Potential Awards for 2020
This Michigan Taxidermist Association
has an impressive line up of awards given out each year!
Over $3,000 worth of monetary prizes to be awarded
(subject to change depending on award sponsor)
(See rules for further information)
Awarded with a plaque.
A HEAD OF THE GAME
Voted on by MTA Members as the most artistic GAME HEAD in the Masters or Professional Division. Can be in either the Small GH, Large GH, Mixed Group (if GH mounts) or Combined Artists (if GH mount). Does NOT need a blue ribbon to be eligible. 1/2 Lifesize mounts entered into the qualified categories are also eligible. Sponsored by: Agrens Animal Artistry
Rhino Head Trophy
Masters and Masters of Masters divisions only and consists of four categories. They shall be Game Head, Mammal, Fish and Bird. The winner must have attained a second place on each of the four mounts to be eligible. A place lower on any one mount will eliminate any chance of winning. The mounts may also be entered into regular competition in their respective categories and receive additional awards if they qualify (Best of Show, Best of Category, etc.). The four mounts entered in the Best All Around category MUST be chosen at the time of registration and cannot be changed once judging has started. You will be required to pay the registration for general category and Best All Around if competing as such.
This award comes with a plaque or trophy.
This award applies to any separate category within the Masters & Professional Division (see category list for further information). To qualify, a mount entered must win a blue ribbon. In the event of a tie, the respective Judge in that category will decide the best of category.
This award comes with a special slate award that is customized with your mounts photo and all awards won!
Must have a blue ribbon to win. Will be chosen by the five respective Judges. Winner will receive a trophy and a $1,000 cash award ($500 of this award is sponsored by Taxidermy by Dourlain). https://dourlain.com/
This award goes to the best artistic piece in the novice and professional divisions and will be voted upon by the Board of Directors. This award comes with a trophy and a $250 cash award sponsored by Brad Eldred of Wildlife Gallery.
Chosen by the respective Bird Judge as the highest scoring waterfowl in its natural habitat. Waterfowl must be entered in Professional Division. You can only win this award one time. The winning mount will receive a $200 cash prize and a hand carved decoy (carved by John VanSlambrouck).
Sponsored by Chelsea Taxidermy Studios.
Chosen by a representative from CBM as the best portrayal of a native Michigan species of Elk, Bear, Turkey or Whitetail deer that represents the goals of the CBM. This award comes with a trophy/plaque. http://buckfax.com/
Chosen by the respective Bird Judge as the best waterfowl in the show. Mount must have a blue ribbon in Professional or 2nd or higher in Masters to qualify at Judge’s discretion. Award comes with either a trophy, plaque or print. https://www.ducks.org/
It needs to provide the viewer, some type of education of some phase of taxidermy, nature, natural phenomena, conservation, etc. All show Judges will judge the pieces entered. To qualify the piece MUST score at least 2 (80) at the Masters level. The piece shall be judged using the following standards.... 50% of the score shall be based upon the education and the statement the overall piece provides. 25% of the score shall be based on the taxidermy skills used, and 25% of the score on the use of habitat entered. To qualify, the piece must score at least an 80 at the Masters level. The winning mount will receive a check for the sum of $500 and a trophy. The winning mount MUST be donated and put on public display.
Chosen by the respective Judges for the novice or youth divisions as the best youth mount (ages 18 and under). The award comes with a trophy. This award can only be awarded to a youth participant once in their lifetime.
Chosen by the respective Judges for the novice or youth division as the most artistic youth mount (ages 18 and under). The award comes with a trophy.
Awarded to the highest scoring fish in the competition which was painted with Lifetone paints. Competitor must also obtain a blue ribbon to win. This award comes with a trophy. Any fish entered in competition using this paint is eligible.
MATUSKA COMPETITORS AWARD
The Matuska competitor's award will be awarded to the competitor with 4 of the highest scoring entries in the master's or professional's divisions. All entries must have a 1st or 2nd place ribbon with a combined score of 350 or greater.
Any member in good standing with the association, who has done the most during the past year to:
1. Promote Professionalism in his/her business
2. Advance the art of Taxidermy
3. Depict Taxidermy and hunting in a positive image
4. Share knowledge of taxidermy techniques
5. Improve the quality of his/her taxidermy work
6. Promote the goals of the state association
This award goes to the best bird or combination mount, waterfowl or upland to be decided by popular vote of membership (any registered competitor)
This award goes to the best fish mount, reproduction or skin mount to be decided by popular vote of membership (any registered competitor)
This award goes to the best life-size mammal, small or large to be decided by popular vote of membership (any registered competitor)
This award goes to the best whitetail shoulder or pedestal mount to be decided by popular vote of membership (any registered competitor)
This award goes to a business, group or someone who has gone above and beyond in service to the MTA. This award comes with a plaque.
