IntroductionThere are four Competitions for which the awards are:
- R. A. G. Lee Cup, donated by Ronald A. G. Lee, the founder of the Society, for an entry devoted to stamps.
- Martin Willcocks Award, donated by Martin Willcocks who was President 1980-1982, for an entry of postal history.
- MacPherson Cup, donated by Revd R. MacPherson who died in 1977, for an entry on any philatelic subject by a member who has not received any previous award in competitive philately.
- Theo Jones Open Class Salver, presented in memory of Theo Jones who died in 1996, for an entry on any philatelic subject, which can contain material not eligible for inclusion in the other Competitions.
In addition there are two Special Awards for Overseas Members: a) for stamps, and b) for postal history. Colour photocopies (full size) will be judged. Note: the Competition for Overseas Members takes place every three years, i.e. 2015, 2018, 2021 etc.
- Entrants must complete an entry form for each entry they intend to submit. The form must be received by the Competition Organiser by the date specified thereon. Arrangements for the receipt of entries are given on the form.
- While every care will be taken of the entries, the Society and its officers accept no responsibility for loss or damage to any entry while it is in the possession of the Society. Members are advised to make their own arrangements for the insurance of their entries.
- Entries will be returned by the same means as they are received unless other arrangements have been made with the Competition Organiser. The cost of returning entries will be paid by the Society.
- Entries must be the sole property of the entrant.
- Entrants may submit more than one entry in any Competition and for more than one Competition for which they are eligible.
- Entries that have previously won an award (excluding the Secretaries' Cup) in any of the Competitions cannot be entered again unless a substantial amount of material is different.
- The Competitions shall be judged by three judges, one of whom shall be the President, a Vice-President or a Past President.
- The Judges shall be absolved from declaring a winner if they consider that none of the entries deserves an award or if there is only one entry in the Competition.
- The Judges reserve the right to re-allocate an entry or to exclude any sheet they consider to be ineligible in the Competition for which it is entered.
- The sheet size should normally be not more than 290 mm high and 230 mm wide, but larger sheets may be accepted if they can be adequately displayed. The Competition Organiser should be consulted first.
- All sheets must be enclosed in an individual protective cover and numbered on the front top-right corner.
- The first sheet should be used as an introductory page, defining the subject and scope of the entry. An entry will not be penalised if the first sheet does not contain any philatelic items.
- Winners can retain the trophy for one year; it shall be engraved with the winner's name at the Society's expense. A winner will also receive a certificate signed by the President of the Society.
R. A. G. Lee Cup
Martin Willcocks Award
Theo Jones Open Class Salver
The Secretaries' Cup
Overseas Membersí Awards
MarkingThe marking of entries will be in line with the current ABPS marking structure. Entries for the R. A. G. Lee Cup, Martin Willcocks Award, and the MacPherson Cup will have marks allocated as follows:
|Treatment and Importance||Treatment||20||30|
|Knowledge and Research||Knowledge||20||35|
|Research and Personal Study||15|
|Condition and Rarity||Condition||10||30|
Entries for the Theo Jones Open Class Salver will have marks allocated as follows:
|Treatment and Importance||Title and Plan||5||35|
|Knowledge and Research||Philatelic Knowledge and Research||15||30|
|Non-Philatelic Knowledge and Research||15|
|Condition and Rarity||Condition||10||30|
- It is important that entrants have given careful thought to the subject selected for the Competition entry so that an appropriate balance, depth and breadth is maintained.
- The first sheet, the introductory page, is designed to be used by the entrant to define the subject and scope of the entry.
- For display to the Judges and members each entry will be arranged in four rows of four sheets. However, in the MacPherson Cup, if fewer than sixteen sheets are submitted the entrant can specify in a note to the Competition Organiser how they are to be displayed.
- Entrants should consider the overall appearance of their entry when the sheets are displayed.
- The Judges, if requested by individual entrants, will comment on the entries if there is opportunity so to do.
- If you have any queries regarding the rules or want advice on preparing your entry, contact the Competition Organiser.
GBPS Annual Competitions Entry FormAn entry form, containing full details of entry deadlines and procedures, can be downloaded here.
Download the entry form