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Post by Paula on Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:04 pm

Competitions are a great way to push personal boundaries in terms of bear crafting. They also draw attention to our craft and help to elevate its status, so all in all, I think they're pretty important in the bear world and well worth considering.

For anyone interested in entering a teddy bear competition, this is a thread to let you know which competitions are out there and how to go about entering them.

If anyone would like to post details of a bear competition they've heard about, please do!


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Post by Paula on Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:07 pm

Currently taking place is the brand new 'Olympic Teddy Bear Challenge' organised by the Taiwan Teddy Bear Associaton. Round one of the judging is by online public vote. The final vote will be made by a panel of judges.

Please see:

Olympic Teddy Bear Challenge 2008

Please note, entry into this competition is by invitation only and there is a token entry fee. Judging is based on photographic entries and your bear will not be required in person.


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Post by Paula on Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:10 pm

The URSA Awards are held annually by Bears and Buds an online teddy bear magazine. These awards are well supported by the bear creating fraternity. Juding is based on photographic submissions and your bear will not be required in person.

Judging is online and solely by public vote.

There is a fee to enter this competition. Paypal is accepted.

The 2008 URSA Awards are currently taking place at:

URSA Awards

Please note, entry can be made by online submission.


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Post by Paula on Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:17 pm

The highly prestigious TOBY INDUSTRY's CHOICE AWARDS are held annually by Teddy Bear and Friends magazine, based the the USA. Calls for entries will be made later in 2008. The deadline for entries is usually some time in January. This is the creme de la creme of teddy bear competitions and the competition will be fierce! A great opportunity to stretch boundaries and reach for the stars! You can find out more about the TOBY's at:

Teddy Bear and Friends website

Please note, there is a fee to enter this competition. Credit cards accepted.
As far as I am aware, entry can only be made by snail mail.
Judging is by a panel of experts. All TOBY INDUSTRY's CHOICE award winners will be published in the Teddy Bear and Friends magazine and entered into a 'PEOPLE's CHOICE AWARD', to be voted by the magazine readership.


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Post by Paula on Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:22 pm

Another highly prestigious annual US competition open to international participants, is the 'GOLDEN TEDDY AWARDS', sponsored by Teddy Bear Review magazine. Calls for entry will be made later in 2008. The deadline for entries is usually some time in January. Once again, competition entries are of an extremely high calibre! Competitions entries are judged on photographic entries and bears are not required to be sent in person.

You can see the 2008 nominees here:

Teddy Bear Review magazine

Please note, there is a fee to enter this competition. Credit cards accepted. Online submissions are accepted.
Judging is by a panel of experts, with final judging invited by the Teddy Bear Review magazine readership.
Successfully nominated bears will be published in the Teddy Bear Review magazine.


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Post by Paula on Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:32 pm

The TED WORLDWIDE competition is held by the German 'Bar Report' magazine and invites international entries. Steiff are involved in this competition and offer a fabulous prize for their category! Entries are required to be sent to the TED WORLDWIDE competition headquarters for final judging.

As far as I am aware, there is a fee for this competition but credit cards are not accepted as a payment means. I haven't taken part in this competition myself, so please find out as many details as you can for yourself prior to entering.

TED WORLDWIDE COMPETITION


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Post by Paula on Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:41 pm

BRITISH BEAR ARTIST AWARDS ... I haven't taken part in this competition for a few years, so if anyone has any relevant details to hand, I'd be grateful if you could add them please! Would you believe I can't seem to find a relevant web page with all the competition details! It would be the case when it's our own awards wouldn't it?!!! Embarassed

Update: The contact for entry into the BBAA's is: wendyhobday@freenet.co.uk

Thanks to Laurie and Ruth I can now add the following details:

Deadline for applications for entry is now 31st August 2008.
Photographic submissions deadline is 3oth September 2008. Initial entry is by photographic submission sent either by post or email.
Successfully nominated bears are required to be present with their makers, at the 'British Bear Fair' in Hove on 23rd November 2008 for final judging.


