The Society holds annual philatelic competitions open to all members. The "Society Competition" is formal and the "Members' Competition" less so. The "Single Sheet" competition is self explanatory.

Society Competition

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. Entries within each class can consist of 9 (junior entries only), 16 or 32 sheets.

Competition Classes

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. A Society Trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring 16 or 32 sheet entry in each of the following categories:

It helps the Competition Secretary and the Judges to have sight of what will be shown on competition evening. So please help them by completing an Entry Form in good time. Return it to the Competition Secretary together with a scan of your first (introductory) page.

Competition Categories

  1. The Sixteen and Thirty-two Sheet Competitions
    1. The Fassnidge Plate   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of Traditional stamps.
    2. The Basil Owen Award   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of Postal History.
    3. The Bob McDonald Trophy   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of Aerophilately.
    4. The John Stockley Rose Bowl   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) in the Thematic class.
    5. National Westminster Bank Trophy   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) in the Open class.
    6. Millennium Trophy    16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of Revenues.
    7. Adams Cup Postal    16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of Postal Stationery.
    8. The Sharman Trophy   16 or 32 sheets (including introductory page) of Picture Postcards.
  2. Other Competitions
    1. The Marianne Trophy   One single sheet entry in any philatelic class. No additional sheet for explanation is required. This competition will be judged by the Society members present.
    2. Members Competition Shield    Awarded to the winner of the informal Members' Competition that can include entries of less than 16 sheets (see rules below).
    3. The Vernon Junior Medal   Up to 9 sheets in any class entered by a Junior Member (age limits in accordance with national rules).

The Gordon Thorne Trophy is awarded to the best overall winning entry from either the sixteen or thirty-two sheet competitions. 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.

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Competition General Rules

Members' Competition Shield Rules

The Members' Competition is far less structured than the traditional Society Competition evening and more of a fun event and opportunity to display your material.

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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. The marking scheme follows that of the HPF Competitions shown here.

The resources listed below may be helpful:

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History behind the Trophies

Our competition trophies are named after past members. John Dorrington has kindly researched the history shown here.

Gordon ThorneBest display in Annual Competitions
Gordon was founder of the S&DPS and first Chairman 1932- 1939 and 1946-1950, First President 1950-1959
The Fassnidge PlateForeign collection
Mrs. Fassnidge offered a set of the UPU stamps of the whole world for sale in 1958 to buy an annual trophy for the best 'Foreign Collection' display.
The Basil Owen AwardPostal History
A long standing member, presented by him in 1985.
The Bob McDonald TrophyAerophilately
In his memory, at his widow's request, the sale of his collection paid for a handmade woodwork trophy made by member Peter Holmes embracing a picture of Imperial Airways 'Sea Eagle'.
The John Stockley Rose BowlThematic
Presented by John in 1984 when he stood down after 11 years as Chairman and subsequently become President.
National Westminster Bank TrophyOpen Class
Raymond Brown, manager of National Westminster Bank in Totton and Society treasurer in 1971.
Millennium TrophySocial Philately
Booklet compiled by John Dorrington and John Berridge to mark the Millennium won Bronze award in Literature Class at Glasgow 2000. Mounted as a trophy for Social Philately class.
Adams CupPostal Stationery
Member, Mr. Adams, presented a cup for competition in 1958 specifically "to encourage the Society's own members to present and speak about their own collections."
The Sharman TrophyPicture Postcards
E.A.Sharman, elected as Society's first librarian in 1946, presented the cup in 1947.
The Vernon Junior MedalJunior Competition
J.M.Vernon (organised a Junior Section in 1949). Presented medal for their competition in 1951.
The Marianne TrophySingle sheet entry, any class
Presented by the French Society in Le Havre in 1995 on their annual exchange visit.

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