St. Pete Shell Show Awards

NATIONAL MUSEUM of NATURAL HISTORY AWARD

The entrant may be any private collector (or club. school or group of amateurs) who maintains a mollusk collection of their own. Not eligible are persons who are employed by a large endowed or university supported museum, or persons engaged in the sale of mollusks as a business. To be considered for this award the exhibit must be entered in categories # 1 through 18.

Exhibit: Any subject, theme or selection of specimens may be used. The specimens used in the exhibit must be owned by the exhibitor. Professional advice in preparation of the exhibit is permissible, but acknowledgment must be included in the exhibit.

JUDGING: The exhibit will be judged on the following:

JUDGES: The judges shall be appointed by the officers of the club. At least one judge shall not be a member of the club.

CONCHOLOGIST OF AMERICA AWARD:

  1. The COA award is presented by the judges to the exhibit of mollusks which the judges feel shows overall excellence and best advances the interest in shells and shell collecting.
  2. An exhibit by a shell dealer or professional malacologist is not eligible for the C0A trophy unless the exhibit is made up of entirely self-collected shells.
  3. The trophy must be given to blue-ribbon winning exhibits only.
  4. It shall not be given to an exhibit receiving another major award at the same show during the same year. However, it may be given to an exhibit that has won another major award at a previous shell show anywhere and/or any previous year. (Major award is defined as The Museum of Natural History, COA, American Museum of Natural History, or the Dupont Award).
  5. It may not be awarded twice to the same exhibit, but there is no limit to the number of times an exhibitor may win with different exhibits.

DUPONT TROPHY:

  1. This award is presented by the Delaware Museum of Natural History for the most outstanding exhibit of the shell show. Exhibit must be the property of an amateur collector or group, which in the opinion of the judges, will be the most inspiring and instructive for its: educational value, scientific accuracy, and attractiveness.
  2. It may only be awarded to a blue ribbon winner, and may not be awarded to any exhibit which has previously won it in this or any other shell show, or any commercial dealer or professional malacologist.

FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY PLATINUM AWARD:

  1. This premium trophy, presented by the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, CAN ONLY BE awarded to an exhibit that has previously won a major award such as the COA Award, Dupont Trophy, National Museum of Natural History Award, or the American Museum of Natural History Award. This award was established to give MAJOR AWARD WINNING exhibitors a chance to present their exhibit FOR a premium award. The exhibit will be eligible for any major award other than the one that the exhibit previous won.
  2. Original format of the exhibit cannot be changed more than 10%. Proof of eligibility will be required. It may not be awarded to any commercial dealer or professional malacologist. You must indicate on the entry form that you are eligible for the FMNH Platinum Award and the original trophy that the exhibit won. You must also indicate on the entry blank which of the other major awards you are eligible for.

SHELL OF THE SHOW:

The most outstanding single shell from any exhibit. Every shell in competition is eligible.

SHELL OF THE SHOW SELF-COLLECTED:

The most outstanding single shell of the show collected from its natural habitat by the exhibitor. Self collected shells to be considered for this award that are not entered in the SELF COLLECTED category (# 13) or ONE SINGLE SPECIMEN SELF COLLECTED category (# 5) should be indicated by placing a colored star on or near the identification label. For additional information see show Rules # 8.

SELMA "SAMMY" LAWSON AWARD

This award has been given in honor of Sammy Lawson, in recognition of her devotion and dedication to the St. Petersburg Shell Club since 1948. Each scientific exhibit in competition is automatically entered. Exhibit will be judged on beauty of arrangement, selection of shells for color and balance, and artistic skill of the exhibitor - not just beautiful shells. It may not be awarded twice to the same exhibit, but there is no limit to the number of times an exhibitor may win with different exhibits.

DOROTHY HANSSLER TROPHY

This will be given to the best Florida-Caribbean collection entered in categories 1-17. Any exhibit not entered in the Florida Caribbean category, must have something in the case that identifies the total exhibit as “Florida-Caribbean”. The award may not be given twice to the same exhibit.

BEST SCIENTIFIC LESS THAN 10 FEET

Any exhibit in the Scientific Division with a total length of 10 feet or less is eligible for this award. The award will be presented at the sole discretion of the judges. The award may not be given twice to the same exhibit.

ALICE MONROE EDUCATIONAL AWARD

This award is presented in memory of Alice Monroe, a person that loved to educate people about shells. The exhibit does not have to be entered in the Educational Category as any display in which the prime object is to teach is eligible. Exhibits must include information over and above labeling in order to qualify for this award.

EARL CLARK ARTISTIC TROPHY

This award is given in honor of Earl Clark to the best Artistic Exhibit in Categories 20 through26.

JUDGES SPECIAL

Each judge in the Scientific or Artistic category may award a ribbon to the exhibit of their choice.

FLORENCE KUCZYNSKI AWARD FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE

This will be chosen by the general public. They will cast a ballot for their favorite exhibit in the show.

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