Jury and assessment criteria


The Bear Sculpting Championship 13–14 August 2021

Bear and Cub

The jury will select three best sculptures created in the two-day Bear Sculpting Championship competition on the basis of the assessment criteria.

The chairman of the Championship Competition’s jury is art producer Heli Lukkarinen from The Association for Rural Culture and Education (Maaseudun Sivistysliitto). Other members of the jury are ITE-artist Paula Huhtanen, member of the Ilomantsi municipal government Olli Puhakka, chainsaw sculptor Erkki Rytkönen and the head of rural and energy affairs Pekka Tahvanainen from North Karelia ELY-Centre.

Secretaries of the jury are Raija Kallioinen and Katariina Niskanen from The Association for Rural Culture and Education (Maaseudun Sivistysliitto).

Assessment criteria

Each judge will choose top five favourite pieces and evaluates them independently focusing on the following aspects:

  • Artistic expression
  • Handling of the saw and technical execution
  • Use of material and understanding of timber’s properties (durability, splitting, utilizing the shape of the timber in visual implementation)
  • Expression of competition’s theme Bear and cub in the work
  • Novel and untraditional use of solutions and subjects in an eloquent manner

Based on the judgement scoring will be as follows: best work gets 10 points, second best 8 points, third 6 points, fourth 4 points and fifth 2 points. The combined score from all judges will determine the placings. In the case of a draw the winning work will be the one which received the most 10-point scores. If the score remains even, then 8-point scores will determine the winner and so on.

The jury also has the right to grant honorary awards.

The jury will select representatives from its ranks who will in the awards ceremony share the jury’s opinion of the sculptures, the competition and present the reasoning behind the final rankings of the award-winning works of art.


The jury will award three prizes:

  • 1st prize 1.000 euros
  • 2nd prize 500 euros
  • 3rd prize 300 euros 

The audience will also vote their favourite during August. At the end of the August the sculpting with the most votes wins 700 euros.

The jury may also award recognition prizes worth of 400 euros.