The winners of the 2017 Teddy Bear of the Year (TOBY) Industry’s Choice Awards were announced at the Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show in San Diego Jan. 7. Approximately 200 entries submitted by 80 artists from around the world were each given a score by fellow professionals within the teddy bear collecting field. The highest-scoring entries in each category become this year’s Industry’s Choice winners, and will go on to be the nominees for the Public’s Choice Awards voted on by Teddy Bear & Friends readers.
Originally published in Teddy Bear & Friends November 2016
Candace “Candi” Taylor is the ebullient creator of a marvelous menagerie of bears, owls, squirrels, chipmunks, and all other manner of four-footed critters. Residing in a small enclave in Oregon, Taylor describes her hometown as “living out in the wild.” The animal aficionado couldn’t ask for a better home base and creative outlet: “We moved here in 1978 and built our own home (meaning my husband did all the work) finishing over many years. We have lots of wildlife — deer, elk, cougars, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, and bears. It makes life interesting.”
Get Ready to Enter the 2018 TOBY Awards
The Teddy Bear of the Year (TOBY) competition rewards and encourages excellence in conception, design and execution of teddy bears and soft-sculpture animals. Photos of all the entries are reviewed by teddy bear artists and other professionals within the industry, who evaluate each submission on overall aesthetic appeal, excellence in concept, design, and execution, and quality of material and workmanship. The highest-scoring creations in each category receive the TOBY Industry’s Choice Awards and become the nominees for that year’s TOBY Public’s Choice Awards. Teddy Bear & Friends readers then vote for their favorite nominee in each category to determine the Public’s Choice winners.
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