About Ribbons and Places

In the past, there always was a lot of confusion about the correct interpretation of the different colors and sizes of the Ribbons. The Audience, the media as well as the taxidermy community often were unable to understand the ribbon system. After every European Taxidermy Championships®, we noticed that there were too many “Champions”. Small or medium-sized blue ribbon winners were presented as “the” European Champions by the media’s opinion or by themselves. Good for them but not for the integrity of the European Taxidermy Championships®. So it’s obvious that some explanations about the system must be published!

Small sized Ribbons are placed in all Divisions and Categories. The colors represent the competitors’ standard of performance and quality of work in consideration of the entered Division / Category and do not indicate any places or ranks.

Blue    = 90 – 100 of 100 Points (very good up to perfect quality standard)

Red     = 80 – 89 of 100 Points (good quality standard, needs some improvement to be very good)

Yellow = 70 – 79 of 100 Points (satisfactory quality standard but needs improvement to reach the next level)

No Ribbon = the competitors work does not correspond to the requested quality standard and needs at least basic improvement.

Medium sized Ribbons (placed additionally to the small ones), imprinted with the name of the award, are used in the Novice-, Professional- and Collective Artists Division. No eligibility for any European titles!

Blue = Best of Novice Division, Best of Professional Category, Best of Collective Artists Division.

Red = Second of Novice Division, Second of Professional Category, Second of Collective Artists Division.

Yellow = Third of Novice Division, Third of Professional Category, Third of Collective Artists Division.

Large / Extra Large sized Ribbons (placed additionally to the small ones), imprinted with the name of the award, are used in the Master Division / Division of Excellence.

Blue = Best of Europe (European Champion) / First Place Award of Excellence

Red = Second Best of Europe / Second Place Award of Excellence

Yellow = Third Best of Europe / Third Place Award of Excellence

Ribbons in different other colors are given for “Special Awards” and are independent of the ETC® Rules & Regulations.