Thematic Judging Criteria & Points
While similar, the criteria for judging thematic exhibits at APS National shows differs from that at FIP international shows in one key area: FIP judges award up to five points for innovation in treatment of the subject matter of the exhibit. The APS does not necessarily take this into consideration. The following table lays out the criteria and points awarded for both APS and FIP thematic exhibitions.
Title, plan, development, balance, comprehensiveness
Subject importance, philatelic importance
Knowledge, Personal Study and Research
Challenge, difficulty of acquisition
Physical condition and appearance in light of quality obtainable
General layout, free from distractions