American Philatelic Society
Society Exhibit Awards

Society Award Criteria form. Societies use this form to submit an award or to update your current award listings below.

American Air Mail Society

Medal and Ribbon - The Struck Medallion of Winged Globe Available to national, regional, and local shows with 3 or more airmail exhibits.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: Matt Heller 4123 Gladney Drive Atlanta GA 30340;
Email: [email protected]

American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors

Creativity Award - Available to WSP shows with accredited juries.

Gold Award of Honor (Pin) - Available to WSP shows.

Silver Award of Honor (Pin) - Available to local/regional shows.

Novice Award - Best exhibit by a first time exhibitor. Available to national shows.
Criteria for above awards available in .pdf

Silver Awards of Honor - to recognize and encourage exhibitors who have worked hard for excellence of presentation, but who have not been awarded a Gold award at the show. Criteria for Silver award available in .pdf

Contact: Joan Harmer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (914)962-2652

Award of Excellence - Plan and Headings - for the title page that a jury feels is a prime example of excellence. Available to WSP shows.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: Liz Hisey; Email: [email protected]

Youth Grand Award - Available to WSP shows (may only be given to an exhibit once a year).

Contact: Vesma Grinfelds, Email: [email protected]

American First Day Cover Society

Certificates - Available to all shows with open competitions.

AFDCS Exhibit Award - Available if two or more First Day Cover Exhibits.

Contact: Randy Smith, P.O. Box 2085, Minneapolis, MN 55402;
Phone: 952-431-3273; Email: [email protected]

American Helvetia Philatelic Society

Bronze Medal - for WSP shows with 2 or more Swiss or Liechtenstein related exhibits by different exhibitors.

Certificate - for any national, regional, or local show with 2 or more Swiss or Liechtenstein related exhibits.

Sophie Buser Memorial Youth Award - any U.S. show, at least a two frame exhibit and exhibitor no older than 18.
Criteria for above awards available in .pdf

Contact: Michael Peter, P.O. Box 50256, St. Louis, MO 63105;
Email: [email protected]

American Philatelic Congress

Copy of the American Philatelic Congress Book - Automatically sent to WSP shows for an exhibit which best exemplifies clear, concise write-ups that aid viewer understanding of the subject matter. May be given to any class of exhibit including Single Frame, Youth, or Display.
Criteria for above award available in .pdf

Contact: Charles Wooster
Email: [email protected]

American Philatelic Society
  WSP accredited shows and shows hosting the national meeting of an APS affiliate or a state or regional federation of clubs:

Four (4) Awards of Excellence - (pre 1900, 1900-1940, 1940-1980, and post 1980)

One (1) Research Award - (1 or 2 if also hosting a literature competition)
Criteria for above awards available in .pdf

Other Shows sponsored by an APS Chapter with at least 5 competitive exhibits:

Certificate - Any exhibition sponsored by an APS Chapter which does not meet the criteria for presentation of APS Medals of Excellence and the APS Research Medal.

Contact: Amy Larimer, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823;
Phone: 814-933-3803 ext. 225; Email: [email protected]

American Revenue Association

Best Revenue Exhibit - for WSP or National shows where there is an ARA meeting. Must have three or more revenue exhibits.

Single-Frame Award - for shows where there is an ARA meeting.

Criteria for above awards available in .pdf

Contact: Paul A. Nelson, 8111 East Broadway, Apt 244, Tucson 85711;
Phone: 520-891-6757; Email: [email protected]

American Topical Association

For All Shows Regardless of Number of Frames in Competition:
   First Award (All shows - medal and ribbon)
   One-frame Award (Medal and ribbon)
   Youth Award (Medal and ribbon)

For shows with 30+ frames:
   First Award (All shows - medal and ribbon)
   Second & Third Awards (30+ Frames - Medals and ribbon)
   One-frame Award (All shows - Medal and ribbon)
   Youth Award (All shows - medal and ribbon)

Criteria for above awards available in .pdf

Contact: Lynn Vernon, ATA Awards Coordinator, 8430 Iris Rd., Plymouth, IN 46563-9055;
Email: [email protected]

Auxiliary Markings Club

Award of Merit - exhibit must have won a national Silver Award or better and include a treatment of auxiliary markings. It is open to any exhibit in a National (WSC) stamp exhibition.

