The Taxidermy Hall of Fame Board of Directors decided six years ago to hold nominations for the THOF on even years and the induction of a new class of honorees on odd-numbered years. Nominations for the class of 2025 opened on September 1, 2023 and will remain open until January 31, 2025. The THOF is open to nominations from all countries of the world, and anyone can make a nomination as long as the requirements established by the THOF Board of Directors are followed. Nominations may be submitted by anyone who believes a potential candidate has contributed significantly in many possible ways to the profession of taxidermy.
Following are the guidelines and criteria that must be followed for a nomination to be considered by the THOF Selections Committee. Board member Skip Skidmore has taken on the duties of nomination coordinator and has prepared the following application with guidelines that must be followed completely, along with a biographical sketch (story) detailing the contributions of each nominee.
The Nomination Process
The purpose of the Taxidermy Hall of Fame is to honor individual persons who have contributed significantly to the advancement of taxidermy anywhere in the world. Any taxidermy enthusiast can nominate potential inductees who meet basic eligibility requirements. The qualifications include outstanding and unique contributions to the taxidermy profession in which there is a significant impact or influence upon the taxidermy community, whether by and not limited to, innovative techniques, development of materials, creative mounts, or educational advancements. Nominations can be made for living or deceased persons. Nominators cannot nominate themselves.
Nominee applications will be reviewed and approved by vote by the THOF Selection Committee with a vote in March 2025. If there are more than 10 nominee applications the THOF 20-member Selection Committee will consider, vote on, and reduce the number of nominees to 10 no later than March 31, 2025. The final selection of inductees will be made by the THOF Executive Committee, which is composed of the board of directors and advisory board with a vote in May 2025. The class of 2025 inductees will be announced in June 2025, and the induction ceremony will take place in July 2025. There can be up to 4 new inductees selected for the THOF for each induction class, two contemporary inductees and two historical inductees.
In the Spring of 2020 the THOF decided to separate inductees into two categories. Historical, whose major contributions were 50 years before his or her nomination date and Contemporary whose contributions were more recent.
There is no charge of any nomination application processing fee.
Induction requires at least 70 percent approval vote by the Advisory Board and Selection Committee. This qualifying vote will be made in March 2025.
The Selection Committee is not responsible for research and obtaining necessary photos documentation or materials for nominees. This information is the responsibility of the nominator.
Top nominees will be listed on the THOF website.
Individuals can start submitting nominations for the class of 2025 on September 1, 2023. Go here for the THOF nomination application.