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Proudly Presents the . . .

The 2015 URSA Winners


10th Annual
URSA Awards Competition

"Reach Beyond The Stars"



Congratulations to all the URSA Award Winners!

= First Place = Second Place = Third Place
Listed by their First Names and in their own words.
Aire Kapstas

Bears by Aire'


I am very, very thankful to all who voted
for my little mouse named Misy.

Thank You!

And also I want to say 'Thank You' to
Valerie for a very warm welcome and support.

I'm very happy because I have found teddy bear making and the joy it brings.

I wish all the best for everyone!









Mouse Misy

Waterford Ornaments
Angela Yip

Purple Bean Bear
Hong Kong


First of all, congratulations to Bears&Buds on the celebration of your 10th anniversary.

I would like to thank the Bears&Buds for enriching my bear making journey since I started it a few years ago.

The URSA Award Competition is really my favorite bear contest because of its wide range of categories which promotes innovation, creativeness and modern elements in the traditional teddy bear art.

The URSA Awards Competition has offered opportunities for Hong Kong fashion bears to face the world.

My heartfelt thanks, must of course, go to all my friends and high school alumni who have voted in support of Belle Flora and all my bears in past too.

I also enjoy making new friends in the bear world.

Last but not least, my thanks to Gloria Chan who introduced me to this fascinating world.

Happy bear-making to all of you!




Bella Flora

Annalisa Taddei

The Tuscany Bear Maker

Tuscany Italy



I am absolutely thrilled and honored to have two of my bears receive an URSA Awards among so many talented artists and their amazing creations.

Huge thanks go to Valerie and her team at Bears&Buds for organizing the URSA Awards Competition.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, without I couldn’t be here!

A special thanks goes to my family that support me in each moment of my life!

Big bear hugs to you all!




Tan Mohair        


Anne-Marie Verron

The Bear Fallen From the Stars

Heillecourt, France



First of all, my thanks go to all those who voted and took time to support Théodore and Barnabé.

These last years, I had a wonderful time voting during the URSA Awards Competitions and discovering new artists. I finally decided to be on the other side this year and become a contestant.
For my first time entering and what a wonderful surprise to be awarded!

I would also like to thank Valerie Rogers for her kindness, organizing the competition is so much work! She has been promoting worldwide artists for 10 years like a pro.

Special thanks to my daughter Charlotte for her help and support, all this beautiful adventure would never have happened without her!

Finally, congratulations to all the winners, it is so great to be among such talented artists!




Theodore &













Bec Allnatt

Bears by Becca
Orelia, West Australia



I would just like to take this time to say a massive thank you to all the beary wonderful folks out there that took the time to vote for all the bears in this wonderful URSA Awards Competition.

I am very honoured and grateful that Buckle is taking home a prize in this year.

A big thank you from me and my creations.



Hugglets Guide



Beth Hutchison


Colorado, USA



WOW! I am thrilled to win an URSA Award for my Woodland Fox.

This is the first time I have entered the URSA Awards Competition and it is the first award I have ever won for my ScaliWagGrr creations.

There were so many exceptional entries that it is a very great honor to be among the winners.

I want to thank and give a big Bear Hug to everyone who voted for my Woodland Fox. It really brings me happiness to know that my work is appreciated by others. Plus it gives me the desire and incentive to continue to create and put forth the effort to hone my craft.

And finally, Thank you Valerie for all that you do for teddy bear artists!

Thank you!



Woodland Fox





Brenda Parker 


Wyoming, USA



I am delighted that Reese was selected to be among the URSA Awards Competition winners.

It is always exciting to enter the URSA Awards and to share my work with others. It is even more of a thrill when a bear I have created has won an award.

I would like to send warm hugs to all those who voted in this year's competition. I receive so much joy in creating my bears and it is truly rewarding when others like my work enough to vote for it. Thank you for your support!

A special thank you also goes out to Valerie and the whole team at Bears&Buds for the terrific job they do.

Congratulations to all the winners!

bear hugs...Brenda





Brendan Daly

Brendan's Bears
Oxford, England


Sincere thanks to everyone who voted for Hesketh in the 10th URSA Awards Competition.

Many congratulations to Valerie and her team for a decade of splendidly organized contests affording bear artists the opportunity to share their work with a worldwide audience.