Criteria for above awards available in .pdf

Contact: Matthew Liebson;
Phone: 216-308-0519
Email: [email protected]

British Caribbean Philatelic Study Groups

Medal for Multi-Frame Exhibit - any national show with multi-frame British Caribbean exhibits. Exhibit must receive silver or higher in open competition.

Medal for Single-Frame Exhibit - any national show with a single-frame British Caribbean exhibit. Exhibit must receive silver or higher in open competition.

Contact: Paul A. Larsen, P.O. Box 426, Park Forest, IL 60466;
Email: [email protected]

British North America Philatelic Society

Best BNA Exhibit - Best BNA material includes Canada & British Colonies in North America.

Best BNA 2'n'4 - Best BNA exhibit with 2,3, or 4 frames.

Best BNA Research Award - For demonstrating significant research.

BNAPS Elizabethan Study Group Award - Best BNA exhibit of Elizabethan era material.
Criteria for above awards available in .pdf

Contact: Dave Freeman, 403-281-0500;
Email: [email protected]

Canal Zone Study Group

Awards available to World Series Shows for both single- and multi-frame exhibits.

Bronze medal for new exhibitors at WSP level or International FIP level.
Criteria for above awards available in .pdf

Contact: David Zemer, P.O. Box 654, Skoyen N-0214, Oslo Norway

China Stamp Society

Best China Exhibit Award available at each WSP show.
Award: Book
CSS membership required: No
Criteria: The best exhibit of Chinese philatelic material (as defined below) that received a Vermeil (or better) medal. A single-frame exhibit can win, but deference should be given to multi-frame exhibits. If there is only one China exhibit it may nevertheless win the award.
“Chinese philatelic material” is defined as stamps, postal history, postal stationary and revenues of Imperial China, Republic of China, Taiwan, People's Republic of China, Communist Regional Issues, Japanese Occupation of China, Formosa 1886-1895, Shanghai Local Post, the Treaty Ports, Foreign Offices in China, Hong Kong, Tibet, Mongolia, Manchukuo, Manchurian Local Overprints and Macao. A de minimis amount of material not listed here may be included. If the exhibit is of Foreign Offices a majority of the exhibit must be of the Foreign Offices in China.

Contact: H. James Maxwell, 1050 W. Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64145-1216;
Phone: 816-210-1234; Email: [email protected]

Christmas Seal and Charity Stamp Society

Best Christmas Seal and Charity Stamp Society Award - must win silver medal or better.

Emily Bissell Award - best Christmas seal or charity seal exhibit earning at least a sliver medal.

Contact: Cliff Irving, Email: [email protected]

Collectors Club of Chicago

Collectors Club of Chicago Gold Medallion Award - Available only to APS-sponsored WSP Shows, and to select major international exhibition events.
Criteria available in .pdf

Collectors Club of Chicago Award of Excellence - Available only for the annual APS-sponsored GASS event, and to a once-a-year select major international exhibition.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: Charles E. Cwiakala, 1527 S. Fairview Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068-5211; Email: [email protected]

Empire State Postal History Society

Best New York Postal History Society - Exhibit must win a national gold or vermeil. Available to shows with competitive exhibits open to the public with a minumum of two NYS postal history exhibits.

Contact: George DeKornfield; Email: [email protected]

Eire Philatelic Association

Medal - all international and national shows with 3 or more multi-frame Irish exhibits. An exhibit may win the medal only once and must receive a silver or higher in open competition.

Certificate - all international and national shows with 2 or more Irish exhibits

Contact: Richard Kelly, PO Box 927, Naperville, IL 60566;
Email: [email protected]

Elizabethan II Study Group of BNAPS

Award - White Queen pin and a one year subscription to the Corgi Times the study group newsletter. Available to any local, regional, or national show provided the show has 200 pages of exhibited material. If over 500 pages a second "White Queen" may be awarded.

