BNAPS WRITING AWARDS
Each year BNAPS recognizes writers who contribute to BNA Philately.
The Vincent G. Greene Award is given for the 'Best Article or Series in BNA TOPICS' during the previous calendar year. The award is named for one of the Canada's legendary philatelists, the late Vincent Graves Greene, OTB, a lifelong advocate of Canada and B.N.A. philately. Recipients are selected by the Board of Directors from a list of recommendations prepared by members of the Publications Committee. The award is a handsome pewter stein adorned with the BNAPS crest or logo on which the year of the award and the recipient's name are engraved.
The Major E.R. Toop Military Literature Award was named in honour of E.R. 'Ritch' Toop, OTB, a renowned military postal historian and author. The award is presented to the author of the 'Best Book, Article or Series on Canadian Military Postal History' appearing in any publication in the previous calendar year. A panel selected by the Canadian Military Mail Study Group chooses recipients. The award consists of a stylized certificate and cash honorarium.
The Vincent G. Greene Award for 'Best Article or Series in BNA Topics'during the calendar year 2005 was presented (at BNAPEX 2006) to Christopher D. Ryan for his article "The excise tax on cheques & other commercial paper, 1915-53" which appeared in BNA Topics, Volume 62, No. 4. The committee responsible for the Major E.R. "Ritch" Toop Military Literature Award decided that there were no successful candidates in 2005.
For the calendar year 2004 Colin D. Lewis of Swansea, Wales received the Vincent G. Greene Award for his article "Newfoundland Oporto Mail 1810-1865" in BNA TOPICS 2004Q4 (Whole Number 501). (Colin's article was also chosen by the Collector's Club of Chicago as the winner of the Robert Pratt Award for the best article on the philately of Newfoundland in 2004.) The committee responsible for the Major E.R. "Ritch" Toop Military Literature Award decided that there were no successful candidates in 2004.
The recipients of the Greene and Toop awards for calendar year 2003 were announced at BNAPEX 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Greene Award was give jointly to Lola Caron of Quebec City and Jean Walton of Califon, New Jersey for their article Magdalen Islands Postal History II: Post Offices. The winner of the Toop award for 2003 was Steven Luciuk of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for his article Remembering the Korean War which appeared in BNA TOPICS.
For the calendar year 2002, C. R. (Ron) McGuire was selected as the winner of BOTH the Vincent G. Greene and Major E.R. "Ritch" Toop Military Literature Awards. The Greene award recognized Ron's Canada Postal Guide and Post Office Architecture articles, while the Toop award was given for his article on Canada's Force 'C' in the Military Collectors' Club of Canada Journal. The awards were announced at BNAPEX 2003 in London, Ontario. In addition to winning these BNAPS awards, in 2002 Ron McGuire actually completed a writing 'hat trick'. He was also chosen by the Collector's Club of Chicago as the winner of the Robert Pratt Award for the best article on the philately of Newfoundland for his series on the SS Caribou in the Postal History Society of Canada Journal.
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