Bear Sculpting Championships in Ilomantsi, Finland, 16 and 17 August 2018
The theme of the Bear Sculpting Championships, Wild Nature, offers endless possibilities for participants to express their creativity freely. The sculptors will describe their own relationship with wild nature. Does wild nature have any place in a world where urbanisation is spreading? Can wild nature still be found?
Rules of the competition
Applications for the competition will be open from 1 March to 15 May 2018. Please register using the form that can be found on our website at https://msl.fi/karhufestivaali/english/registration-2017/.
Selection of competitors
A maximum of 20 applicants and invitees will be invited to enter the competition.
By 4 June 2018, those chosen to participate will receive a letter with more details about matters such as the competition site, accommodation and catering.
Competitors must be 16 or over. A consent from parents must accompany an application from an applicant younger than 18.
The sculpture must be made using the block of timber provided by the organiser.
The competitors are allowed to change their block of timber once before the start of the competition.
Tools, equipment and safety
In addition to a chainsaw, any tools that are intended or suitable for carving wood can be used for sculpting.
The competitors will bring their own tools, fuel and chain oil (eco-friendly) as well as extension cords if necessary.
As a minimum requirement, the competitors must wear cut-resistant jackets, trousers and safety footwear, as well as hearing and eye protection. The competitors must bring their own safety equipment to the competition site.
Each competitor must ensure that they are fully insured.
The sculptors must commit to working in a manner that takes into account the safety of themselves, other competitors and the audience.
Registration will take place between 9 and 11 on Thursday morning, 16 August. The competition will start at noon and continue until 6 pm. On Friday, the competition runs from 9 am until 5 pm.
Judging and prizes
The theme of the 2018 Bear Sculpting World Championships is Wild Nature. The organiser hopes that the competitors express a personal and creative take on the theme. The grounds for the assessment will be published on the Bear Festival homepage in June 2018. Prizes: 1st prize EUR 1,000, 2nd prize EUR 500, 3rd prize EUR 300. Prize for the audience’s favourite EUR 400.
The panel of judges will consist of experts selected by the organiser.
The panel will select the three best sculptures on the basis of the assessment grounds.
The award ceremony will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, 18 August 2018.
Ownership of the competition sculptures
The competition sculptures will be owned by the Vaara-Karjala Cultural Association of the Association for Rural Culture and Education. A deed of transfer will be drawn up for the sculptures. Some bears will be reserved as so-called ‘sponsor bears’ for companies supporting the activities. These will be drawn from sculptures selected by the association after the competition. The future owners will be responsible for the display, maintenance and storage of the sculptures.
The Union for Rural Culture and Education reserves the right to select two sculptures for its ITE art collection.
Photographs and videos
The organisers have the right to use photographs and other recordings taken during the competition in their competition-related communications.
The main organisers of the competition are the Association for Rural Culture and Education and its regional organisation, the Vaara-Karjala Cultural Association. The competition is part of the 2018 Bear Festival.