Carl E. Akeley Awards
Rules and Regulations

$1,000.00 first place prize money from WASCO

The Akeley Awards, named after the taxidermist, sculptor, explorer and inventor Carl E. Akeley (1864-1926), will be awarded to the three entries (first, second, third) which best represent that taxidermy is indeed a valid form of wildlife art.

Who is eligible: The Akeley Awards will be chosen at large from the taxidermy entries in all divisions and categories, with exception of the Novice and Taxidermy Sculpture Divisions. There is no longer a fee to enter the Carl E. Akeley Invitational, instead you automatically become eligible when you enter the qualifying divisions. The judges will bestow the three awards (first, second, third) upon the three taxidermy entries that best fit the criteria -- whether they are entered in the Master of Masters, Master, Professional, Collective Artists or Freeze Dry Divisions competitions.

Judging Criteria: The Akeley winners are chosen upon three primary criteria: 
1. Taxidermy skill
2. Artistic impact
3. Creativity

Display of Taxidermy: Being that this is one of the top taxidermy awards, it is quite natural that the first requirement is that the taxidermy work involved in the piece be of extremely high standards. The rendering itself should demonstrate taxidermy as a beautiful and valid form of wildlife art and portray the subject with taste and dignity while maintaining the anatomical accuracy and skillful techniques required in world-class taxidermy. Any obvious technical flaw will disqualify an entry from this competition.

Artistic Impact: The entry should itself be a work of art and as such be a total, three-dimensional, artistic composition which could be judged alone for visual balance, color coordination, line, shape, form and artistic appeal.

Creativity: All forms of art require creativity. Copying previous winners' ideas is not a ticket to success. Creative and original ideas will be required to win this competition. The originality of the concept and then the successful execution of that concept is essential. Does the rendering tell a story? Does the competition reinforce the concept? Did the artist indeed accomplish what he or she was attempting to portray?

Judging: The judges for the Akeley Awards will consist of a panel of at least three art expert judges. They will independently view every taxidermy entry in the competition. After discussion, they will vote to determine the First, Second and Third place winners. The winners will be announced at the Friday night WTC Awards Banquet.

Awards: First Place wins a Gold World Taxidermy Championships/Carl E. Akeley Medallion, $1,000.00 cash award from WASCO and a Recognition Plaque. The Second Place and Third Place winners receive Recognition Plaques.

Multiple Entries: A competitor may earn a Carl E. Akeley award in addition to any other awards that he or she may win with the same piece.

Interpretations of all rulings or regulations (and any rules not provided for) will be decided by the World Taxidermy Championships® Regulatory Committee. If you have a specific question regarding the competition, contact Regulatory Committee Chairman, Skip Skidmore at Brigham Young University, 290 M.L. Bean Museum, Provo, UT 84602. Telephone: 801-422-4621.


The Competitors' Awards Rules and Regulation
Master of Masters Invitational Rules and Regulations
Carl E. Akeley Awards Rules and Regulations
Master Division Rules and Regulations
Collective Artists Division Rules and Regulations
Professional Division Rules and Regulations
Novice Division Rules and Regulations
Youth Division Rules and Regulations
Freeze Dry Division Rules and Regulations
Live Taxidermy Sculpture Division Rules and Regulations
Taxidermy Pre-Sculptured Division Rules and Regulations
World Challenge Division Rules and Regulations
2009 General WTC Rules and Regulations


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