1. There will be seven philatelic classes:
o Thematic Philately – Nature
o Thematic Philately – Science and Technology
o Thematic Philately – Culture
o Open Philately
o Picture Postcards
o Youth Philately. Split into:
- Up to and including age 9
- Ages 10 – 14
- Ages 15 – 17
2. All entries require an application form to be completed.
3. The exhibit must tell a story (with the exception of Topical entries) . Not a list of stamps or a procession of stamps but material that is linked to tell a story.
4. The exhibit page must have a clear title on it.
5. The entry may be on A4 or A3 size white or pale cream paper.
6. An exhibit (apart from Postcard entries) will be expected to show more than just stamps. Cancellations, air letters, telegrams, stamp booklets and postal stationery are but a few alternatives. Using a variety of material makes the exhibit more interesting and gives the exhibitor a greater range of material to tell the story. The Open Philately Class gives the opportunity to supplement the philatelic material with a variety of non-philatelic material rather than just postcards. It is expected A3 pages will have a greater range of material than A4 pages.
7. The exhibit must be in English
8. The exhibitor will be expected to demonstrate good presentation, but grammar or spelling will be disregarded; particularly from those for whom English is not their first language.
9. Every item must be shown full size. Scanned reduced images of the reverse of covers etc. are permitted, shown next to the full-size front, with a note that they are being shown at a reduced rate.
10. Awards will be in 4 categories:
○ Diamond: all the elements listed in rules 3 – 10 achieved to a good standard;
○ Ruby: all or most of the required elements, either to a fair standard or with one of the requirements missing;
○ Emerald: some of the elements included, but with perhaps one or two of those elements missing;
○ Opal: an exhibit which failed to meet all or many of the elements.
The top category in each class will be scored as follows:
Title and Introduction maximum 10
The Story 40
Quality of material 10
Non-thematic information 15
Variety of material 10
The Story maximum 20
Knowledge of the material used 20
Variety of material (both philatelic and non-philatelic) 20
Click here for the winners of the 2022 competition.
Click here for winners of the 2021 competition.