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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