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The winners of the eleventh annual Ursa Major Awards (formally the Annual Anthropomorphic Literature & Arts Awards), for the Best in anthropomorphic/"funny animal" literature and art first published during the calendar year 2011, were announced at a presentation ceremony on Saturday, June 4 at Califur, held at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, California on June 3-4, 2012.

The Ursa Major Awards are Anthropomorphic (a.k.a. Furry) Fandom's equivalents of s-f fandom's Hugo Awards, mystery fandom's Anthony Awards, horror fandom's Bram Stoker Awards, and so forth.  The Ursa Majors are administered and presented by the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA), an organization dedicated to promoting anthropomorphic literature and arts both within and outside of the fandom.  Nominations and voting for the awards are open to the public.  The physical award consists of an illustrated trophy certificate or plaque, designed by the artist Heather Bruton.

Eligibility in ten categories is for works featuring intelligent &/or talking animals first published during the calendar year 2011.  This can include new compilations of older works, such as a new collection of previously-published separate works.  The winners are chosen by popular vote among those participating in Anthropomorphic Fandom who, first, submitted their nominations for the winners, and then voted upon a final ballot consisting of the five finalists (those receiving the most nominations) in each category (here for voting statistics). The voting for the awards was open to all furry fandom via the Internet; and took place between March 15 and May 4; and received votes from countries as diverse as Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the USA.

The envelope, please...

Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture

Kung Fu Panda 2

(Directed by Jennifer Yuh, May 26)


Also nominated were:
Puss in Boots (Director: Chris Miller. October 28th)
Rango (Directed by Gore Verbinski, March 4)
Rio (Directed by Carlos Saldanha, April 15)
Bitter Lake (Directed by Shay, August 19)

Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short Work or Series

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

(Hasbro Studios for The Hub, Season One: episode12 to Season Two: episode 11)


Also nominated were:
Thundercats (Studio 4° C and Warner Brothers Animation for Cartoon Network, season 2.1, July 29 to November 25)
Regular Show (Cartoon Network Studios for Cartoon Network, Season Two: episode 14 to Season 3: episode 51)
Simon's Cat (Simon Tofield, February 27 - October 11)
Mongrels (Adam Millar, Jon Brown, Daniel Peak; BBC Three, Series 2, Episodes 1-8, 7th November - 26th December) Mature Audiences.

Best Anthropomorphic Novel

Isolation Play

by Kyell Gold. (Sofawolf Press, January)


Also nominated were:
Red Sails in the Fallout, by Paul Kidd (Wizards of the Coast, July)
Death Drop by Sean Allen. (Vintage Six Media, October 1) Mature Audiences.
Smiley and the Hero by Ryan Campbell (FurPlanet Productions, January)
Black dogs, Part 2: The Mountain of Iron by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press, January)

Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction

How to Get Through the Day

by Kyell Gold (in FurAffinity, February 3)


Also nominated were:
Argo, by Rick Griffin. (Smashwords, June 29)
Let's Play Musical Chairs, by K.M. Hirosaki. (Furaffinity.net, July 12) Mature Audiences.
Where the Heart Is, by Mary E. Lowd. (in Stories of Camp Rainfurrest, September)
A Safety Weasel Christmas, by Gene Breshears. (in Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe #49, December)
Shreddy and the Zomb-Dogs, by Mary E. Lowd. (Anthropomorphic Dreams #35, November 4)
Fetching Asteroids, by Mary E. Lowd. (Alasso, Volume 1)

Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work

Nordguard, Book One: Across Thin Ice

by Tess Garman & Teagan Gavet (Sofawolf Press, Graphic Novel, June)


Also nominated were:
FurPiled #5, by Leo Magna. (Sofawolf Press, comic collection with some new material, April)
In the Doghouse of Justice, by Kyell Gold (Sofawolf Press, short story collection, August) Mature Audiences.
Dragon's Hoard #1, by various. (Rabbit Valley, anthology, May)
Tai Pan Omnibus #1 (Tai Pan, collection of first two issues with added content, September)

Best Anthropomorphic Graphic Story

Furthia High

by QuetzaDrake (Internet, January 1 to December 26)


Also nominated were:
Red Lantern by Rukis and AlectorFencer. (Internet, page 13 to 65)
Lackadaisy by Tracy J. Butler. (Internet, Lackadaisy Vestige to Lackadaisy Haymaker )
Fur-Piled by Leo Magna. (Internet, 424 to 427)
Endtown, by Aaron Neathery  (Internet, January 3 to December 30)

Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip

Housepets!

by Rick Griffin. (Internet strips from January 7 to December 30)


Also nominated were:
Ballerina Mafia, by Immelmann (Internet strips from January 31 to December 23)
Faux Pas by Robert and Margaret Carspecken. (Internet strips from #1264 to #1386)
Doc Rat by Jenner. (Internet strips from January 3 to December 30)
Sandra and Woo, by Powree and Oliver Knörzer. (Internet, January 3 to December 29)

Best Anthropomorphic Magazine

Flayrah

(Internet, January 3 to December 31)


Also nominated were:
Anthro (Internet, from #31, September-October to #32, November-December)
South Fur Lands (#57, December)
Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe (#48, August to #49, December)
Allasso (#1, November 2011)

Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration

Blotch, cover

Nordguard, Book One: Across Thin Ice, by Tess Garman & Teagan Gavet, June.


Also nominated were:
Blotch, cover of Isolation Play by Kyell Gold, January.
Jason Chan, cover for Red Sails in the Fallout, by Paul Kidd, July.
Sara Palmer, cover for Weasel Presents, by Kyell Gold, June.
Rosenthal, FBA 2012 Season Opener for Furry Basketball Association, October 30)
C. D. Woodbury, cover for Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe #48, August.

Best Anthropomorphic Game

Pokemon Black and White

(Developer: Game Freak, Publisher: Nintendo DS, March 6)


Also nominated were:
Star Fox 64 3D (Developers: Nintendo EAD and Q-Games. Publisher: Nintendo. September 9th)
Okamiden (Developer: Mobile & Game Studio, Inc. Publisher: Capcom. March 15
Sonic Generations (Developers: Dimps and Sonic Team. Publisher: Sega. November 1st)
Solatorobo - Red the Hunter (Developer: CyberConnect2; Publisher: Xseed Games, July 1 UK)

Best Anthropomorphic Website

Equestria Daily

My Little Pony fandom art and fanfic community site. FAQ.


Also nominated were:
WikiFur. Furry encyclopedia.
Fur Affinity, art website.
Inkbunny, furry art and story community.
Furry Writers' Guild, writers' association and information.