Pin(s) available to all shows (Local, Regional or National)

Contact: Jon Johnson, 39 Highgrove Cres SW, Calgary, AB T2V 3K8 Canada;
Email: [email protected]

Ephemera Society of America

Certificate – given to anyone who uses a significant amount of ephemera in an exhibit. Under current guidelines that would include any display division, postcard class or advertising cover (section two of illustrated mail division). It is non-competitive, an exhibitor can only receive one certificate for a given exhibit.

Contact: Art Groten, P.O. Box 30, Fishkill, NY 12524;
Email: [email protected]

Errors, Freaks, and Oddities Collectors Club

1st and 2nd Ribbons - available to all shows.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: Cemil Betanov
Email: [email protected]

German Colonies Collectors Group

Col. W.E. Davis Award - can only be won once and restricted to multi-frame exhibits. Exhibit must receive vermeil or higher in open competition.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: Paul A. Larsen, P.O. Box 426, Park Forest, IL 60466;
Phone: 708-747-1444; Email: [email protected]

Germany Philatelic Society

Gold, Silver, Bronze Medals - national shows with 3 or more German exhibits.

Bronze Medal - local shows

Criteria: For WSP shows (excepting the GPS National Meeting), a small gold medal, a small silver medal, and a small bronze medal are offered, for the best three exhibits, in order. These medals are not based on the show’s medal level. Judges are not required to give all medals. A minimum of three German area exhibits are required. For non-WSP (local) shows, a single small bronze medal is available for the best German area exhibit. All awards require application of the show chair or show awards chair.

For Germany Philatelic Society National Meetings the following awards are given out for German Area exhibits: Grand and Reserve Grand and Best One Frame exhibits (minimum of three German area exhibits), large GPS medals corresponding to the medal level at the convening show, and the Hermann Halle Research Award. The small medals are not awarded at the National Meeting. See Awards for more information and past winners.

GPS Special Prize - available to APS-certified exhibitions or shows. The award may be given to any exhibit, topic or category and is not limited to Germany-area exhibits. Award consists of a year's subscription to the Society's gold-award winning publication and one of its award-winning books.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: Rainer Jaeschke, Sec./Treas. Germany Philatelic Society, P.O. Box 130845, St. Paul, MN 55113;
Phone: 859-802-0569 (cell); Email: [email protected]

Great Britain Collectors Club

Tom Current GBCC Founders Award - A piece of Wedgewood pottery for the best exhibit related to Great Britain philately. Available only to shows hosting the GBCC national convention.

Contact: Steve McGill, 10309 Brookhollow Circle, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129;
Email: [email protected]

India Study Circle

Award - available to WSP shows for the best India related exhibit.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: John Warren, P.O. Box 7326, Washington, DC 20044;
Phone: 202-564-6876; Email: [email protected]

International Philippine Philatelic Society

Eugene A. Garrett Award (Medallion and certificate) - Available to certain national and FIP shows.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: Don Peterson, IPPS Award Coordinator, 7408 Alaska Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20012;
Phone: 301-834-6419 Email: [email protected]

International Society for Portuguese Philately

Only available to national shows with three or more Portuguese related exhibits where the Society meeting or Annual Society meeting is being held.

Contact: Stephen S. Washburne, P. O. Box 43146, Philadelphia PA 19129;
Email: [email protected]

International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors

Youth Merit Award - available to any show displaying 50 or more pages of material by 5 youngsters aged 5-18. The winning entry must show a minimum of 50% worldwide (non-U.S.) philatelic material.

Youth Merit Certificate - any boy or girl scout who earns their Stamp Collecting Merit Badge.
Criteria for above awards available in .pdf

Contact: Richard Rizzo, 18300 Winter Park Ct., Gaithersburg, MD 20879;
Phone: 301-807-3515.

Machine Cancel Society

Machine Cancel Society Award - available to all WSP shows and is awarded to the best exhibit with significant treatment of machine cancels.

