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The 2021 Convention will feature the themed challenge: "Flying Things". How will you interpret the theme in papercraft? It could be anything man-made (heavier or lighter-than-air), biological, extra-terrestrial, mythical, theoretical, or imaginary!

The Awards Committee has provided a more detailed description of the rules and specific objectives of the prize categories awarded.


2019 International Paper Modelers Convention Awards:

Howls Moving Castle

The People's Choice Award is determined by a vote by every IPMC participant and visitor, each of whom was given a ballot and asked to vote for the model they liked the best using whatever criteria they chose. This year's People's Choice Award went to Jack Colin's Howl's Moving Castle model.

The Theme Award ("Oktoberfest – Anything German: buildings, airplanes, ships and watercraft, living creatures, automata, land vehicles of all types, science fiction, fantasy, and real spacecraft and objects, and any other category you can think of, so long as it is German. The final decision as to sufficient Germanicity lies, as always, with the infallible, ineffable, indomitable, and indefatigable Awards Committee.") went to Linda Kemp for her model of Rembrandt van Rijn's The Night Watch on the Way to Oktoberfest.

Jack Colin received a Special Theme Award because every single model on his table was German in one way or another. He was also in German dress and drinking German bier from a German stein.

Rick Steffers won the Most Creative Purposeful Misinterpretation of the Theme Award for his Spocktoberfest display.

The Best Table Display Award went to Tom and Olivia Greensfelder for their superbly presented collection of antique paper models.

The Most Unusual Model Award was presented to Kell Black for his collection of a stapler, a Kodak Brownie Box Camera, and clothes pin. Kell's paper model of a paperclip is on display in a museum.

The Greg Perry Silk Purse out of a Sow's Ear Award, for best build from a challenging or "bad" kit, was a tie between Tom Greensfelder's Bleriot monoplane and Alan Wheeler's Junkers D.I.

The Committee awarded a special award for its Contribution to Education Through Paper Modeling to the Stuart Hall School, which participated in the event this year, along with teachers Brad and Ashley Arnold. The models designed and built by the students and the faculty were superb.


2018 International Paper Modelers Convention Awards:

The newly-formed Awards Committee experienced some difficulty in the 2018 People's Choice Award when the numbers assigned the the models for voting became confused from the specific models. During tallying, the votes were very widely spread among many models, but a clear repeat winner emerged in Ray Smith's scratchbuilt Fokker D. VIII. As a second-time winner (first in 2014), he will be retiring this magnificent model from competition.

Best Theme Table: Rick Steffers, for an amazing variety of sea creatures and seafood-related models.

Best Theme Individual Model: Jack Colin, for "The one that got away," a diorama of a UFO abducting a large fish creature while the much smaller human fisherman runs for his life.

Best Table Display: Dave Winfield, for his display of his many designs, including KoolWheelz, his Saladin, various Canadair Tutors, and more. His interlocking cardboard display shelves were much admired as well.

Most Unusual Model: The committee deadlocked on this award. Fortunately, both finalists were built by the same person. Jim Baker won for his foam-core house and/or his stacking pagoda Bento box.

Special Recognition: Peter Heesch, who after many years of loyally and generously supporting the Convention in a variety of ways, actually built a model for the first time in anyone's memory. His Trout on a Fishing Pole was thematically appropriate as well.

Productivity Award: Thomas Clay, whose extensive table display consisted entirely of new models, built within the last year. He got a German castle, which he should be able to complete easily in a short time.

Comedy Award: Rick Steffers' Flopping Fish on a Chopping Block automaton.


2017 International Paper Modelers Convention Awards:

People's Choice Award: Kevin Stephens' Dragon Wagon

Kevin's M26 tractor and Sherman Tank shared the 2015 People's Choice award, before the trailer was built.

Theme Award for Best Tank or Tanker Model: Roger Griffith's Panzer V Panther Tank.

Best Table Display: Don Weeks displayed a wide variety of 1:50 scale tanks.

Most Unusual Model: Greg Perry's Kalinin K-12 Phoenix, a tail-less pre-WWII bomber in "firebird" colors.

Greg Perry Silk Purse Out of a Sow's Ear Endowed Award: Jack Colin's Raiders of the Lost Ark Flying Wing.