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Post by Paula on Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:47 pm

The 2008 Taiwan Teddy Bear Creative Awards are still open for entries! The deadline is September 30th 2008.

Please note, there is an entry fee for this competition. Payment can be made by credit card or bank transfer.

Nominated bears will be required to be sent to the Taiwan Teddy Bear Association for final judging and display.

Full details and entry forms can be found at:

Taiwan Teddy Bear Creative Awards

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Post by Paula on Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:55 pm

If anyone has any details about the 'GOLDEN GEORGE' awards, I'd be most grateful if you could add them here! Thanks!

Entries for 2008 are now closed. Am in the process of trying to find out a few more details for the 2009 Golden George competition.

I have had a little more info sent to me, relating to the 2009 Golden George Awards ...

There is an entry fee. Credit card payment is accepted.
Entries can be submitted online.
Successfully nominated bears will be required to attend the 'Teddybar Total' show in Germany for final judging.

Full details can be found at:

Golden George Awards


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Post by Paula on Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:02 pm

The international TITA AWARDS take place in Japan annually. I'm hoping someone out there knows what the entry requirements are, because all I can find is a webpage in Japanese and unfortunately I wouldn't know how to begin translation! I do know English speaking artists who have taken part in this competition and I'm pretty sure bears need to be posted out to Japan for judging. If anyone can enlighten us further, please do!

TITA AWARDS

I have just been advised that successfully nominated entries into the TITA's will be required to be sent to Japan and could be away for up to six months.

There is an entry fee and credit card payments are accepted.


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Post by Laurie on Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:36 pm

The bbaa applications have to be in by 31st July(tomorrow) and photographs have to be submitted by September 1st.
It is 15 for the first entry and slightly cheaper after that.The first round of judging is done by photographs either by e mail or preferably by post.
If you reach the finals and you live in the uk you are required to take your bear down to Hove for judging at the Hove show which is Sunday 23rd November this year.
I have entered the competition this year and it is the first competition that I have ever entered.I made a bear to enter with and then changed my mind as I like my latest bear more although at the moment he has just a head Rolling Eyes
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Post by Ruth on Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:45 pm

Good news Laurie
Wendy Hobday has told me that the deadline has been extended for the entry form to 31st August , and photos to 30th September. Smile
So more of us can enter !!
Huggies , Ruth

EDITED - The photo deadline is ****30TH SEPTEMBER **** , not end of October ; my apologies everyone ! silent silent


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Post by Paula on Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:30 am

Thanks Laurie and Ruth for the BBAA info. Good luck with your entries!

You used to be able to pay by credit card to enter, I'm assuming you still can?

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Post by Paula on Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:08 pm

The Australian Bear Creations Awards 2009, hosted by Woodlands Publishing (Australian Bear Creations magazine) are currently accepting entries for their 2009 Award.

Please note: Deadline is 31st December 2008. Initial submission is by photographic entry (can be submitted online) but successfully nominated entires are required to send their nominated bear to Australia for final judging and promotional touring. Nominated bears will be published in the Australian Bear Creations magazine.

Important note: If successful, your bear will be away for several months.

There is a fee for this competition. Credit card payments are accepted.

Full details and entry forms can be found at:

Australian Bear Creations Awards 2009

UPDATE January 2009:

The Australian Bear Creations Awards ( ABC Awards - Woodlands Publishing - Australian Bear Creations magazine) have just announced that their criteria for entry is now by photographic submission only (so if nominated, your bear won't have to travel to Oz!) and their entry deadline has been extended until February 1st 2009.

Please note: Photographs need to be taken against a plain background and must be sized at 6" X 4". You will need to send both hard copies and a disc containing the pics. You can send a max of five photographs but the minimum requirement is one full length (ie standing) body shot taken from the front, one full length body shot taken of the back, one close up of the face. The other photos may show your bear seated and close ups of any detailing.