Chosen by a representative of the Michigan Trapper’s Association for the best fur bearing mount in their natural habitat. This award comes with a trophy/plaque.
Awarded to the life size mount that tells the best story. Award will be a bear paw plaque. Sponsored by Knights Taxidermy.
Chosen by the MTA Members as the best mount of their choice. Only one vote per family membership. Award comes with a trophy and a $200 cash award. Any mount entered in Masters/Masters of Masters is eligible.
Chosen by the MTA Members as the best mount of their choice. Only one vote per family membership. Award comes with a trophy and a $50 cash award. Any mount entered in Novice is eligible.
Chosen by the MTA Members as the best mount of their choice. Only one vote per family membership. Award comes with a trophy and a $100 cash award. Any mount entered in Professional is eligible.
Awarded to the highest scoring fish in the competition which was painted with Polytranspar paint. Competitor must also obtain a blue ribbon to win. This award comes with a $50 gift certificate and plaque. Any fish entered in competition using this paint is eligible.
PRESIDENTS ANIMATION AWARD
Chosen only by the President and must portray some type of movement within the mount. Any mount entered is eligible. This award comes with a trophy/plaque.
Highest scoring mount that uses Pro-1 products. Must use a Pro-1 tanning or hide paste product and registered with mount information.
RONS GAMEHEADS AND MORE YOUTH AWARD
Winner to be selected by Ron & Sophia Furgeson. The winner will be a youth entry and can be any mammal, any size. This award comes with a plaque and $50 cash. Sponsored by Ron’s Gameheads and More Taxidermy.
This award will be for the highest scoring mount on a Second 2 Nature manikin. The winner will receive a trophy/award, a Second 2 Nature t-shirt or har and a $100 Second 2 Nature gift certificate. https://www.second2nature.com/
Any novice entry will be eligible. Winner will be selected by all of the Novice Judges. This award comes with a trophy and $100.
Sponsored by Skutt’s Wildlife Taxidermy.
This award applies to the combined categories- Fish, Manikin, Reptile / Amphibians, Whitetails, Game heads, Mammals, Birds, Habitat, Reproductions, Freeze dry within the Masters Division. To qualify, a mount entered must win a Best of Category. The respective Judge in that category will decide the State Champion. This award comes with a trophy.
In memoriam of the Late and Great Jan Van Hoesen
Does NOT need a blue ribbon to win!
UTA ARTISAN AWARD
Voted on by MTA Members!
Taxidermists Choice Best of Show - Best overall individual mount picked by all entrants. (Collective Artists ineligible).
Sponsored by : The United Taxidermist Association
Chosen by the Judges as the most artistic mount in the Masters or Professional Divisions. The mount must have a blue ribbon to be eligible and show some type of artistic merit. This award comes with a plaque.
Sponsored by: McKenzie Taxidermy Supply https://www.vandykestaxidermy.com/
Selected by John Crabb. This award comes with a trophy/plaque.
Chosen by the four respective Judges. The guidelines are as follows: exhibition of taxidermy, creativity and artistic merit. It does not matter which company’s supplies, paints, or manikins are used in the piece.
This award comes with a crystal type trophy and a $100 gift certificate.
Sponsored by: Mckenzie Taxidermy Supply https://www.mckenziesp.com/
Chosen by the representative of the award sponsor for the most natural depiction of the whitetail species in the show. This may include both whitetail life-size and shoulder mounts. This award comes with a trophy/plaque.
Chosen by the respective Novice division Judges as the best mount in that age group. Any mount is eligible. Award comes with a trophy.
Judges Choice 5-7 years
Judges Choice 8-12 years
MTA HALL OF FAME
This award is used to recognize those involved in our Association that are/were instrumental to the development, implementation,improvement, representation or running of the Michigan Taxidermist Association.These individuals may be founding fathers, involved individuals, accomplished and renowned taxidermists, etc.
MTA PEOPLES CHOICE WILDLIFE ART
Chosen by the MTA Members as the best piece of Wildlife Art of their choice. Only one vote per family membership. Award comes with a plaque
BEST IN SHOW FISH CARVING
The "Best of Show" fish carving will be selected from first place award winners in the open levels of the decorative life-size and the natural finish divisions.
ED WALIKI MEMORIAL AWARD
Chosen by the MTA Members as the best Fish carving of their choice.