How critical is the judging for the beginners? Do they judge on the same criteria as anyone else or are they more lenient?
Hello, Thanks for asking.
The fact that you are a beginner doesn't mean as much as what category you place your work in. For every division there is 4 categories. The divisions are all the different classifications of animals ranging from birds, fish, game head, life size and so on. Then within each division you have four categories that are Junior, novice, open and masters. Junior is meant for a certain age group established by the individual associations. Masters is a category that you have to earn your way into by earning a certain number of points and ribbons in the open category. Again, this criteria is established by the individual associations.
As a beginner you would be entering into the novice or the open categories. You may even qualify for the junior category.
In the junior and novice category you are not judged as hard as the open and masters categories. The main goal in these two categories is teaching. There will be a lot of notes and comments but your score will not reflect those comments like they would in open or master. There is also a different scoring system for these two categories. They are not as tough as the open or masters. The only draw back to these two categories is that none of your points will count towards your master. They are designed to ease the stress and fear of entering your first competition. It helps to break the ice without getting hammered on your work.
These shows and competitions are a lot of fun and a great way to learn and meat a lot of great people.
It would be great if you could make it....you will have a lot of fun and learn a lot.
Best of luck!