BNAPEX 2021 VIRTUAL 2-6 September 2021

Exhibits    Les collections

The BNAPEX 2021 Virtual convention will feature an online competitive exhibition. The exhibit classes, frame limits, exhibit rules, judging, and awards will be similar to physical conventions. There are three major differences:

  • Exhibits are displayed online rather than mounted in frames. Each exhibit page is displayed as a separate image.
  • Viewing isn't constrained to the tight three-day window imposed by a physical convention. Exhibits are displayed from the time they are submitted, between mid July and late August, until they are removed from the website on 1 November.
  • Best of all, there are NO FRAME FEES! And no insurance hassles, no transportation worries.

Non-competitive exhibits are also welcome. First time exhibitor? Want to spark interest in, or get feedback about, your area of specialization from fellow collectors? A non-competitive exhibit avoids the judging pressures and the frame fees.


Who can exhibit

Exhibitors must be members of BNAPS. You can exhibit under a pseudonym. Make your wishes known when you submit your Exhibit Entry Form.

Entry forms must be submitted between 15 April and 10 July. This period is divided into an initial acceptance period and a subsequent acceptance period as described in the Exhibition Prospectus.

Exhibit pages must be submitted between 12 July and 24 August. They will be posted on the website as they are submitted.

Who can view the exhibits

BNAPEX 2021 Virtual is open to BNAPS members and non-members; however, everyone must register on the BNAPS website to "attend" the convention. Registration is free. It begins in the latter part of July. Only registered individuals will be given access to exhibits and study group seminars.

Exhibition Prospectus and Exhibit Entry Form

Here is the Exhibition Prospectus:

Two versions of the Exhibit Entry Form are available.

  • Enter your exhibit online and upload your synopsis and title page directly to the website. The online form is accessible only to BNAPS members. You will be prompted to log in when you click the button.
  • Download the PDF form, fill it out, and email it along with the synopsis and title page to the Exhibits Coordinator, Dave Bartlet, at

How to upload exhibit pages

Each exhibit page must be a separate image (jpg/jpeg or png) file. File names MUST conform to the rules specified in the Exhibition Prospectus.

Exhibit pages can be uploaded to the website during the exhibit submission period, 12 July to 24 August. To upload your exhibit, click on the "Online Form" button above. You can upload multiple files in one operation; however, you are limited to an aggregate file size of about 16 MB, and as you approach the limit, the file upload will be noticeably slow, on the order of 15 to 20 seconds.


Questions about this virtual exhibition should be directed to the Exhibits Coordinator, David Bartlet, by email:

Exhibit Synopsis and Judging

Guidelines for synopsis preparation and information on judging at BNAPEX exhibitions are available below.

As a specialist society, BNAPS has developed its own Judging Guidelines for BNAPEX exhibits. However, the following references offer useful suggestions and guides for the preparation of exhibits.

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) has published an informative series articles covering various aspects of exhibiting by David Piercey in its journal, The Canadian Philatelist. These articles are available online at the RPSC website. To date, the articles have explored such topics as designing the title page, producing an effective exhibit synopsis, preparing that first exhibit, and the importance of planning, telling a story, presentation, and research.

The American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors (AAPE) website has articles about creating an exhibit, preparing the synopsis and title page, and judging criteria (but note that the AAPE rules apply to AAPE awards). The website also offers examples of successful exhibits.

The Online Resources and Exhibits (ORE) area of the BNAPS website has several examples of award-winning exhibits, many of them shown at previous BNAPEX conventions.

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