The 26th Universal Postal Congress opens in Istanbul (Photo: news.upu.int)

Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnamese painter Nguyen Du from Vietnam Post won first prize in the Universal Postal Union (UPU)'s competition to design a new International Reply Coupon (IRC). 

Du surpassed 10 other international artists to win first prize. His sample will be used from 2017 to 2020 for exchanges between UPU members. 

On the theme “Posts and Sustainable Development”, Du created an image of a messenger pigeon and human hands with North Pole as the background. 

The UPU introduces a new IRC design at the beginning of each four-year work cycle. In recognition of the 2016 UPU Congress host city Istanbul, the new IRC will be called the Istanbul model.-VNA