New Mexico Taxidermy Association

2017 NMTA Convention and Competition Awards





2017- NEW DIVISION - MASTER Of MASTER'S 


Best of Category: (Professional & Ma​ster's)

* Reproduction

* Reptile

* Fish

* Bird

* Gamehead

* Small Lifesize

* Large Lifesize


More Best of Category Awards

Best Original Art

* Best Novelty

* Best Habitat

* Best Youth
* Best Amateur


Major and Special Awards



NEW * SCI AWARD


We are happy to announce a new award for this years show and future shows as well. It is an award generously sponsored by the El Paso SCI chapter. It will be an award to honor the best 3 African or exotic entries at our shows. All will be chosen by our certified judges.

There will be a first, second, and third place award. Each will come with a nice hard wood plaque as well as $2,250 worth of cash prizes. First place will be awarded $1,000, 2nd will be awarded $750.00 and third $500.00
Thank you El Paso SCI!


NEW * The Mule Deer Foundation Award

Duke City Chapter - Mule Deer Foundation sponsoring the highest scoring Mule Deer.
Tri-County Chapter - Mule Deer Foundation sponsoring the most realistic Mule Deer.

Thank you Mule Deer Foundation!


*Southwest Award

To be eligible for this special award, the piece should represent something about our State or the Southwest in a positive manner.  This award is open to game species native to New Mexico and the Southwest, including mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles, but would of course exclude species such as those found in Alaska, Africa, Europe, etc., including introduced species such as Oryx, Barbary Sheep, Ibex and feral hogs.   The piece can also achieve and enhance the “Southwest” theme by including habitat (natural or man-made) found in New Mexico or the Southwest.

The piece will be deemed best overall at the show by the corroborative decision of the judges and is open to all divisions and categories including Gameheads, Large and Small Lifesize, Birds, Fish, Reptiles, Reproduction and Collective Artists, therefore providing an opportunity for all competitors.

Species eligible include:

Mule deer, white-tail deer, coues deer, elk, black bear, antelope, bighorn (desert and rocky mountain), turkey, javelina, cougar.

Furbearers include: raccoon, badger, weasel, fox, ringtail, bobcat, muskrat, beaver, nutria, coyotes, and skunks.

Upland game include: blue grouse, quail (bobwhite, gambel’s, Montezuma, and scaled), dove, pheasant, and squirrel (Albert’s, red, gray and fox).  Migratory birds are included.

Fish include: trout (rainbow, brown, brook, Gila, Rio Grand cutthroat), bass (small mouth and large mouth), panfish, perch, catfish (flathead, blue and channel), crappie.

Any reptiles found in the Southwest.


*Suppliers Award 

This award is awarded to the piece chosen at the show by the corroborative decision of the suppliers/vendors in attendance at our NMTA Convention.  This award is open to all divisions and categories including Gameheads, Large and Small Lifesize, Birds, Fish, Reptiles, Reproduction and Collective Artists, therefore providing an opportunity for all competitors.

The suppliers/vendors in attendance at the NMTA Awards Banquet will present the award to the recipient.


* 2017 Taxidermist Challenge – Pronghorn

All determined species for the challenge will automatically be entered into the challenge category. To qualify for this award, the piece will be deemed best overall challenge mount as the show by the corroborative decision of the judges.  The winner will choose the challenge species for the next year.
 

* Collective Artists

This award is for competition pieces where more than one person worked on the piece or group of pieces within on e competition entry. 


* Best Antelope

All Pronghorn wall or pedestal mounts will automatically be entered into the Best Antelope Category.  To qualify for the is award, the piece will be deemed the best overall pronghorn antelope mount at the show by the corroborative decision of the judges.


* Best All-Around

This award goes to the individual who has entered a piece in three of the designated categories.  To qualify for this award the entrant must designate the three entries to be scored, has won at least 2 blue ribbons and have the highest cumulative scores from the pieces entered in the category.  The designated categories shall be gameheads (wall or pedestal), lifesize (small or large), birds, fish, or reptiles.


* Judge’s Choice

Awarded to the piece chosen by the judges.


* People’s Choice

Awarded to the piece as chosen by the voting public.


* Taxidermist Choice

Awarded to the piece as chosen by the voting registered taxidermists.


* Polystranspar Award

Awarded to the taxidermist who has the hightest score using Polytranspar paint.


* President’s Award

Award chosen by the NMTA President


* McKenzie Best Lifesize

Awarded to the Lifesize piece as chosen by the voting registered taxidermists


* McKenzie Best Fish

Awarded to the Fish piece as chosen by the voting registered taxidermists


* McKenzie Best Bird

Awarded to the Bird piece as chosen by the voting registered taxidermists


* McKenzie Best Whitetail

Awarded to the Whitetail piece as chosen by the voting registered taxidermists


* Roy Cogburn Award

Chosen and Awarded by Roy Cogburn, One of the Original Founding Fathers of the NMTA


* WASCO Award

Chosen by the Judges and Awarded to the Most Artistic Entry


* NTA - Taxidermist of the Year Award

* Best African Award sponsored by the NMTA


* The Breakthrough Award

This award is given to the best over-all mount in the show. All entries are eligible. The winning mount is determined by the judges. The award includes $100 from Breakthrough magazine.


* The Starfish Award

Presented to the taxidermist who has the highest score for a replica fish mount.


* The Artisan Award

Provided by the UTA and Presented to the mount with the most votes by the NMTA members. All divisions/categories are eligible.


* The Mule Deer Foundation Award

Duke City Chapter - Mule Deer Foundation sponsoring the highest scoring Mule Deer.

Tri-County Chapter - Mule Deer Foundation sponsoring the most realistic Mule Deer.



This list may be modified and Awards may be added or deleted without notice