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.

The Gordon Thorne Trophy is awarded to the best overall winning entry from either the sixteen or thirty-two sheet competitions. Unless the Gordon Thorne Trophy is shared, the Millennium Trophy will be awarded to the reserve best exhibit. 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.

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. Society Trophies will be awarded to the highest scoring 16 or 32 sheet entry in the following categories:

Competition Categories

  1. The Sixteen and Thirty-two Sheet Competitions
    1. The Sharman Trophy   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of a Great Britain or Commonwealth entry of Traditional stamps, Revenues or Postal Stationery.
    2. The Fassnidge Plate   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of a Foreign entry of Traditional stamps, Revenues or Postal Stationery.
    3. The Basil Owen Award   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of an entry in the Great Britain or Commonwealth Postal History class.
    4. The John Stockley Rose Bowl   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of an entry in the Foreign Postal History class.
    5. The Bob McDonald Trophy   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of an entry in the Aerophilately class.
    6. National Westminster Bank Trophy   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of an entry in the Open, Social, Thematic or Picture Postcard classes.
  2. Single Sheet and Nine Sheet Competitions
    1. The Marianne Trophy   One single sheet entry in any philatelic class. No additional sheet for explanation is allowed. This competition will be judged by the Society members present.
    2. The Adams Cup   Nine sheets in any class entered by a member who has never won one of the Society's Sixteen Sheet Competitions.
    3. The Vernon Junior Medal   Up to 9 sheets in any class entered by a Junior Member (age limits in accordance with national rules).

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Competition General Rules

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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.

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