ICCA
ICCA Awards

Homer Babbidge Award

The Homer Babbidge Award was established at the 1984 AGM held at the Hotel Univers, Tours, France, October 26, 1984.

At that meeting, "It was resolved that Bernard Watney, Richard Dennis and Brother Timothy form a committee to make an annual award...to be presented to the member who has made the largest contribution during the year into the research of corkscrews and have presented the committee with their findings in writing. The first award to be made in 1985."

To date, awards have been granted in all but 6 years. [Note: the date is the year the award was presented at the AGM.]

Frank MacDonald Award

The Frank MacDonald Award was established at the 1991 AGM at the Beekman Arms Inn, Rhinebeck, New York.

It is to be awarded annually "to the Addict who circulated the best Best6...for the previous year.  The award is determined by a rotating committee.

[Note: The date is the year the Best 6 was published. Awards are published in the following year’s minutes.]

   

Robert P. Nugent Award

The Robert P. Nugent Award was established at the 1996 AGM and is for recognition of the best submission to the Bottle Scrue Times over the past year.

The award is determined by the Editor of the BST. [Note: the date is the year the award was presented at the AGM.]

   

Bernard Watney Award

Bernard Watney Awards

The first meeting of the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts (ICCA) was organized at the Guinness Brewery in London in 1974 by Bernard Watney. In attendance at the first AGM were Addicts Babbidge, Bingham, Dennis, Ekman, MacDonald, DeSanctis, Phillips, Stark, and Watney. In the minutes of the sixth AGM held at the Guinness Brewery on September 26, 1979, this is reported: "Amidst the cheers of assembled Addicts, Dr. Watney assumed the honorary title of 'Start Right,' in recognition of his status as the founder of our little band. "

Bernard Watney coauthored the first important contribution to the World of Corkscrews in 1981 with Homer Babbidge, that book is the classic Corkscrews for Collectors.. Bernard passed away September 28, 1998. This award is given in memory of Bernard.

The Bernard Watney Award
is sponsored and funded by Mavis Watney (Mrs. Bernard Watney)

Purpose of Award: To recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the World of Corkscrews. The award is not limited to members of corkscrew collecting organizations.

Selection Committee: Honorary Chairperson Mavis Watney, the ICCA Right, the ICCA active member ex-Rights, and the ICCA Chief Correspondent. The first meeting of the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts (ICCA) was organized at the Guinness Brewery in London in 1974 by Bernard Watney. In attendance at the first AGM were Addicts Babbidge, Bingham, Dennis, Ekman, MacDonald, DeSanctis, Phillips, Stark, and Watney. In the minutes of the sixth AGM held at the Guinness Brewery on September 26, 1979, this is reported: "Amidst the cheers of assembled Addicts, Dr. Watney assumed the honorary title of 'Start Right,' in recognition of his status as the founder of our little band. "

Bernard Watney coauthored the first important contribution to the World of Corkscrews in 1981 with Homer Babbidge, that book is the classic Corkscrews for Collectors.. Bernard passed away September 28, 1998. This award is given in memory of Bernard.

The Bernard Watney Award is sponsored and funded by Mavis Watney (Mrs. Bernard Watney)

Purpose of Award: To recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the World of Corkscrews. The award is not limited to members of corkscrew collecting organizations.

Selection Committee: Honorary Chairperson Mavis Watney, the ICCA Right, the ICCA active member ex-Rights, and the ICCA Chief Correspondent.

Nominations for award: Any person either affiliated or non-affiliated with corkscrew collecting organizations may submit nominations. Email nominations to Mirth-Right Bull and Pro-Right Paradi

Information: The websites of Joe Paradi and Don Bull will include information about the award, links for submission of nominations, and a list of award recipients with a list of their achievements. Corkscrew club newsletters editors will be solicited to publish this information in their newsletters.

Number of Awards: Each recipient will receive one award for their work or works. The published list will include all contributions for each recipient with year noted for publications and the year of the award. In the event the recipient makes further contributions, those contributions will be added to the list.

Criteria:

Books - Published books dedicated to corkscrews and some where the corkscrew is prominent but not the whole subject

Papers - Published papers dedicated to corkscrews which expand the corkscrew knowledge base

Newsletters - Editors who have compiled and published newsletters over a long period time

Articles - Generally articles in newsletters and on websites are not considered unless they have been published as stand-alone papers

Websites - Websites which have content of historical and informational value to the Corkscrew World

Museums - Museums open to the public with a wide range of corkscrews displayed with information about the corkscrews

Other - The committee will consider all nominations for the Bernard Watney Award for outstanding contributions to the World of Corkscrews including but not limited to organization of meetings, exhibitions, presentations, inventions, and extraordinary accomplishments

View the list of the authors and their accomplishments now. Note some of the awards are posthumous and will be presented to next of kin or friends.