There were eighty literature entries for this show, judged on 15-16 July before the exhibition opened. The judging team consisted of Lim Sa Bee ( Singapore ), Robin Gwynn ( New Zealand , team leader) and Geoffrey Kellow ( Australia ), with Luis Fernando Diaz ( Costa Rica ) who was cross-accrediting.
Entries were divided into three sub-classes: philatelic books and research papers published on or after 1 January 2007; philatelic magazines and periodicals, a whole annual volume issued after 1 January 2010 being required; and catalogues published after 1 January 2010. A number of entries were reassigned within these categories.
Total awards made were:
Hors Concours 6
The two gold awards were for The Postal History of the Canary Islands (2 volumes) in the book section, and the Philatelic Service of Finland Special Stamp Catalogue, LAPE I-II in the catalogue section. These both received special prizes, as did the Vaccari Sicilia 1859 – Comparative Plates of Stamps (for outstanding illustration quality) and the “Marka” Philatelic Magazine (best periodical).
The most common reason for entries being ruled out of competition (3, plus a two-volume entry of which only one volume was judged) was that they did not fall within the specified dates. Two entries were not primarily philatelic. One entry was a CD only (rather than a book which incorporated a CD), and after discussion the team ruled this was outside the requirement for ‘philatelic books and research papers’; perhaps it would be helpful if the Commission Guidelines included clear guidance that CDs on their own are not normally accepted unless special provisions are advertised.
All works were displayed and readily available for inspection by visitors to the exhibition.
The team thank the organisers for their friendly assistance and the convenient facilities provided, and all entrants for their efforts in developing philatelic knowledge and making it more readily available.
2 July 2012