I also applaud all fellow bear artists whose entries make this such an exciting and prestigious contest.

Here's to the next 10 years!

Kind regards,





Candi Taylor

Candi Bears
Oregon, USA


What a wonderful competition!

I look forward to this every year and would like to thank everyone who participated in this years event.

It takes many to pull together the URSA Awards Competition; artists, voters, and the technical crew who list all these special creations.

I really love designing new and sometimes unusual animals.

This year has been great, I thoroughly enjoyed entering and look forward to next year's categories.

Hugs, Candi


The Gypsy's Quest


The Polar Fox


The Hare

Teddy Bear Treasury

Swiss Miss


Christina Metcalfe

A Bear Named Jack
South Yrokshire, England



I am so honoured, surprised and thrilled to have won my very first URSA Award Competition.

I would like to take this opportunity to heartily thank each and every person who took the time to vote for me and support my work.

Since 'A bear named Jack' was launched in June 2013 my creativity and love for bear making just keeps growing. Liquorice was my very first panda and since then he has many brothers, sisters and cousins in collectors hugs. For this reason he will always be so special.

I would like to congratulate all the entrants and finalists in this years competition; your creativity and talent keeps everyone striving for even greater perfection.

Thank you to Valerie for organizing a superb, fun and enjoyable 2015 URSA Awards Competition.

Much love and hugs to you all x.



Coin purse



Dawn James

Hugs Unlimited
West Yorkshire, England


I am feeling on top of the world to have won
an URSA Award.

I also feel very humble because there are so many beautiful creations in the competition, that to have Freya amongst the winners has been such a wonderful surprise.

I want to sincerely thank all the people that took their time to vote for Freya. I really appreciate each and every vote.

A very special thank you must go to Valerie
and her team for all the hard work that goes into making Bears&Buds so special and the URSA Awards Competition so inspiring.

Hugs, Dawn



Christmas Cards



Denise Graham

Expressions by Neicie
Florida, USA


I am humbled and honored to be a winner in the 2015 URSA Awards competition for my fox named Dakota.

A huge thank you to all the collectors, family and friends that voted for my piece.

I am so pleased to be able to make a living doing something that I love so much. With your continued support, I hope to keep making bears and friends for many more years.

A special thank you to my sisters for their never ending support, love and belief in my arts. Their talents and artistic abilities keep me inspired and keep me striving for betterment of my own.

Thank you Valerie, for all your hard work that goes into making the URSA Awards competition the wonderful event that we all look forward to each year. As usual you did an outstanding job!

I look forward to another year of creating bears and buds for the collectors, friends and my family.



Diana Watts

Florida, USA


Thank you all!

It is such an honor just to be included with all these talented artists and wonderful creations competing in the URSA Awards Competition this year.

I want to thank all who have supported me and my creations through the years and the many friends that I have made through the teddy bear industry.

Just looking back writing this brings a smile to my face and a prayer for those we have lost this year.

To my husband Steve for his tireless support!
As you all know I would not complete without him.

To Valerie and her huge support over the years!

To my family and friends that have put in endless nights helping me!

I cannot thank all of you enough and just know how much I love you all!

Hugs, Diana


Woodland &






Dilys Pang

Dily's Bears & Craft Designs
Macau, China


I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to thank my teacher Gloria Chan.

Although I have loved and collected teddy bears since I was a child, I never try to make any teddy bears until I met Gloria three years ago.

She introduced me to this wonderful teddy bear world.

I would like to thank my family, all of my friends, everyone who vote for my bear and Valerie and her team at Bears&Buds.

Congratulations to all the artists for their entries and all the winners in the URSA Awards Competition.





Erin Roy

Bears *n* Bling

Ontario, Canada



What an exciting 2015 URSA Awards Competition!

With so many talented artists showcasing their stunning creations, I am honoured to have placed among them.

Congratulations not only to those who won, but to all who entered. EVERYONE is a star and shines brightly in our bear-making world.

Thank you to those of you who visited the URSA Awards this year, to cast your votes as you make this venue possible.

And thank you to the brightest stars: Valerie and her team. Once again your hard work, support and encouragement have made the 2015 URSA Awards a great success as well as a fun and memorable event.

