Since 1999 I have been at trade fairs and I participate in competitions for bear makers. I like to make mini bears and in this category (up to 12 cm) I send in bears.
The first time I participated in a competition at Teddybär Total in Germany, I immediately won prizes.
That is a nice rating and makes you happy.
After that I regularly participated, also in the USA (Toby Award), in Switzerland and in England.
I received many nominations and Awards, but you cannot get higher than an Award in the master class.
That's why I stopped competing and left the honor to new bear makers.