Special Awards for Best Misinterpretation of the Theme: Linda Kemp displayed several fish tanks and an oversized tankard.


photos by Don Boose

In a similar vein, Jack Colins crafted a set of miniature tankards inscribed with "Thanks" written in different languages!


2016 International Paper Modelers Convention Awards:

People's Choice Award: Roger Griffith's 2001 Space Station V

Featuring light and sound. Roger presented the story of building this highly-detailed model at the 2015 convention.

Theme Award for Best Space (Real & Imagined) Model: Scott Reiman's table of (real) satellite models.

Best Table Display: Matt Jefson's huge display of scratch-built agricultural machinery (Agrigami).

Most Unusual Model: Linda Kemp's Intergalactic RV/Cookie Jar with (non-paper) cookies inside.

Humor Award: Ray Smith's Filet Minion and Sushi Nemo food curiosities.

Automata Award: George Kloda's display of a multitude of complex automata.

Greg Perry Silk Purse Out of a Sow's Ear Endowed Award: Joe Bloom's display of early Mały models.

Awards Chairman's Special Awards: Rick Steffers for Space (Imagined) Science Fiction Models and Outstanding Support of the IMPC.


photos by Don Boose

Anne McCombs for turning her Russian Bell Airacuda Sow's Ear into a Silk Purse and for music, choreography, and tour guiding.

Thanks much to Don Boose, Lil Boose, Anne McCombs and Rick Steffers for organizing the IPMC 2016 Awards Committee!


2015 International Paper Modelers Convention Awards:

People's Choice 3rd Place: Kevin Stephens' M4A3 Sherman Tank

People's Choice 2nd Place: Jim Baker's St. Vitus Cathedral

1:350 scale kit by Betexa, with many, many flying buttresses

People's Choice 1st Place: Kevin Stephens' M25 Dragon Wagon tractor

A 1:25 scale GPM kit which took almost three years to complete!

Theme Award for Best Animal Model: Linda Kemp's "I.P.M.C." mouse.

Theme Award for Best Automaton Model: Rev. Thomas Davies Clay's model "The Dogs' Debate" a contraption featuring action as well as sound.

Best Table Display: Rob Tauxe's spectacular display of Bruno Van Hecke's paper models, including 1:300 airlines suspended in a mobile, an array of Douglas airliners pinned to the table like insects, and 1:100 flying boats.

Most Unusual Model: Peter Ansoff's rainbow-hued leaning tower of Pisa.

Greg Perry Silk-Purse-out-of-a-Sow's-Ear Award for the best model made from a problematic kit: David Wexelblat for his Castle Hohenzollern, a Schreiber-Bogen reprint of a nineteenth-century model.

Awards Committee Special Awards: Bill Kastenmeier for his model of Werner von Braun's Ferry Rocket and Space Station.

Most Traveled Model Award: Badru Akeem of Abeokuta, Nigeria, was not able to attend, but sent this conceptual model of an Olympic Stadium for Egba, Nigeria.

Award for making the IPMC Possible: At the banquet, Alan Wheeler presented on behalf of us all, a card and gift certificate to Peter Ansoff, the driving force behind the IPMC.

Thanks much to Don Boose, Lil Boose, Anne McCombs and Rick Steffers for organizing the IPMC 2015 Awards Committee!


2014 International Paper Modelers Convention Awards:

The winner of the 2014 People's Choice Award: Ray Smith's 1/32-scale cutaway Fokker D-VIII.

Theme Award for Best Secular Architectural Model: Rev. Thomas Clay Davies' model of the Roman baths at Bath, England.

Most Unusual Architectural Model: Steven Marshall's giant Pineapple house and related Sponge Bob Squarepants models.

Best Table Display: Jason Smith for his array of various models including automata

Other special awards:

Dave Winfield, for his superb 1/16 model of a Centurian tank with spare treads.

Greg Mumma, for his outstanding ship models.

Linda Kemp, for her multitude of excellent models of buildings.

The staff of the Hampton Inn were presented with a special model of "Hampton Castle".

Thanks much to Alan Wheeler, Don Boose, Anne McCombs and Rick Steffers for organizing the IPMC 2014 Awards Committee!


International Paper Modelers Convention Show Awards 2013-2008