Bear Hugs

Sir Weston

T.C. Conner the Town Crier

Merilia & Pearl















Cash equivalent


Rose Mohair


Good Bears of the World Membership

Francesca Boretti


Argau, Switzerland



I feel honored to again be part of this wonderful contest.
Thank you Valerie for making it happen!
It is such a thrill to discover that one of my creations has won in the URSA Award Competition!

A heartfelt thank you to all the kind people who voted for dear Copernicus.
A very special thank goes to my husband, and to my faithful collectors: without your encouragement and support I wouldn't be able to go on doing what I like.

Another person deserves my warm gratitude, and that is my friend and talented artist Erin Roy, who encouraged me to enter the competition this year!



the Welshie





Hilda Ng

Teddy Village

Hong Kong


Hello everyone,

This is my second year of participating the URSA Award Competition.

I feel very excited and would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teddy friends who has voted for me.

Special thanks to my husband who always supports me for what I love doing.

And last but not least, I want to thank Valerie and the team for her professional arrangement
in the competition.

Hugs, Hilda





Fashion Pin

Ina Smirnova

Bears and Roses

Vilniaus, Lithuania

Hello my dear friends!

I am so happy to know that I am URSA Awards winner again!

I would like to thank everyone who voted for my little fairy Aria!

It is so wonderful to have you, my dear collectors, my friends and, of course, my beloved family. I appreciate your support, your kind words and your precious votes!

I am so proud to be with so talented teddy artists this year and I want to thank each one of URSA Awards participants for the good company!

Hope that next year will be successful for me and my creatures.

Bear hugs from Lithuania!


Spring Fairy Aria

Inna Vinogradova

Inna's Bears
St. Petersburg, Russia


I am very happy to take part in the URSA Awards Competition this year!

Huge congratulations to the URSA team on the
10 years on-line anniversary!

You have a wonderful mission is to unite authors and teddy bear fans from around the world.


Thank you very much for this difficult work.

Heartfelt thanks from Goldfinch and Popper for everyone who voted for them.

Thank you,


the Goldfinch

Cash equivalent
Irina Zlobin

True Bears
Republic of Moldova


This is my first big, online competition ever; so I'm thrilled and over the moon happy to be among the winners.

Noah was a bear that I made, using a totally different pattern for the first time. One good experiment.

First off all, I would like to thank everyone who made 10th Annual URSA Awards Competition possible and in particular Valerie, who was very helpful and kind.

Also, I want to thank each and everyone who voted for me. Your support and appreciation means the world to me. I wouldn't get here without you.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2015 URSA Awards Competition. Some off them I have met in person, others I hope to meet.  Your creations truly a piece of art.

A big thank you to all the artists as well. Your creations are wonderful and each of you are winners in my eyes.

Bear hug you all,




Jane Blowes

Mo Bear Designs
Alberta, Canada


I can't explain how excited and thrilled I am to have one of my creations place in the URSA Awards Competition.

I would like to thank everyone who voted for Latte and all the wonderful creations by such talented artists from around the World.

I would also like to thank Valerie and her team for giving us this forum to showcase our
creations. All their hard work is invaluable to the URSA Awards and artists.

Thanks again for all your support.

Big Bear Hugs,





Kay Cooper

Cooper Bears
Kelmscott, West Australia


First of all I would like to thank everyone that took the time to vote in the URSA Awards Competition. Your encouragement and support has been wonderful and has blessed my heart.

I would also like to thank Valerie and Bears&Buds, not only for this competition but for her tireless efforts for all teddy bear artists. Her hard work, on behalf of all artists, without exception and without bias is amazing.

Also like to say how honored I am to be amongst the wonderful bear artists in this competition. The standard of work is so high and it never ceases to amaze me how talented you all are.

From the bottom of my heart thank you all.




Tatania Queen of the Fairies


Linda Chiasson

Bear in Mind Collectibles
Ontario, Canada


Winning a competition such as this is both humbling and exciting.

To have one’s work recognized at this level is the icing on the cake.

It is a validation of all the years of hard work and dedication to a cherished craft that I put so much into.

Thank you to all who have supported me not only in this competition but over the past 16 years as a teddy bear craftier.

