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Entries open for 2019 Collector of the Year competition

PUBLISHED: 15:55 29 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:27 05 February 2019

Enter your collection now!

Enter your collection now!


We are delighted to announce that the second Kent Life and The Canterbury Auction Galleries' competition to find the county's finest collectors is now open for entries

The current interest in the world of antiques and collectables has never been greater, with television having bought the world of the weird and wonderful to our front rooms.

The team at The Canterbury Auction Galleries believe they have the best job in the world, handling a never-ending stream of interesting items and selling them to collectors around the world.

Strong links with Kent Life over the years and involvement in the magazine’s popular Kent Food and Drink Awards encouraged the Canterbury experts to develop something similar for Kent.

And so the idea of Kent Collector and Junior Collector of the Year was born in 2018, with Kent’s leading lifestyle magazine and fine art auctioneers working together to offer readers the chance to show the county what they are passionate about.

Junior Collector of the Year Cameron Carlton with Tony Pratt, Dave Parker and Sarah Sturt (photo: Mateusz Kilarowski)Junior Collector of the Year Cameron Carlton with Tony Pratt, Dave Parker and Sarah Sturt (photo: Mateusz Kilarowski)

We would like to encourage you to enter or nominate somebody you know from any walk of life – maybe a friend, workmate or relative – for one of two categories: Kent Life Collector of the Year or Kent Life Junior Collector of the Year (under 16).

There is no limit to the field of interest – from bottle tops to motorbikes, toys to teapots, we want to see them all. For example, last year’s winner in the adult category, Angela Clark from Tonbridge, collects buttons, while junior collector Cameron Jarvis’s passion is for turtles.

And it’s not just about what you collect it’s about you, the collector and what first sparked your interest in your chosen subject. The judges want to hear your story, your plans for the future of your collection and how you see it developing, how it has impacted on your life and lives around you.

The Canterbury Auction Galleries experts know from 25 years of serving the people of Kent that you have some wonderful and eclectic tastes in what you collect. They have sold many of your items to buyers across the world who share with equal passion your subjects, and some items have even set new world records for prices achieved.

Collector of the Year Angela Clark with Tony Pratt, Dave Parker and Sarah Sturt (photo: Mateusz Kilarowski)Collector of the Year Angela Clark with Tony Pratt, Dave Parker and Sarah Sturt (photo: Mateusz Kilarowski)

Now it’s your chance to let Kent Life and The Canterbury Auction Galleries recognise your expertise and knowledge of your chosen subject by telling us your story. Who knows, you could become our 2019 Kent Life Collector or Junior Collector of the Year.


Each category winner will receive a cash prize of £200, an engraved trophy and pictorial coverage in Kent Life magazine.

How to enter

• Please email your entry to: with the subject ‘Kent Life Collector of the Year Competition’

Information to include:

• What does your collection consist of?

• How long have you been a collector?

• Did you have any help to get your collection underway?

• What is your story behind your collection?

• What do you see as the future of this collection?

• What would you spend your prize money on if you were successful?

• Describe your collection, why you started it and what it means to you (up to 300 words)

• Include four to eight high resolution (300dpi) photos of your collection

• Your phone number, email and address

The judges

Tony Pratt: Managing Director of The Canterbury Auction Galleries

David Parker: General Manager and Director of The Canterbury Auction Galleries

The criteria

Entry submissions will be viewed initially by the judges, who will shortlist those candidates who, through their initial description (photographs are encouraged), exhibit a good knowledge of their chosen fild and a good explanation of why they started the collection in the fist place.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to arrange a visit by one of the judges to view their collection.

At this stage the judges would expect to be impressed by the passion of the collector and the story behind their collection, what the collector sees as the future of their collection and what they would spend the prize money on, should they be successful.

The judging process

The closing date for entries is 14 June 2019. The shortlist of fialists will be contacted by one of the judges to arrange a visit to view their collection.

The winners will be announced in the August 2019 edition of Kent Life and online.

The awards ceremony

The awards will be presented at The Canterbury Auction Galleries on 26 September 2019. The ceremony is by invitation only.

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