Criteria for above awards available in .pdf

Contact: Matt Liebson, Phone: 216-566-5653; Email: [email protected]

Meter Stamp Society

General Exhibit Award - For exhibits that prominently explore one or more of the alternate postage products that the Society follows. The award consists of a cerificate and a two year membership to the MSS.
Criteria for the MSS award is available in .pdf

Contact: David Crotty, P.O. Box 16115, Ludlow, KY 41016-0115

Mexico Elmhurst Philatelic Society International

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals - available only if hosting an annual meeting.

Contact: Dr. Mark Banchik, P.O. Box 222125, Great Neck, NY 11022;
Email: [email protected]

Military Postal History Society

Best MPH Exhibit - 1-10 frame exhibit with a military theme and the exhibit must have won a silver or higher. Must be at least three exhibits pertaining to MPH.

Contact: Jeff Curtis, 912 Jonathan Drive, Plainfield, IN 46168;
Phone: 317-839-0722; Email: [email protected]

Ottoman and Near East Philatelic Society

Turkish Plate and Alternate - Best exhibit by a society member.

Contact: Robert Stuchell, 193 Valley Stream La., Wayne, PA 19087;
Phone: 610-251-2244; Email: [email protected]

The Perfins Club

Jackson Sothern Memorial Globe Award - available if 3 or more Perfin exhibits, must be a member.

Harold W. Krueger Memorial Star Award - awarded to best single frame Perfin exhibit, must be a member.
Criteria for above awards available in .pdf

Contact: Stephen R. Endicott, 20 Greensburgh Lane, San Anselmo, CA 94960;
Phone:415-454-1475; Email: [email protected]

Philatelic Society for Greater Southern Africa

Engraved Paperweight and Certificate - best exhibit featuring the region & Greater Southern Africa including former colonies and countries.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: David McNamee, P.O. Box 37, Alamo, CA 94507;
Phone: 925-934-3847; Email: [email protected]

Plate Number Coil Collectors Club

Presidents Award & Certificate of Achievement - available to all shows with PNC exhibits.

Contact: Paul Bravell, P.O. Box 80333, Ft. Wayne, IN 46898-0333;
Email: [email protected]

Polonus Philatelic Society Awards

Awards are available only at WSP shows at which PPS is a “convening society” and/or conduct its annual meetings.

One does not need to be a Polonus member to be eligible for any Polonus award.

The Polonus Grand Award - for the best multi-frame exhibit of Poland or Polish related material with a minimum participation of at least three multi-frame exhibits competing.

The President’s Award - for the best one-frame exhibit of Poland or Polish related material with at least three one-frame exhibits competing.

The Polonus Novice Award - for a first-time exhibitor who exhibits Poland or Polish related material and is judged the best among first-time exhibitors.

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals - for all multi-frame and one-frame exhibits of Polish or Polish related material.

Polonus Award Certificates - to all exhibitors who are awarded medals.

Contact: Robert Ogrodnik, P.O. Box 240428, Ballwin, MO 63024-0428.;
Email: [email protected]

Postal History Society, Inc.

Postal History Society Award - available to national shows with 6 or more multi-frame Postal History exhibits. Local shows award a certificate only.
Criteria available in .pdf
Please note: This award will automatically be sent to WSP shows along with the APS medals.

Contact: Douglas N. Clark, P.O. Box 427, Marstons Mills, MA 02648

Rossica Society

Rossica Award (Plaque & Ribbon) - available to WSP shows with best Russian-area exhibit. The winning exhibit must be awarded at least a vermeil in the open competition. A qualifying exhibit may win even if it is the only Russian-area exhibit at the show.

President's Award - available to shows that host national and regional Rossica Society meetings. It is awarded on the basis of imagination, innovation, and eye-appeal to an exhibit winning less than a gold in the general competition. .
Criteria for the above awards is available in .pdf

Contact: Raymond J. Pietruszka, 211 Evalyn St., Madison, AL 35758;
Email: [email protected]

Society for Czechoslovak Philately

Medal - available to all WSP shows with three or more Czechoslovak exhibits. .
Criteria for above awards available in .pdf

Contact: R. Tom Cossaboom, P.O. Box 4124, Prescott, AZ 86302;
Email: [email protected]

Society for Hungarian Philately Award

Available to any WSP show which hosts the annual SHP Society meeting.