Bearhugs, Linda


White Plush



Lynn Bowie

Madabout Bears


I always enjoy entering the URSA Awards Competition and this year I was over the moon to find out that I had won not one

but two awards, against some very stiff competition!

I would like to thank every single person who voted for my bears.

I would also like to thank Valerie for all her hard work in making these awards actually happen and for my long suffering family for putting up with all my long hours spent in my studio.

Lynn. xxx










Marilyn Wagner

Middletown, OH USA

I would like to say how excited I am to have my teddy bear win an award in the URSA Awards Competition.

I have met so many wonderful people and have made some great friends over the years.

I would like to thank everyone who voted for my bear Romeo.

Also a special thanks to my wonderful husband, without his support I would not be able to do what I love.

Thank you Valerie for all you do for the teddy bear industry.

Bear Hugs


Polar Cup



Marina Osetrova

Marina Osetrova Bears
Moscow, Russia



Over the lifetime of the URSA Awards Competition, a lot of famous artists have participated. I am very pleased and I am exciting to take part in the prestigious competition. It is a great honor for me and responsibilities.

I want to say a huge thank all of you who voted for my bears! Without your support nothing would have happened!

I want to thank Valerie and Bears&Buds team! They made a great job! I felt their support, attention and care! Thank you for the opportunity to have seen my bears worldwide.

Congratulations to all the winners!

I always look forward to seeing the entries.

Thank you everyone! I do my bears with great love and always with a great mood! Let this love bless you!

Thanks so much again!

Hugs, Marina







Fashion Pin



Marjolein Vos

Mick Bears
Gelderland, The Netherlands

Thank you all for voting on Laika!

It is a lot of work but I love to make the dogs and I am very happy Laika won a URSA Award.

I hope I can make a lot more dogs and bears.

With love,












Martha Burch

Martha's Bears
Wisconsin, USA


I would like to say "thank you so very much" to everyone who took the time to vote.


It must have been very difficult as there were so many wonderful pieces.

As a bear artist, I am always honored to have my work appreciated by collectors and peers.


The art of teddy bears has allowed me to express my artistic side in a very fun way.


It has also allowed me to make many wonderful friends both in the real world and the virtual world.

Thank you again and many bear hugs to you all.



Armillaria the Mushroom Queen

Michelle Nunnery

Little Bittie Bears 

Florida, USA



I am beyond honored to have won an URSA Award Competition again for the 3rd year!

I would never have imagined this when I first entered.

Once again, I want to thank my customers and fans. Honestly without all of your help, inspiration, ideas and words of encouragement, I would not be where I am today.

I truly have the best customers, whom over the years have also become some of my best friends.

Valerie is such a hard worker and I truly appreciate all she does for us artists.

I am glad we have a place to show and sell our work through Bears&Buds online magazine, shows and URSA Awards; so THANK YOU Valerie, you are amazing.

I hope we can all keep the teddy bear world alive forever and pass it on to our families to keep collecting traditions.

Thanks again for your votes,

Hugs, Michelle





Natalia Petelina

Petelina Natalia Toys

District Ukraine


Friends, I am pleased to once again be a winner in the URSA Awards Competition which always brings me joy and inspiration.

First I want to thank all those people who took the time and opportunity to support me by voting for my teddy bear. It is very important to me and I felt your support.

I want to thank Valerie and the entire Bears&Buds team for what this competition which unites artists again and again challenging us to create a feast of entries for the masters, collectors and all to see.

And to congratulate all the URSA Award winners! You are wonderful and deserve recognition and I'm glad to be in such great company.

I am sending vibes of happiness to each of you and remember you that only love and beauty can make this world truly wonderful.

Bear Hugs,




Hand painted sign
Pamela Forster

Bungalow Bears
Manchester, United Kingdom


I am really pleased to have once again been successful in the URSA Awards Competition.

I would like to thank everyone who voted for my entery and for the other creations too.

Your support and interest is very much appreciated.

I will proudly display Mr Fluffs' award along with last years trophy and rosette.

I will look forward to next years competition and hope to be as successful with my future entries.

I wish to thank Bears&Buds for organizing the URSA Awards and the opportunity to compete against, and admired, artist's works from all over the world.

Thank you!

