Society Competitions

The Society holds annual philatelic competitions open to all members. The competition is divided into a number of categories to encourage participation at all levels of experience, and the 'rules' are as simple as we can make them. Entries within each class can consist of 9 (junior entries only), 16 or 32 sheets.

Exhibits may be entered in any of the following philatelic classes: Aerophilately, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Revenues, Cinderella, Thematic, Traditional (stamps), Open (includes Social Philately) and Picture Postcards. A Society Trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring 16 or 32 sheet entry in each of the following categories:

Competition Categories

  1. The Sixteen and Thirty-two Sheet Competitions
    1. The Fassnidge Plate   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of Traditional stamps.
    2. The Basil Owen Award   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of Postal History.
    3. The Bob McDonald Trophy   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of Aerophilately.
    4. The John Stockley Rose Bowl   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) in the Thematic class.
    5. National Westminster Bank Trophy   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) in the Open class.
    6. Millennium Trophy    16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of Revenues.
    7. Adams Cup Postal    16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of Postal Stationery.
    8. The Sharman Trophy   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of Picture Postcards.
  2. Other Competitions
    1. The Marianne Trophy   One single sheet entry in any philatelic class. No additional sheet for explanation is required. This competition will be judged by the Society members present.
    2. Members Competition Shield    Awarded to the winner of the informal Members' Competition that can include entries of less than 16 sheets (see rules below).
    3. The Vernon Junior Medal   Up to 9 sheets in any class entered by a Junior Member (age limits in accordance with national rules).

The Gordon Thorne Trophy is awarded to the best overall winning entry from either the sixteen or thirty-two sheet competitions. At the Committee’s discretion the two 16 sheet entries with the highest scores will qualify as the Society's entries in the Howard White Inter-Society Competition at HAMPEX.

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Competition General Rules

Members Competition Shield Rules

The Members' Competition is far less structured than the traditional competition evening and more of a fun event and opportunity to display your material.

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General Hints and Tips

Hints and tips concerning entries for competitive display may be found on the Hampshire Philatelic Federation Competitions website together with more information about philatelic classes.

The resources listed below may be helpful:

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