4pm. Admission is free. The new river stamps are also available for sale at the museum and cost three baht each.

For more information, call 02-831-3856, 02-831-3722 or visit Facebook: Stamp in Love.