I am going to compete in my first competition this March in Michigan.
I do not know whever or not to compete in the Pro or Amateur Div.
I would like some bird proffesionals to give an honest opinion of the mount I am going to compete with. I will e-mail photos to anyone interested in helping me decide. Please check out my birds and give me your opinion. Please respond to this post and leave your e-mail address, I will forward the pics and await your responce.
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If you will email your USPS mailing address we will be glad to mail you some scoresheets to reference with your mounts prior to competiting.
A good thing to keep in mind when deciding whether to compete in an open division or amateur...is, do you receive remuneration for your work? If you receive remuneration then many would consider you to be a professional and not an amateur. Some would say if you have never won a ribbon then you may be an amateur. Another thought would be to contact the competition chairman where you plan on competing and ask for a complete set of competition rules. When rules are in writing then there is less room for error or misunderstanding. Generally, each chapter's competition rules will have information concerning when an individual is considered professional, amateur, open etc.
Hope this helps you.
When I started competing. I decided to go Pro division, because I thought a second place in the pro would sound better to my customers than any Amateur ribbon.
Just my opinion.
Email me a couple of pics and I'll take a look, but I'm not a Master, just a taxidermist.
Good Luck Anyway
I started competing last year in Michigan, and will again this year. I look at competition as a way to learn. I skipped the ametuer div because I wanted a tougher critique more than I wanted a ribbon. I ended up with both and what I learned, not only increased my abilities which was also passed down to my customers, but the whole experience pushed me to go much further and try more new things. It's amazing how my mount's have changed in one year.
Decide what you want out of it and then give it your best shot, that's all you can do. In any case, I know you'll get some great and useful information from the judges.
Good luck, hope to see you there.
Please send me a pic of your work and I would be happy to give you my thoughts...
go with the pro division. if you go amatuer your piece will be judged by a board member (qualified of coarse) in the pro division you will be judged by the bird judge who judges the show (Paul Czarnecki) and that will mean a better critique and a better learning expirience. And make sure and introduce yourself, you too mark, I will be there probably helping check in mounts.