These are all wonderful entries. I agree, I wouldn't want to be one of the judges. With the superb work that went into these entries the judging must've been extremely difficult.
You all should give yourself a pat on the back as in my opinion these are all winning bears.
Marion, even though your bears are crocheted if you hadn't told us so I'm not sure we would believe it.
I know it's been said over and over, but it deserves to be repeated. These teddies and friends are outstanding. Like Ellen said, keep your chins up and try, try again (I know how hard that can be though). I've been making and submitting for over eight years and until yesterday hadn't even been nominated. There are only a few spaces and so many wonderful entries to chose from it must give those judges a headache. Keep working, every loved bear is a winner.
Amazing pieces! I think we all have to remember that our art just might be "ahead of the curve". When I first started creating my cats I think the judges didn't know what to make of my work?! There were very few "other" animal artists when I started. I perservered, tried to improve my work and eventually I was accepted. I'm really glad I didn't stop at the first rejections
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