Mr Fluffs


Sandra Czaja

Notchlok Bears
Arizona, USA


Thank you Bears&Buds and URSA Awards Competition for the opportunity to submit my lion and to enter this wonderful competition.

I feel so proud to be included among so many talented artists!

Thank you to all who voted for “Leonidas” the lion.

You have encouraged me to work even harder to design new and exciting bears and critters for you to collect.

Thank you so much for voting which helped me win the 2015 URSA Awards Competition.

Hugs, Sandy




Silke Hirschfelder

The Mountaineers 




I am delighted that I could take part in the URSA Awards Competition for some years now.

It is always a great opportunity for me to present my work internationally.

The greater is the honor and the pleasure for me that one of my bears could win.

I am most grateful to all who voted for my little panda and Valerie and her team for the great organization.

Many thanks and bear hugs,




Silvia Maier

Offenhousen, Austria


I am very pleased to be winner of URSA Award Competition.

Thanks to everyone who voted for me and my teddy Gollie. It is still a dream for me, I have to digest it all. Winning really means very, very much to me.

Thanks also to Valerie and for the effort and work to enable URSA Award!

Sewing teddy bears has become something very special. Here I can achieve all my dreams and always process new ideas. Without teddy bears I could not imagine my world.
It's the most beautiful thing you can possibly imagine.

I congratulate all other winners. It was exciting to partake this journey with you.

Best wishes to you all and thank you again for your votes,




Svetlana Khabarova

The World of Our Bears
Moscow, Russia



I am very thankful to each of my dear friends, collectors and fans who voted for my Brumko and Zhen Zhen and they both were awarded.

I appreciate your support so much!

Of course, I want to say very special thanks for Valerie and Bears&Buds team. As always, the contest was very exciting and amazing. They really made great job!

Congratulations to all winners and thanks for everybody who took part in this wonderful competition!

I look forward to participating again next year!

Bear hugs,



Zhen Zhen



Stuffing Sticks

Glass Eyes

Honorable Mention Winners!

The Voting was close and
Bears&Buds honors the 4th Place winners with a Certificate!


1.03   Checkers
Rebecca Parker

Kichi Bears

2.01   Bess
Carolyn Robbins
Warm Heart Bears

3.01   Mr. Billie Goat
Art Rogers
Chatham Village Bears

3.10  Beirne
Wayne Lim
Wayneston Bears

Linda Chiasson
Bear in Mind Collectibles

Jill Johnson


Beth Hutchison


Celia Baham

Celia's Teddies

Princess of Siam
Heidi Schaefer


 Fairies of China
Gloria Chan

Gloria Handicraft Studio

Australia's Coat of Arms
Kay Cooper
Cooper Bears


Silke Hirschfelder
The Mountaineers

Michele S. Rees
Seraphim's World of Whimsy


Annalisa Taddei
 The Tuscany Bear Maker


Mr Fox - Just Fine & Dandy
Hayley Walker
Little Piggies Nursery


Sandra Marie Pape
Bear Hugs Originals

Shar-Pei Frederick Christopher
Alisa Shangina

Alisa's Wonderland


Erin Roy
Bears *n* Bling



Loudly applauds
all the contestants
and the Winners!







And the winner is . . .

Silke Hirschfelder

The Mountaineers


Voted the Best Overall winner!



Brendan will receive the cash equivalent


Our hat's
off to YOU!






URSA Major - Best Overall Runners Up


The voting was very close. Meet the 4 runner's up
for the URSA Major-Best Overall Award


Woodland and Moonbeam

Diana Watts




Dilys Pang

Dily's Bear & Craft Designs



Lynn Bowie

Madabout Bears



Marjolein Vos

Mick Bears


 Look for the URSA logo on the winner's web pages


Spot this lapel pin on the winner's jacket too!

Each winner will receive their awards by mail, 
including extra special surprises!

The gifts and gift cards are being presented to the top
winners who accumulated the highest vote count.

Gifts courtesy of Bears&Bud's Advertisers, Artists, Sponsors, Bright Star Promotions, Teddy Bear Collectors and Bears&Buds.


 See all the gifts


The URSA Ribbons come from a
small company in Ohio, USA.


See how the ribbons are made.

Behind the scenes
at the URSA Award Competition headquarters!


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