* ESTABLISHED 1982 *

Michigan Taxidermist Association

One of the Nations Largest Taxidermy Associations

MICHIGAN TAXIDERMIST ASSOCIATION
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Once a member has earned their Award of Excellence, they are eligible to compete in the Masters of Masters Division in the category that earned them their Award of Excellence. This division is the most prestigious one in the M.T.A. It is mandatory that all body work, bird bill casts and parts be done by the participant. Nothing should be bought except eyes.

JUDGING - Judging in this division will be very demanding. Mounts must be technically correct as well as artistically oriented and creative. Multi Ribbons will be awarded with 1, 2, 3. The judges will choose the best first place entry and the winner will receive a trophy as well as a $500.00 cash prize. The winner’s name will also be placed on the traveling trophy.

Point Values

Master Division
 1 st Place = 5 points 
2 nd Place = 4 points
3 rd Place = 3 points 

Professional Division
 1 st Place = 2 points 
2 nd Place = 1 point 
3 rd Place = none


   TOTAL POINTS NEEDED TO ACHIEVE
THE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
30

*All points must be earned at the Michigan State Competition/Convention.
*10 points must come from Masters Division with 2 blue ribbons
*20 points remaining can come from Masters Division or Professional Division or a combination of the two.

CATEGORIES AS FOLLOWS:
Whitetails/Game Heads
 Mammals
 Fish/Reptile
Birds
  
** The competition chairman and the president, combined shall use their discretion as to if and where any mount in question shall be applied. Their decision shall be final.
** Reproductions and recreations shall fall under the category which they are judged in.
** Mixed group mounts shall be given credit for the appropriate category in which each mount falls under.
 ** Rugs shall fall under mammals or appropriate category.
*Group mounts get one score.
** Best All Around mounts shall be given credit for the appropriate category in which each mount falls under.
 ** Group competitors and educational categories shall not be applied towards the Award of Excellence. Retroactive Points: From 1983-1985 there were no divisions. They will be counted as Professional Division. 1985 ribbon winners were the introduction of the Masters Division and will be counted as first place Master ribbons. 1986-Present – mounts shall be awarded the appropriate points as per division and ribbons.

Point Standings as of the 2018 Show