World Avian Challenge
Rules and Regulations

Above is the official selected photo of a common pigeon (Columba livia) to be replicated through taxidermy for the World Avian Challenge at the 2013 World Taxidermy Championships®.The competition will be judged using this pose as the reference criteria. The entry that most closely duplicates this pose in every aspect will win the 2013 World Avian Challenge. Please read the rules and guidelines for this competition. Remember, it will take your participation to make it successful. This competition is not just about winning -- it is also about learning. When you mount a bird using your current knowledge and abilities and then have it critiqued by two of the world's finest bird taxidermists, it should put you steps ahead in understanding, reading, and replicating anatomy from your reference to your finished mounts.

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1. The purpose:  The idea behind this challenge is to put all bird taxidermists on an equal playing field for a competition by restricting it to the same species in the same pose. The idea of this challenge, which was first proposed by Peter Sunesen of Denmark, offered the potential for learning and understanding the many elements necessary to produce a world-class competition piece. After considering the value that could be gained from a competition like this, it was decided to add it as a World Taxidermy Championships® division. In order to make it both a competition challenge and a new learning experience, the following guidelines were prepared for the World Avian Challenge.

Please note this division does not award the winner a World Title; that possibility is restricted to entries in the Master Division.

2. Who may compete?  Any registrant of the World Show® may enter this competition, including judges of the World Show who are not part of the World Avian Challenge judging team. We do not recommend this division for novices or beginning taxidermists. This division will be most valuable to competitors who need to see why they cannot climb over that hump to vie for first places and Best of Category awards. If you have achieved at least a second place in open levels of competitions, you should consider entering the Challenge division. There is no doubt that there will be some accomplished taxidermists competing for this Avian Challenge title, but that should not be an intimidating factor to not compete, but rather a compelling factor to see what it takes to compete at the highest level. The division is designed to be fun, educational, and rewarding for those competing as well as those watching the judging.

3. Guidelines:  The mount must be on a simple base of no more than 8 inches in diameter (20.3 centimeters) with no habitat. Any type of wood, foam, or rock base will be accepted as long as it is prepared for a table. No pedestal entries. The entry will be judged on anatomical accuracy, species shape, correctness of feather patterns, and craftsmanship—in other words, all elements seen in the live bird and contained in the reference photo supplied for this unique competition.

4. Judging:  The judging is set to take place Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Crowne Plaza Convention Center. The 2013 Avian Challenge will be judged by two or three of the bird judges listed for the World Show competition. The entry will be judged on anatomical accuracy, species shape, correctness of feather patterns, and craftsmanship, in other words, all elements seen in the live bird and contained in the reference photo supplied for this unique competition.

The judging of this division will take place in an open forum with seating for approximately 100 viewers. Those who have entries in the challenge will be given reserved seats at the front of the forum. Of course, the judges will not know the names associated with the entries, nor will that information be announced to those in attendance. The two judges will be equipped with lavaliere microphones so that everyone can hear their comments and opinions as the judging proceeds. No questions, comments, or voiced opinions will be allowed from the audience until the judging is completed, at which time there will be a question-and-answer session (as time allows). The purpose for this open-forum judging procedure will be for the educational experience it offers. The competitors, as well as those in attendance, will see first-hand how two experts in bird taxidermy evaluate the correctness of taxidermy. No score sheets will be used since the judging process will be viewed in the open forum. This is similar to how wildfowl carving competitions have been judged for years.

5. Awards:  Special ribbons acknowledging this competition will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners. This competition will offer multiple ribbons for all birds that are determined to be ranked a first, second, or third place. In addition, the three best entries of the Challenge will receive cash and product awards as noted below, and the top bird and its taxidermist will be recognized as the World Avian Challenge 2013 Grand Champion.

6. Entry Fee:  The entry fee for the competition will be $35.00.

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.

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