Entry forms and information can be downloaded at:

http://www.woodlandspublishing.com.au/abc/comps.html


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Post by Paula on Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:24 pm

Just a quickie ... does anyone know if there is a webpage for the British Bear Artist Awards? Also, can you let me know how people go about getting hold of an entry form please? Thanks!

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Post by Laurie on Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:14 pm

I paid by cheque for my entry but I think there was a section for credit card payments
I don't know if there is a web page as the only place I have seen the awards advertised is in tbci or the hugglets Teddy bear guide.You can contact Wendy by e mail at wendyhobday@freenet.co.uk or telephone 01895 834348 for an entry form.
There is an advert in tbci july issue but the phone number is wrong-as I found out!
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Post by Ruth on Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:35 pm

If you just email Wendy she'll send through a PDF file.
(are your gorgeous bigguns going to take part Paula ?)
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Post by Paula on Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:42 pm

Thanks for the extra info!

I think it's unlikely I'll take part this year Ruth as the deadline date clashes with when I'll be working towards the two main US competitions. Also it would mean keeping my entry to one side on the offchance he was nominated and that means no income from that bear for quite some time ... unfortunately I have to keep my business head on which means that for me, the photographic submission competitions work far better.

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Post by Ruth on Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:49 pm

It's interesting you say that Paula - I seem to be constantly "setting aside" potential competition bears clown clown
I get undecided and they sit looking at me .... my business practise is rubbish as yet ! I'm on a learning curve I think !!

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Post by Paula on Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:23 pm

I really wish I could afford to be a little less firm with myself Ruth ... sometimes I'd love to be able to go back to the days when I was a little less tied to making a profit!

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Post by Lynne Madeley on Thu Sep 18, 2008 5:13 pm

I found this link: http://www.teddybear.co.jp/gallery/8thtita.html
It is in Japanese, but on the right there is the option to read the info in English.
Unfortunately this requires entries by 30th June 2007.
I also found this : http://www.teddybear.co.jp/gallery/tita_08.html
which is for the 2008 awards. I think we can surmise that entries have to be in for June next year, but like Paula I can't read Japanese.

Now we need someone more adept at all this confusing stuff to take it from here... Shocked

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Post by Paula on Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:29 pm

TED WORLDWIDE 2009

Full details and entry form can be found at:

http://www.baerreport.de/_pdf-dateien/TED_Prospekt_2008.pdf

Admission fee is EUR 32.00 for first entry, EUR 22.00 for any further entry. Entry fee can be paid by bank transfer - transfer charges to be paid by entrant. Entry fee can also be paid in Euros cash sent by insured letter. Full details of how to make paymenty are on the entry form.

Entry deadline is 20th July 209.

All nominated entries will be featured in issue 4/2009 of the 'BarReport' magazine and also on their website at www.baerreport.de

IMPORTANT NOTE: IF NOMINATED, YOUR BEAR WILL NEED TO BE DELIVERED TO THE TEDDYBAR WELT FAIR IN WIESBADEN GERMANY, for judging ON 13th/14th March 2010.

This competition has several classes for bear makers - hobbyist/Artist/Masterclass.

It has many interesting categories for bears:

Miniatures dressed and undressed
Old fashioned bears
Design variations (I think this is for more contemporary bears) dressed and undressed
Mixed materials dressed and undressed
Nature bear (on all fours etc)
The zoo (other animals)
Purely mechanics
Subject bear (I think this is for vignettes)

This competition also includes a category for the Steiff Special Award!

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Post by Paula on Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:22 pm

I had a chat with Susan at Bear Basics recently and as a result, she has kindly offered to publish the information and entry forms for the 2009 'British Bear Artist Awards' on her website. Full details of the awards and downloadable entry form (plus an application form for anyone wanting to exhibit at the British Bear Show in Hove) can now be found at:

http://www.bearbasics.co.uk/information/the-british-bear-artist-awards-2009/58/

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