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:
FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY PLATINUM AWARD:
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.
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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