Scientific Categories

1. Masters/Bosch: entrants in this category can compete for no other award except the People’s Choice.

2. North Carolina Collection: all specimens must be self-collected from North Carolina; includes salt, fresh water, land and/or fossil mollusks.

3. Regional Self-Collected:100% Self-collected

4. Regional Collection Any Source


5. World-wide Self-collected:100% self-collected


6. World-wide Any Source


7. Fresh Water Collection: self-collected or any source


8. Land Snails: self-collected or any source


9. Fossil Mollusks: self-collected or any source


10. Specialized Collection: freaks, albinos, growth series,variations, color forms, etc.


11. Single Shell Self-collected: the shell must be collected by the entrant. Note: If a shell has won this cate-gory in the past at a North Carolina Shell Show, it is not eligible to win again.


12. Single Shell Any Source: purchased, traded, inherited, as a gift, etc. Note: If a shell has won this cate-gory in the past at a North Carolina Shell Show, it is not eligible to win again.


13. Family or Genus Collection: Super Family, Family or Genus. Representing as complete a family or genus as possible.


14. Miniature Collection: species that at maturity measure 20 millimeters in length or less.


15. Educational Collection: though the majority of scientific exhibits cannot help but be educational the pri-mary emphasis in this category is to effectively teach about mollusks.


16. Mollusk Natural History: the objective of the exhibit is to provide information covering one or combi-nation of subjects concerning mollusk environment, conservation, biology, natural history, etc.





17. “One Case Wonder” : The subject can be any concerning mollusks. The entry is limited to one case of multiple specimens. The entire entry including backboards and case may not exceed 3 feet in length.


18. Beach Collected Shells: all shells must be dead collected on beaches or other shorelines; exhibits in this category cannot include shells from scallop dumps or similar sources.


19. Marine Life Exhibit: includes specimens related to the sea such as coral and crabs. Also includes nonmollusk fossils such as shark teeth.


20. Junior Collection: Entrant must be 18 years age or below. Note: If the entrant is within the age requirement he/she is not required to enter this category but is free to compete in any of the scientific categories.


21. Scientific Shell Photography: Photographs, slides, etc. taken exclusively by the entrant.


22. Other: subject that does not fit any of the categories listed; Note: the entry may be subject to review by the Shell Show Committee before judging to verify placement in this category.


Artistic Categories

23. Artistic Shell Photography: Photographs, slides, etc. taken exclusively by the entrant.


24. Art and Craft Using Actual Shells: floral arrangements, mirrors, lamps, jewelry, pictures, etc. using actual shells. Note: Sailor’s Valentines must be entered in Categories


25. Art and Craft Depicting Shells: paintings, sculptures, fabric art, etc. not containing actual shells.


26. Traditional Sailor’s Valentine: all content of the valentine must be natural colors no dyed or manmade material is allowed in the content excepting the presentation box.


27. Modern Sailor’s Valentine: natural shells and other sea life content is encouraged, dyed and or other man made features are welcomed in Valentines entered in this category.


28. Art and Craft not created by the Exhibitor: any craft or art work not created by the exhibitor


29. Other: an entry that does not fit into any other art category. Note: The entry may be subject to review by the Show Committee before judging to verify this category. The entry may be moved to a different art category.


Please read the prospectus for the show, found under the Application Tab for complete descriptions of awards each category is eligible to win.