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 "EXPO FILABRAS 2024" 
 VIRTUAL PHILATELIC EXHIBITION 
06 April 2024 to 25 April 2024
Informal Exhibition with Simple Judging Standards | Level I Open Exhibition

PARTICIPATE AT EXPO FILABRAS 2024 Application Form
Participation is FREE Costs for Participation = Zero (Registration is Free)
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Rules and V-IREX Rules / V-IREX

The following regulations are observed in EXPO FILABRAS 2024:

Virtuafil Individual Rules for Exhibitions (V-IREX) for EXPO FILABRAS 2024
 
Article 1. Organisation & Languages
  1. EXPO FILABRAS 2024 – VIRTUAL PHILATELIC EXHIBITION (hereafter: EXPO FILABRAS 2024, a competitive virtual philatelic exhibition using the Virtuafil Platform, is hosted by: Associação dos Filatelistas Brasileiros - FILABRAS (Brazil), with the approval of Virtuafil – the Virtual Philately Confederation. The Hosts have appointed the Organizing Committee (OC) to conduct all aspects of the exhibition.
  2. EXPO FILABRAS 2024 will take place on the Virtuafil Platform at the website address https://filabras.org/expo, from 06 April 2024 to 25 April 2024.
  3. The exhibition will have 6 Classes and will accommodate an unlimited number of virtual exhibits.
  4. The exhibition will be held with the approval and under the regulations of the Virtual Philately Confederation (https://virtuafil.org).
  5. To support participation from philatelists world-wide, the official language(s) of EXPO FILABRAS 2024 is/are English, Português and Español. The website and all documents are available in English, Português and Español. Applications may be submitted in English, Português and Español or any language.
Article 2. Regulations and Judging Standards
  1. EXPO FILABRAS 2024 applies the Virtuafil Simple judging standards. The following regulations are observed in EXPO FILABRAS 2024:
Article 3. Classification of Exhibits
  1. The exhibits will be classified in the following Classes:
Non-Competitive Classes
  • Literature (Digital)
  • Non-Competitive Collections
  • Official Websites (Invitation Only)
  • Websites and Social Media (Non-Competitive)
Competitive Classes
  • General Collections
    - 1 Beginner Group
    - 2 Intermediate Group
    - 3 Advanced Group
  • Websites and Social Media (Competitive)
  1. The exhibitor applies for the most appropriate Class. However, the Jury reserves the right to transfer any exhibit from one Class to another in accordance with Article 32 of the Virtuafil General Rules for Informal Exhibitions.
Article 4. Conditions for Participation
  1. There is no requirement for participants to hold membership in any philatelic society and there are no requirements to have been awarded medals or points at ay previous exhibition.
  2. Participation in all competitive Classes is open to exhibitors from all over the world without any restrictions either on their nationality or on the national origin of the material being exhibited.
Article 5. Jury, Public Voting and Awards
  1. The exhibits in competitive Classes will be judged by the EXPO FILABRAS 2024 Jury. All Jury decisions are final.
  2. The Jury is comprised of the following members:
  • José Baffê Rodrigues | Brazil (Chief of the Jury)
  • Roberto Mollo | Brazil
  • Niall Murphy | Brazil
  • Cristian Guimarães Molina | Brazil
  • Paulo Ananias Silva | Brazil
  • Luis Cernaqué Vera | Peru
  1. EXPO FILABRAS 2024 is classified as an Informal exhibition and the Simple Judging Standards are applied, as defined in Article 13 of the Virtuafil General Rules for Informal Exhibitions. On this basis, the following medal grades apply in all competitive Classes:
  • Gold Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • Bronze Medal
  • All participants not awarded a medal are issued a Certificate of Participation.
  1. Each exhibit is awarded a digital certificate, on which the corresponding medal grade (if any) is mentioned and illustrated. No physical medals are provided.
  2. As with all exhibitions conducted on the Virtuafil platform, EXPO FILABRAS 2024 will be open to public (popular) voting. The single most popular exhibit in each Class and/or Class Group is awarded the Popular Vote Trophy, as a certificate in downloadable, digital form.
  1. For EXPO FILABRAS 2024 the following special awards are also available and are awarded at the discretion of the Jury:
  • Special Exhibition Envelope EXPO FILABRAS 2024: A quantity of 10 will be awarded. This special award was kindly donated by Virtuafil - The Virtual Philately Confederation.
Article 6. National Commissioners
  1. Exhibitions held under the Virtuafil regulations do not have National Commissioners. Applications for participation are sent online and are directly processed by the OC. All exhibition materials are delivered, in digital form, by the participants, using online forms.
Article 7. Publications, Paperwork and Website
  1. EXPO FILABRAS 2024 is a paperless exhibition, where traditional paperwork gives way to modern technology. No brochures, bulletins, catalogues, Palmarès results, etc. will be published on paper. Similarly, no entry forms, inventory sheets, etc. will be printed.
  2. All necessary information regarding EXPO FILABRAS 2024 is contained in the website https://filabras.org/expo.
Article 8. Display Frames
