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Annual Competitions 2023

The competitions will be held at the South of England Stamp Fair & Sussex Convention, Norfolk Pavilion, South of England Centre, Ardingly Showground, Ardingly, RH17 6TL

SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER 2023 10.00am – 4.00 pm

Competition categories are:
16-sheet One Frame competition subject to the Rules and Regulations for National Thematic Philately competitions

16-sheet One Frame competition subject to the Rules and Regulations for National Open Philately competitions

16-sheet One Frame competition for Picture Postcards subject to the Rules and Regulations for National Picture Postcard competitions

16-sheet One Frame competition for Pictorial Classes; open to previous winners of the BTA’s annual competitions. Subject to the Rules and Regulations for National Pictorial Class competitions.

Please complete the Entry Form and send it to – 
Andrew Millington, Flat 4, 87 Shurdington Road, Cheltenham, GL53 0JQ. Tel: 0770 8356757. Email:
Closing date for receipt of entry forms:  Monday October 2023. 
Please send sheets to:
Andrew Millington 
from Saturday 14th October (or earlier if you notify him) but no later than Tuesday 24th October; or deliver them to the Fair (first floor) by 10.00 on 28th October. Scanned entries from overseas members (see Rule 3) to be sent by Tuesday 24th October.


All classes

1. Every exhibit must have an Introductory Page as the first sheet. All sheets must be enclosed in protectors and the pages numbered at the foot of the page. 

2. There will be an entry fee of £10 for each competition. A receipt will be issued and must be produced if collecting the entry after the Exhibition has closed. All four competitions will be open to all and not restricted to BTA members.

3. We accept entries from overseas members. These should be sent as scans (300 - 400 dpi, pdf format) to: (deadline as per instructions for this year’s competition).

4. Judges will be appointed who are qualified in judging Thematic Philately and/or Open Philately and/or Picture Postcard exhibits at Federation or National level. 


Thematic, Open and Postcard Class

The winner of any of these competitions will not be allowed to enter the same exhibit in the same competition at any time in the future.


Championship Class

1. The Championship Class will cover all aspects of theme-based philately: i.e., Thematic Philately, Open Ohilately, and Picture Postcards.

2. The Championships Class is open to past winning exhibits of any of the BTA’s competitions: The BTA Cup, The John Fosbery Trophy and The Brian Sole Trophy. Exhibits will be based on previous winning exhibits but can of course be modified. Past winners who are exhibiting new subjects should enter the other classes in the BTA’s Annual Competitions.

3. Entries will be one frame (16 sheets), regardless of whether the qualifying winning exhibit was one or two frames.

4. A person may only enter one exhibit in The Championship Class.

5. All entries will be judged to national standards using the appropriate marking schedule (Thematic, Open, Picture Postcard) on the next page. There will be one winner and that will be the entry with the most points.


AWARDS.  The Minimum points required to achieve LARGE GOLD level is 90.

For Gold level is 85                       For Silver level is 65

For Large Vermeil level is 80      For Silver Bronze level is 60

For Vermeil level is 75                For Bronze level is 55

For Large Silver level is 70         For Certificate of Participation  below    55



 Thematic Philately – BTA Cup    
Treatment Title and Plan 15  
  Development 15  
  Innovation 5 35
Knowledge, Study & Research Thematic 15  
  Philatelic 15 30
Condition and Rarity Condition 10  
  Rarity 20 30
Presentation   5  
TOTAL   100  


Open Philately – John Fosbery Thematic Trophy  
Treatment Title & Plan 10  
  Treatment  20 30
Knowledge and Research Philatelic  20  
  Non-philatelic 15 35
Material Condition 10  
  Rarity 20 30
Presentation   5  
  TOTAL   100


MARKING Picture Postcard Class -  Brian Sole Trophy  
Idea, Plan and Treatment of the Topic Idea and Plan 10  
  Treatment 20 30
Knowledge and Research   35  
Condition and Rarity Condition 10  
  Rarity 20 30
Presentation   5  
TOTAL   100  

Click here to download the application form