Antarctica is well known as one of the most starkly desolate places on earth – a vastly inhospitable expanse of land permanently cloaked in ice.
Yet for all its frozen isolation, the continent’s landscapes and wildlife are also breathtaking beautiful, inspiring some of New Zealand’s greatest photographers to create some of their finest works.
In 2005, New Zealand Post invited five professional photographers to submit their personal favourites of the Ross Dependency – and the results were simply stunning.
An Adventurer's Paradise
The first day cover featured the icy interiors of Ross Dependency.
The Photographers and Their Stories
The presentation pack reflected the photographic excellence of this superb stamp collection. You could learn more about the photographers, their specialities and their achievements on the international stage.
A Prized Collector's Collection
Behind every photograph there is a story, and that certainly applied to this collection. That is why we choose it as the subject for our special limited editions, a prestigious and sought-after collectable that is produced in limited quantities (only 2,000 available worldwide) - and this limited edition offered additional insights into the Ross Dependency through the lens.
This prestigious collectable contained a set of stamps, a unique numbered souvenir miniature sheet, a special first day cover and a set of colour separations.
Ross Dependency Postage in New Zealand
|Ross Dependency stamps are not valid for postage in New Zealand. Click here to find out more.|
Product Listing for 2005 Ross Dependency - Through the Lens
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|Date of Issue:||2 November 2005|
|Number of stamps:||Five|
|Denominations and designs:||45c, 90c, $1.35, $1.50, $2.00|
|Stamps designed by:||CommArts Design, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Wyatt & Wilson, New Zealand by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||42.27 x 30.32mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||104gsm litho gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||50|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B format.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 1 November 2006.|