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Pre-Sculpted Division:  2019 World Show

Pre-Sculpted Division: 2019 World Show

by Larry Blomquist

The Pre-Sculpted Division had a record number of excellent entries at the 2019 World Taxidermy Championships®. Ohio Taxidermy Supply, who donated $5,000.00 to the WTC cash award fund in 2019, asked that a portion of this donation go toward the winners in the Live Sculpting ($1,000.00) and Pre-Sculpted ($1,000.00) Divisions. The Best of Category for Gameheads went to Wendi Johnson of Sanford, Michigan, and Best of Category for Lifesize was won by Ma Hongyu from Yantai City, China. They each won $500.00 for their winning entries.

This photo review includes all 16 entries, six in the Gameheads category and ten in the Lifesize Mammals category. This is now a multiple ribbon division so each entry is scored on its own merit by a team of 3 judges. Rules and regulations can be found on page 24 of the World Show booklet at the Breakthrough website.

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Part 4: Professional Standards for Taxidermy Loading and Securing Mounts for Delivery

Part 4: Professional Standards for Taxidermy Loading and Securing Mounts for Delivery

by World Champion Bill Neuman

Finally, the moment you’ve patiently been waiting for: the “loading and securing” part, the final part of this long segment. I apologize if it seemed drawn out, but like I said from the beginning: if you want your trophies to arrive properly to their final destination, you have to look at the big picture and that starts with the foundation.

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Waterfowl Photo Reference Study Northern Pintails

Waterfowl Photo Reference Study Northern Pintails

by Larry Blomquist

Pintails are one of the most popular ducks sportsmen bring to taxidermists. Not only because of their wide distribution, but also the beauty of the drakes in winter plumage. During my search for photo references, I was amazed at how many good sharp photos were available of pintails in flight. Pintails or northern pintails (Anas acuta) are ducks with a wide geographic distribution that breed in the northern areas of Europe and across all of Eurasia north of the foothills of the Himalayas, and North Africa. Unusual for a bird with such a large range, it has no geographical subspecies.

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Great Jump! Workshop Experiences

Great Jump! Workshop Experiences

by Christin Scheinpflug, Jan Panniger, Robert Stein, and J├╝rgen Fiebig Berlin Museum of Natural History

Very shortly before the completion of the large special exhibition “ARA,” which had been shown in the Berlin Museum for two years, there was an idea to create a special eye-catcher. After many discussions and numerous researches, we decided to show the biggest predator of South America as one of the potential predators of macaws. Of course, we had been aware that the additional exhibit had to be shown in a spectacular position interacting with macaws. We decided to create an extreme jumping situation. For this, we chose the skin of a rather large, strong jaguar of the subspecies Panthera onca onca. The animal came from the Berlin Zoo and had been in our extensive frost-stock in a tanned state for several years.

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Professional Division Ribbon Winners from 2019 world Taxidermy Championships®

Professional Division Ribbon Winners from 2019 world Taxidermy Championships®

The World Taxidermy Championships is truly an open competition. Participants are free to compete on any level: Novice, Professional or Master Division–simply by making a choice according to their levels of skill, and where they feel comfortable competing. Entries in Professional Division are judged according to their individual merits with a numerical score and are not judged against other entries. There is no limit to the number of ribbons that can be awarded in these divisions. This division, which offers multiple ribbons in twelve categories, usually has the most entries in the World Taxidermy Championships. The Best Professional Entry award was chosen from all the Best of Category winners by a secret ballot of all World Show judges. With this honor was a $1,000.00 cash award, provided by McKenzie Taxidermy Supply. The 2019 winner of the Best Professional Entry was Kevin Neidigh with a beautiful cougar, featured on page 2 of this issue. Winning a Best of Category at the World Show is an exceptional achievement, exhibiting master-quality work. The nine Best of Category Professional Division winners from 2019 are featured in this issue’s Gallery of Wildlife Art on pages 2–9.

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