Our Annual Society Competition will be held on 14th April 2022 and will be open to all members. The competition is divided into a number of categories to encourage participation for all levels of experience. The details of the various competitions and the rules are listed below.

Rules for Society’s Annual Competition

These rules shall apply for all competitions run by the Amersham and District Philatelic Society and will be effective for all competitions from 1 April 2022.

Classes and Frames

The competitions run by the Society shall comprise the following FIP (Federation Internationale de Philatelie) recognised classes:

  1. Traditional Philately;
  2. Postal history;
  3. Thematics;
  4. An Open class (that covers revenue, aerophilately or postage stationery classifications or Cinderella or ephemera items and allows up to 50% non-philatelic material);
  5. Postcards;
  6. A novice competition for entries of any philatelic class; and
  7. A three sheet competition of entries from any of the first three classes.

General Regulations

  1. Entry is open to all members with a limit of one entry per member per class;
  2. All classes shall be of 9 sheets, except the specific 3 sheet competition;
  3. Exhibits must be bona fide property of the exhibitor and compiled by them;
  4. Exhibits must consist of original material, with electronic reproductions and facsimiles as cameos to augment the write up of the exhibit;
  5. Neither the name of the entrant nor any indication of the value of the contents should appear on the entry;
  6. Each entry shall have an introductory page with a plan of the exhibit as the first sheet. This plan should show how the exhibit has been laid out, what it includes and how the subject has developed. The exhibit itself should have a beginning, middle and end. This rule applies to all classes except the three sheet competition;
  7. The entrant must identify the display sequence number on the reverse of the sheets;
  8. Entries should be enclosed in a protective cover and on sheets no more than 295mm long and 245 wide;
  9. Substantial material from winning exhibits may not be entered in the same category for the following three years;
  10. Entries for the Novice prize can be any of the three recognised classes but eligibility is restricted to members who have not previously won a major award in any former competition of the Society.

Judging and Marks for Evaluation

Judging in most years will be carried out by members of the Society present at the meeting. Judging of entries should, in principle, be based on the ABPS allocation of marks for the respective classes as set out below.

Traditional and Postal History Classes

Treatment20and importance10= 30 marks
Knowledge20and research/personal study15= 35 marks
Condition10and rarity10= 20 marks
Presentation15= 15 marks
Total Marks= 100 marks

Thematic Philately

Treatment: Title and plan15Development15Innovation5= 35 marks
Knowledge: philatelic15Philatelic15= 30 marks
Condition10and rarity10= 20 marks
Presentation15= 15 marks
Total Marks= 100 marks

Open Class

Treatment20and title and plan10= 30 marks
Knowledge: philatelic20Thematic15= 35 marks
Condition10and rarity10= 20 marks
Presentation15= 15 marks
Total Marks= 100 marks


Ideas and plan10Treatment20= 30 marks
Knowledge/research20Thematic15= 35 marks
Condition10and rarity10= 20 marks
Presentation15= 15 marks
Total Marks= 100 marks

For the open class the title and plan should explain the philatelic nature of the exhibit, (ie whether it is a revenue, Cinderella, social, etc exhibit)

The 3 sheet competition shall be marked according to the nature of the type of entry.

The judge’s decision shall be final and there will be no appeal. If the judges consider an exhibit is better allocated to another class, they have the right to reallocate it.


The winners of each class shall be awarded a trophy to be retained for one year and must be returned at the end of that year. The trophies, which remain the property of the Society are:

TraditionalChiltern Cup
Postal History Greenhill Trophy
ThematicBridger Cup
OpenDerek Chandler Trophy
NoviceChubb Bowl
PostcardsTaylor Trophy
Three SheetRuby Trophy

The first three places will receive Certificates of merit and a financial award.

NOTES TO ENTRANTS TO COMPETITIONS                                                                             

These notes have been prepared to assist exhibitors to prepare exhibits so as to focus on how and what Judges should/would look for in considering entries.

They have been divided between the key areas where marks would be allocated.


The subject of the entry should be carefully chosen so it is appropriate to the class entered.

An introduction sheet that sets out how the entry has been laid out, is now essential. This should cover what the entry includes and how the subject is developed. The entry should have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

In this way, the sheet should ensure that a reader or a judge who may be unfamiliar with the subject, can understand what is being displayed.

Philatelic Knowledge & Personal Study of the Exhibitor

The entry should demonstrate a full and accurate appreciation of the subject, including some detailed information thereon, add some new information and show overall that the entrant is demonstrating a knowledge of the subject.

Originality and Philatelic Importance of the Subject

The philatelic relevance of the subject should be clearly demonstrated in the exhibit, even if the philatelic content is limited.

The originality of approach to a subject, especially the open class, is important.

Relative Condition and Rarity               

The condition of the material being exhibited is really important.  Age and rarity may be taken into account.

Generally, on the Presentation, Write up and Arrangement

The positioning of material relative to sheet and frame level is important to make the presentation attractive.

Entries can be on album pages or sheets of relevant-sized paper.

The write-up must be legible and can be of any means – hand, printed/typewritten (with spelling vita) and the entries must be securely mounted. Arrows are useful to indicate a specific point, error etc 

Postal history exhibits may need a map to explain a route taken. All pages should be numbered on the back to facilitate displaying in the correct order.