  1. Virtuafil exhibitions are virtual and so do not use tradition traditional display frames for the presentation of exhibits. Exhibits are simply displayed sequentially, on a sheet by sheet basis.
  2. There are no frame numbers, specifications, allotments or allocations of any kind.
Article 9. Entry Forms and Confirmation of Acceptance
  1. Exhibitors submit a separate entry form for each exhibit.
  2. The material submitted for exhibit must be written in one of the official exhibition languages.
  3. All prospective exhibitors apply directly to the OC using the online forms provided. Applications using any media other than the online forms will not be considered.
  4. Online application form for participation is at https://filabras.org/expo
  5. Deadline for submitting entry forms to the OC is 31 March 2024.
  6. Applicants will be notified by 01 April 2024 regarding the acceptance of their applications.
  7. If an application is rejected, the OC is obliged to give reasons for the rejection.
Article 10. Entry Fees
  1. As with all exhibitions conducted under the Virtuafil regulations, there are no entry fees for participation at any Level or for any Class.
Article 11. Handling/Uploading of Exhibits
  1. It is the responsibility of the exhibitors to deliver (upload) their exhibition material to the OC on or before the deadline date of 05 April 2024.
  2. Within the exhibitor’s Virtuafil user account, online forms are available for the purpose of uploading scanned images and other documents.
  3. After the expiry of the 05 April 2024 deadline, the forms will not be accessible and no further uploads or changes will be possible. A failure to complete the forms by the deadline will constitute a failure to participate and the exhibitor will be disqualified.
  4. Websites participating in the Websites Class may be submitted simply by providing the address of the website.
  5. For other Classes, exhibition sheets must be scanned at a minimum of 300 DPI and be uploaded in either PDF or JPG format. It is acceptable to scan large sheets in two halves, then stitch the two halves together to form a complete sheet, prior to upload.
Article 12. Availability of Online Services
  1. EXPO FILABRAS 2024 uses the Virtuafil internet servers to provide online services such as form processing and webpage viewing. The Virtuafil server providers guarantee 99.9% uptime. However, neither the OC, the Jury, Virtuafil nor any of the Virtuafil Members hosting EXPO FILABRAS 2024, will bear any liability whatsoever, either in whole or in part, for a failure to process or to display data on the exhibition web pages, due to technical or other problems, before during or after the exhibition.
Article 13. Exhibitors’ Obligations
  1. By submitting application forms, the exhibitor accepts the regulations listed in Article 2 and confirms the truthfulness of all data entered.
  2. Exhibitors whose entries are accepted, undertake the responsibility towards the OC to participate in the exhibition.
  3. ARTIFICIAL DIGITAL MATERIAL AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIES!
    Virtual exhibitions expose the organizers to the risk of admitting artificial digital material into competition.
    Artificial digital material is defined as:
    - Non-existent philatelic material, created with software;
    - Scans or photographs of philatelic material, obtained from third parties, incorporated into an exhibit;
    - Philatelic material digitally altered to change colour, perforations etc..
    The philatelic material being exhibited must physically exist and belong to the exhibitor. To combat the risk of artificial digital material, the Jury has the right to request any exhibitor to send photographs of the material alongside their passport of other identity card. Failure to comply with such a request may result in immediate disqualification.
Article 14. Amendments
  1. The OC, in agreement with the Board of Virtuafil, reserves the right to make changes to the present V-IREX, with simultaneous notification to the exhibitors.
  2. The OC together with the Board of Virtuafil reserves the right to resolve any problem which may arise, not provided by the Regulations in Article 2.
Article 15. Legal Matters
  1. The laws of Brazil shall govern the interpretation of these Regulations and any legal cases in EXPO FILABRAS 2024.
  2. In the event of any discrepancies in the text arising from translation, the English text shall prevail.
  3. Data supplied by the exhibitors will be used for the organisation and the evaluation of the exhibits and could be stored or forwarded digitally or on paper. Personal data of the exhibitors will be treated according with the Brazilian laws on the matter.
Article 16. Contact Information
  1. EXPO FILABRAS 2024 Organizing Committee (OC):
  • Paulo Ananias Silva (FILABRAS) (Chief of OC)
  • Niall Murphy (FILABRAS)
- eMail: info@filabras.org
- Website: https://filabras.org/expo
- Telephone:

Article 17. Key Dates
  1. Closing date for exhibitor applications: 31 March 2024
  2. Closing date for exhibitor applications acceptance/rejection: 01 April 2024
  3. Closing date for exhibitor upload of exhibit images/files: 05 April 2024
  4. Exhibition opening date for public viewing and popular voting: 06 April 2024
  5. Closing date for popular voting: 25 April 2024
  6. Date for publication of jury and popular voting results (Palmarès): 01 May 2024