Josh, there is a panel for the higher awards, but it will never work for the Master, Pro or Amateur calasses, it just plain cost to much. I have judged fish as several shows, I have also tired to win ribbons with every species I can. Some were good some were not so good. Now having kept live rattlers, copperheads and many other snakes and lizards I agree there is a wide wide difference in reptiles. I would like to point out the horned toad at the NTA. it was pretty darned awesome. Certainly one of the top reptiles there. I did not look to see if it was a skin mount or reproduction. I saw many opther top notch snakes and lizards there too. While I don't get a chance to do many and most of the snakes I get are ran over by cars. I do know you can use artist oils and paint them and its darn hard to nearly impossible to tell if they were painted when done right. One thing about judging that is easy to judge is craftsmanship, finish around the eyes, seams ears turned to the edge, drumming. So is drumming on say an elk head any different than drumming on a deerhead, no drumming is drumming and it pretty much occurs in the same places. an ear that's not turned is an ear that's not turn be it a sheep, goat, deer, elk, fox, cat or coon. Like humans each deer is different, each coon is different, each deer is different but we don't make those distinctions. We use generic forms to fit one of thousands of deer or elk and so on in most cases. Most of those forms have anatomical problems. But when we head off to a show, its you the taxidermist who is suppose to know enough to fix them problem of accept that the judge does. If you slip something over on a judge it may not be a slip they may have seen it and just let it go. Someday I predict there will be a rating system for judges. Its not easy to be a judge because there is always someone that's going to say you are wrong. But you should be MAN enough to say hey wait, I know this piece or hey wait I don't know anything about this species. If they don't then maybe they should question their own credibility unless their ego is getting in the way. I can tell you in the case of one judge if there was any doubt, the benefit went to the taxidermist!!!!