World Class
Taxidermy Judges

Over the years, the WTC has earned a reputation for having consistent judging, year after year. Ribbons are earned solely on the quality of the work. With this consistency comes validity; an award earned at the World Taxidermy Championshps will mean something, now, and twenty years from now. It is not impossible to win, as hundreds of competitors have demonstrated, but the judging is always of the highest calibre.

The world-class judges working at the 2013 show will be among the largest group of taxidermy judges ever assembled for a single competition. The following judging assignments have been established for the 2013 World Taxidermy Championships. Changes are possible and will be based on the actual workloads for various categories.


2013 World Taxidermy Championships Judging Administration
Judging Chairman: Wesley (Skip) Skidmore 
Data Processing: Richard Graves
Taxidermy Competition Operations: Dan and Becky Snyder


12 Mammal & Gamehead Judges
Wendy Christensen (Wisconsin)
Dawayne Dewey (Wyoming)
Brian Eppley (Ohio)
Raymond Kowalski (Pennsylvania)
Jean Roll (Michigan)
Skip Skidmore (Utah)
Gene Smith (South Carolina)
Phil Soucy (Montana)
Don Stevens (Alabama)
Jessica Stevens (Alabama)
Fred Vanderburgh (New York)
Marcus Zimmerman (Pennsylvania)

9 Bird Judges
Bill Brandenburg (Michigan)
Glen Browning (Alberta)
Brett DeFreitas (Kentucky)
Jack Fishwick (Netherlands)
Frank Newmyer (Michigan)
Danny Owens (Texas)
Stefan Savides (Oregon)
Gary Senk (Wisconsin)
Shane Smith (Alabama)

3 Fish Judges
Jeff Mourning (Colorado)
Clark Schreibeis (Montana)
Garry Senk (Wisconsin)

3 Reptile Judges
Jeff Mourning (Colorado)
Garry Senk (Wisconsin)
Skip Skidmore (Utah)

1 Freeze Dry Judge
Raymond Kowalski (Pennsylvania)

2 Novice Judges
Don Stevens (Alabama)
Jessica Stevens (Alabama)

Collective Artists Division Judges
Bill Brandenburg (Michigan)
Jeff Mourning (Colorado)
Marcus Zimmerman (Pennsylvania)

World Challenge Judges, Birds
Glen Browning (British Columbia)
Jack Fishwick (Netherlands)
Stefan Savides (Oregon)

World Challenge Judges, Fish
Jeff Mourning (Colorado)
Clark Schreibeis (Montana)
Garry Senk (Wisconsin)

Akeley Award Judges
Ken Edwards (Georgia)
Jeff Mourning (Colorado)
Phil Soucy (Montana)

Master Division Judging Procedure
For 2013, each entry in the Master Division will be independently scored by three judges and the scores averaged together. Once first places are determined in the subcategories, a competition supervisor will gather all category judges (five for most categories) to vote for eligible entries for Best in World titles. They will each cast a secret ballot for Best in World. The judges will be allowed to discuss and confer about the eligible entries before casting their ballots. If two entries receive equal votes the judges will be asked to vote again on those two entries only. The results will be kept secret and announced at the World Show awards banquet.


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