2018 Competition

United Taxidermists of New York

The 2018 UTNY Competition & Convention will be held April 5th to April 8th at the Holiday Inn in Auburn, NY. 

The UTNY Board members are working very hard to bring everyone an outstanding event. 

We plan to have top quality competition pieces, outstanding seminars, superior judges,

friendly & knowledgeable vendors, and great awards banquet. 

Call the Holiday Inn in Auburn, NY now to reserve a room and be right next to all the action!


Reserve your room at least two weeks in advance to get the $90/night UTNY rate.

Below you will find information about this years President's Challenge, Seminars, and                                                   Judges Bio's for the 2018 UTNY Competition & Convention.

The 2017 President's Challenge was the Turkey.                         The 2018 President's Challenge is a Raccoon!

Shawn Conrad's turkey was selected as the winner!                                           Life-size Mount.



2018 Competition Judges:

Brian Noody - Birds and Fish

Brian has been a lifelong taxidermist doing his first mounts when he was nine years old.  He grew up in Alden, NY where                                        he ran a full service taxidermy business while in high school and college.  At that time he was also an active competitor                                            at the Empire State Taxidermy Association.  After college, he closed his large scale commercial business and focused his art                                  by only doing a few custom pieces for select clients.  Over the years he continued to perfect his skills and started competing                                 again for the past eight years.  He has won numerous awards with a strong focus on skin mount fish.

Brian has won Best of Show at the Worlds, 1 World Title, 2 Challenge of the Art Titles, 3 National Titles,                                                                      1 North American Championship, 3 Breakthrough Awards, and 1 WASCO Award.

Gianni Sanzo - Mammals & Gameheads

  Gianni (John) Sanzo was born in Italy 64 years ago and immigrated to Canada in 1972.

John married his lovely wife Lucy in 1978. They have 3 beautiful daughters and 5 adorable grandkids.

  Gianni was introduced to taxidermy at the young age of 25.  From there his love for the art bloomed and he learned

from the best of the old school. His persistence in the art has gotten him all over the world having taught and judged

in the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Gianni particularly enjoys giving seminars and teaching the art of taxidermy.

Personally he loves hanging around taxidermists and treasures the many friends he has made in the industry.
   Gianni specializes in large and small mammals having won several Wasco, many first and Best of Category ribbons,

and several Peoples Choice awards in both State and National competitions.

Recently Gianni won Third in the World in the live sculpturing division at the World Show.
You will find Gianni very eager to share his knowledge with everyone.

Hilton Eppley - Whitetails                                         

Hilton has been sculpting since the age of 9, nearly 45 years ago, including being a sculptor

for Buckeye Manikins when they first opened their business.  Hilton went back to sculpting his own line of forms and owns

and operates Hilton Eppley Forms L.L.C. in central Ohio.
Hilton has won numerous awards for his taxidermy work along the way including NTA Joseph Bruchac Memorial Award Judges’ Choice

for Best Whitetail Deer, NTA North American Champion and Best in the World.  He is a Lifetime member and certified Judge of the NTA.
Besides sculpting new lines of whitetail, Hilton collects antique fishing lures and hunts for early settler artifacts. 

He also operates a top notch Whitetail hunting guide service.  Hilton is a fine cheese connoisseur and wine aficionado.
Watch for big things coming out from “Team Eppley”

2018 Seminars:

Brian Noody - Fish Anatomy & Reference

Hilton Eppley - Whitetail Mounting

Gianni Sanzo - Basic Mammal Sculpting & Reference

Gregg Ielfield - Waterfowl Mounting

Todd Capitano - Turkey Breast Mount

Mark Visneski - Half Mount Black Bear

Scott Wilkinson - Whitetail Finishing

Don Miller & Jerry St.Pierre - Mammal Form Alterations

Hilton Eppley & Tim Jordan - Hands-on Whitetail Mounting Seminar (Thursday)

Josh Saville - Hands-on Duck Mounting Seminar (Thursday)


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