Bear Festival

Speed Sculpting Competition rules 2019

Bear Sculpting Championships in Ilomantsi, Finland, 15 and 16 August 2019

The theme of the Bear Sculpting Championships, GoBearGo, offers endless possibilities for participants to express their creativity freely. The sculptors are invited to describe their bears in action!

Rules of the competition 2019


  • Applications for the competition will be open to 30 April 2019. Please register using the form that can be found on our website at
  • A maximum of 25 sculptors will be entered in the competition in the order of the receipt of applications.
  • If there are places left, sculptors can enter the competition at the Bear Festival competition office on the day of the competition, Saturday, 17 August 2019 from 8-10 am.
  • Those who have entered the competition will receive a letter with more details about matters such as the competition site, accommodation and catering. The competitors pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.
  • Competitors must be 16 or over. A consent from parents must accompany an application from an applicant younger than 18.


  • The speed sculpting competition will be held at the Bear Arena in Katri Vala Cultural Centre on 17 August 2019. The competition will begin by preparing the block of timber at 11 am, and the competition runs from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

Sculpting, tools, equipment and safety

  • The competition theme is GoBearGo. The organiser hopes that the competitors express a personal and creative take on the theme.
  • A chainsaw must be used for sculpting. Other tools can be used for finishing the sculpture.
  • The competitors will bring their own chainsaw and other 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 considers the safety of themselves, other competitors and the audience.

Judging and prizes:

  • The three best sculptures in the speed competition will be determined by the audience vote. The voting will take place immediately after the sculpting time is over. Prizes: 1st prize EUR 700, 2nd prize EUR 400, 3rd prize EUR 300.

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.
  • Some bears will be reserved as so-called ‘sponsor bears’ for companies supporting the activities. The future owners will be responsible for the display, maintenance and storage of the sculptures.
  • The Association 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 2019 Bear Festival.