It is now essential in national and international
competition that each exhibit, no matter what
class, should have an introductory page which
explains what the exhibit is trying to show. The
Hampshire Philatelic Federation has adopted this
change and therefore requires an introductory page
for all classes. The introductory page (also called
the Title Page) is intended to give structure,
scope and content to the viewer and should include
something pictorial (e.g. a map, proof, or cover).
The introductory page is usually the first sheet of
the 16 or 32 sheet exhibit.
The collecting of postage stamps, proofs, essays,
colour trials and such items, and the specific
study of stamps mint or used and including usage.
Entries may include stamps of any countries, may
cover any period of time and be specialised or non
This class covers the study of stamps, stickers,
envelopes and covers relating to any form of
airmail transmission of mail, whether official or
unofficial. Entries may contain items commemorating
aerial meetings and events. Relevant
advertisements, photographs, notices, press
cuttings, maps, leaflets and so on may be included
as are absolutely necessary, as may autographed
letters relating to aero postal history. Entries
which consist solely of airmail stamps will also be
judged in this class.
Postal History Class
The study of postal services, routes, rates, postal
markings of any form related to the carriage of
mails. (This category does not include mint or
unused stamps or stationery). Postal history
entries should consist of material ranging from pre
adhesive entires and letters, to stamped or
stampless covers of the present day. Postmarks and
cancellations, whether on loose stamps, pieces, or
covers, may be included together with a limited
quantity of appropriate collateral or associated
items, provided that the principal part of the
entry is material conveyed by post.
Postal Stationery Class
The study of all items of stationery issued by
postal authorities including postcards,
lettercards, envelopes, registered envelopes,
newspaper wrappers, aerograms, parcel cards and
A collection of all the above aspects, combined
into a common theme such as "The meaning of
Christmas", "The world of Flowers" and similar
approaches. Sometimes referred to as Topical
collecting, but different from Subject collecting
(for example "Flowers on stamps"). The range of
themes is limited only by the imagination and
inventiveness of the collector and exhibitor. This
class employs a wide range of philatelic skills.
Entries based on a theme are developed according to
a logical plan and by the use of appropriate
philatelic material. The entry should have an
introductory page which contains a plan of the
entire exhibit, and this plan must be fully
consistent with the title of the entry. The plan
should define the structure of the entry and the
division of it into parts: it should cover all
aspects of the chosen theme. The plan has to be
laid out in accordance with the demands of the
theme itself, and should not be merely a
classification by issue date and/or country of
issue. Each item selected for the entry must be
strictly related to the chosen theme, and this
relationship has to be of a postal nature and not
consist of privately produced items. Entrants are
advised to ensure that they include only genuine
postage stamps, and omit those items that are
regarded as being of a dubious or undesirable
nature. Philatelic items (e.g. stamps and
documents) represent the essential elements of a
thematic entry. Non philatelic items should not
normally be included, and if maps, drawings or
photographs are felt to be essential to the
development of the theme, they should be kept to an
For the purposes of this competition, these are
defined as material not recognised for the
international transmission of mail but accepted as
being issued locally or generally for the
transmission of messages or packages (e.g. local,
railway or telegraph), or for the collection of non
This class gives an exhibitor complete freedom to present an exhibit on any subject using up to 50% of
non-philatelic items. The non-philatelic material must not be thicker than 5 mm so as to be able to fit
into standard exhibition frames. Open Philately definition has tried to keep rules to a minimum to make
exhibiting more accessible and to allow for more creativity.
Those exhibitors who have previously entered HAMPEX with 'Social Class' exhibits should note that HAMPEX does not
support such a class and should consider entering an exhibit that follows these Open Philately guidelines.
Guidelines for Open Philately Exhibits
These guidelines are based on the ABPS guidelines (ABPS InterFed 2011 National Competition) for assisting the jury to judge the individual exhibits
and to help the exhibitors to develop their exhibits. One of the most important aims with the Open Class is to
The Open Philately Exhibit
At least 50% of the material (not numbers of items) must be of a philatelic nature.
It is not a requirement that non-philatelic material must be used, but a lack of non-philatelic material will
influence the judging of 'Treatment' as well as 'Material'. This is neither measured by counting individual philatelic and non-philatelic items nor by measuring
how much space the items cover on the pages. Some topics lend themselves to more non-philatelic items than others.
Standing back and looking at a page, a frame, and across several frames, it is not so difficult to judge if there is a
reasonable distribution of both kinds of material in the exhibit.
Open Philately Judging Considerations
Title, Idea, and Creativity
An imaginative title which covers the topic and an original idea must be rewarded.
A plan explaining the development of the exhibit is necessary. The plan should not include an extensive text,
but a logical division of the topic in sections, to provide an idea of the contents of the exhibit for the jury
and the public.
The development of the exhibit must follow the plan and expand through explanatory text on the individual pages.
This text must be placed in connection with the relevant items.
Research should be interpreted in a wider meaning and generally show the exhibitor's thorough knowledge of the topic.
This knowledge is documented through the choice of material and the use of brief but sufficient text.
Condition and rarity are evaluated separately for the two aspects of material with a maximum of half of the total
number of 15 points for each aspect.
It is expected that exhibitors exploit the possibilities available with the use of non-philatelic material in the
development of the topic.
It is expected that exhibitors use a varied choice of non-philatelic material and not just postcards and other
The overall impression is important. Does the exhibit show itself to the public to its best advantage?
Are all aspects presented with attention and care? Large areas with text do not increase the accessibility of the exhibit.
Special Regulations for the Evaluation of Open
Class Exhibits. The basis of
these Special Regulations is the General
Regulations of the FIP for the Evaluation of
Competitive Exhibits at FIP Exhibitions
Examples of exhibition write-ups
The History of Finland
North Atlantic Mail
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the HAMPEX Organising Committee
members. For guidance on International Competition
and Exhibiting review the General Regulations of
the FIP for the Evaluation of Competitive Exhibits
at FIP Exhibitions on the FIP website below.