Contact: H. Alan Hoover, 6070 Poplar Spring Dr., Norcross, GA 30092;
Email: [email protected]

Space Unit

Gold, Silver, and Bronze - available to national shows with Astrophilatelic topical exhibits.

Contact: TBD

Sports Philatelists International

Best of Show - available to any show using APS or ATA accredited judges.

Novice - available to WSP shows.

Best of Show (Youth) - given at the descretion of the judges.
Criteria for above awards available in .pdf

Contact: Mark Maestrone, 2824 Curie Place, San Diego, CA 92122
Email: [email protected]

State Revenue Society

Gold, Silver, or Bronze Medals for National Show - available to any WSP show at which either The State Revenue Society or The American Revenue Association is an official participant.

Medals - may be made available to other open shows, or for other purposes, as may be determined by the Board of Directors of SRS.
Criteria for above awards available in .pdf

Contact: SRS Awards Chairman Ken Pruess, 1441 Urbana Lane, Lincoln, NE 68505;
Email: [email protected]

U.S. Cancellation Club

Best Exhibit of U.S. Cancellation Award - for best multi-frame exhibit. May only be won twice.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: Roger D. Curran, 20 University Club, Lewisburg, PA 17837;
Email: [email protected]

U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, Inc.

Medal - available to national shows with U.S. Classic exhibits, may be won only once every two years for the same exhibit.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: Ms. Jessica Rodriguex, 1525 Santa Monica Ave., San Jose, CA 95118;
Phone: 408-656-0623; Email: [email protected];
Further Information:

U.S. Possessions Philatelic Society (USPPS)

Best USPPS Award - presented for (a) the best single frame and (b) the best multi-frame exhibit of U.S. Possessions related stamps or postal history at any World Series shows at which the USPPS has a recognized presence and the exhibit receives at least a show Vermeil.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: Len McMaster, 27 Fairfield Lane, Capon Bridge, WV 26711-9090;
Phone: 304-856-1118; Email: [email protected];

U.S. Stamp Society

Statue of Freedom Award (WSP Shows) - any WSP show with U.S. Stamp exhibits of postage stamps, revenue stamps and/or stamped paper of the United States.
Criteria available in .pdf

President's Award (Local Shows) - available to any Regional or Local stamp exhibition where the exhibit criteria allows for an open competition.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: Denise Stotts, P.O. Box 690042, Houston, TX 77269;
Email: [email protected]

United Nations Philastelists, Inc. (UNPI)

Medals & Ribbons - available to any show with at least three qualifying exhibits, either multi- or single-frame.

UNPI Presidents Award - awarded to the best exhibit of eligible material by a UNPI member at its annual convention.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: Tony Dewey, 157 Warrenton Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105-3931;
Email: [email protected]

United Postal Stationery Society

Marcus White Award - available to national shows with a multi-frame postal stationery exhibit.
Criteria available in .pdf

One-frame exhibiting award - awarded to the best one-frame postal stationery exhibit in open competition.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: Dr. Cary Finder, P.O. Box 491, Rockville, MD 20848;
Email: [email protected]

Vatican Philatelic Society

Medal & Ribbon - available to any show with one or more Vatican/Roman States exhibits.

Contact: Frederick J. Levitsky, 13 Lesley Avenue, Auburn, MA 01501

Virginia Postal History Society

Patrick Henry Award - exhibit that shows work related to Virginia Postal History. Is allowed to have some non-related material to support the interpretation of Virginia Postal History.

Contact: Robert B. Mayo, 11758 River Crest Dr., Gloucester VA 23061;
Phone: 804-573-9819; Email: [email protected]

Women Exhibitors

Sterling Achievement Award - to recognize an exhibit that has been awarded a bronze, silver-bronze or silver medal. Exhibit must show commendable accomplishment in treatment aspects of exhibit preparation. Available to any show and to any exhibit in any class or division.
Criteria available in .pdf

Contact: Joan Harmer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (914)962-2652

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