Enter the 2013 TOBY Awards!

TOBY-logoTeddy Bear & Friends is accepting entries for the 2013 Teddy Bear of the Year (TOBY) competition through Dec. 21, 2012. The TOBY Awards reward and encourages excellence in conception, design and execution of teddy bears and soft-sculpture animals.

 

Photos of all entries are reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges, 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.

 

To enter the 2013 TOBY Award competition, first read all the rules online, then click the TOBY 2013 link to go to the contest entry page.

2012 TOBY Industry’s Choice Award Winners Announced!

 

TOBY-logoThe Industry’s Choice winners for the 2012 TOBY Awards were announced at Crossroad’s San Diego show Jan. 14 and 15. The complete list of winners is posted at the Teddy Bear & Friends website. Photos of all the winning bears and friends will be published in the June 2012 issue of Teddy Bears & Friends, along with the ballot and voting information for this year’s Public Choice awards.

This year’s Industry’s Choice Winners are:

Miniature Artist Bear
• Daisy Thistlewaite – Brenda Power
• Sweet Dreams – Karen Alderson
• Chestnut – Jutta Michels
• Pudding – Katherine Hallam
• Charis – Lisa Madsen

Small Artist Bear, Dressed
• Captain Aramis Rex – Margaret Burke
• Neeko – Ron & Kristy Northman
• Wish Upon a Star – Wendy Walker
• Evangeline – Cheryl Hutchinson
• Oatman – Joanne Livingston

Small Artist Bear, Undressed
• Crystal Blue – Wanda Carson
• Toodle Pip – Michele Seraphim
• Amaretto – Michelle Lamb
• Alpine – Joanne Livingston
• Truffles – Robert Formon

Large Artist Bear, Dressed
• Father Christmas –Martha Burch
• The Benevolent Benjamin – Bev White
• S.S. Madeline – Laura Sanchez & Steve Schutt
• Roxanne –Michelle Lamb
• Pirate Captain – Ron & Kristy Northman

Large Artist Bear, Undressed
• Montana – Sue VanNattan
• Uwe – Britta Helberg
• Bruno – Heike Buchner
• Pando – Donna Nielsen
• Edison – Charlene Draeger

Artist Set or Vignette
• To My Friend in the Holly Night – Ma’Sal Creations
• The Dinner invitation – Darlene Allen
• What Can I Do? – Byunghwa Ahn
• The Boys – Bev White
• The Prospect of Gold – Ron & Kristy Northman

Small Artist “Friends”
• Mischief – Peggy Hayes
• Gabby – Cindy Malchoff
• Lolita – Olga Timofeevski
• Mischief the Lion – Kimberly Zeman
• Finery and Finesse – Shelly Allison

Large Artist “Friends”
• In a Spring Vegetable Garden – Masako Kitao
• Mischief – Cindy Cherry
• Dandelion – Masako Kitao
• Azizi – Krista Griffiths
• Yuri & Momo – Aiko Kawamoto

Artist Creation, Nontraditional Materials
• Willopee – Linda Down
• Grey & White Lifesize Bunny Rabbit – Stevi T.
• Nixi – Krista Griffiths
• Mimi – Olga Timofeevski
• Three Blind Mice – Stevi T.

Manufactured Bear
• Animalcraft Standing Black Bear – Demdaco Plush
• Vesta Jester – Deb Canham Artist Designs
• Old Boy – Steiff
• The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – Hermann-Spielwaren
• A Christmas Carol – Steiff

Manufactured “Friends”
• Snoopy Flying Ace – Steiff
• Chubby Wubs Giraffe, Effie – Demdaco Plush
• Birdie, Rabbit – Steiff
• Rocking Red Dragon – Deb Canham Artist Designs
• Kitten in a Mitten – Steiff