AMENDED FEBRUARY 2017
The Carlo Caldesi Award ( CCA ) is an award instituted to honor the best big game trophy, in terms of difficulty of hunt, rarity and score, taken in one particular year by an active Member of Safari Club International ( S.C.I. ).The CCA is named after Dr Carlo Caldesi, the only Italian to have achieved so far the highest honors in international big game hunting: being the recipient in 1981 of the “Weatherby Hunting and Conservation Award”, in 1983 of the S.C.I. Hall of Fame Award and in 1987 of the S.C.I. International Hunting Award.The Award itself will be a silver and bronze sculpture created by artist Corrado Gambotti, now made by master Maurizio Fusari that every year will be offered and ultimately given to the winner by the Caldesi family.
The CCA will have a Committee.
This Committee will be formed by the following members:
- two (2) representatives of the Caldesi family
- the acting President of the S.C.I. Italian Chapter
- five (5) members appointed by the Caldesi family, who can be reappointed.
Duty of the Committee will be to choose the trophies to submit to the International Selection Board.
The Committee will designate a Secretary for the same.
The CCA will also have an International Selection Board:
This Board will consist of at least 7 (seven), but no more than 11 (eleven) members, all appointed by the Caldesi family in agree with the Committee. They will remain in office for three (3) years and can be reappointed.
The Members of the Board can take part in the Award but are requested to abstain themselves from voting for the Award of the year in which they participate.
They will also be requested not to inform the other Members of the Board of their participation.
Any judge of the International Selection Board who twice, also not on a row, during his term, does not submit a Ballot in the required time limit for submission or submits a Ballot that is not in conformance with the voting rules, shall be removed as a judge. The Secretary will inform the ISB and the Caldesi family.
A big game hunting trophy must meet the following criteria to qualify:
- The hunt must have been conducted under ethical and legally correct circumstances
- The trophy must be of an indigenous animal, unless differently decided by the Committee.
- The trophy must have been hunted in a free range environment
- The trophy may have been taken by any lawful method accepted by the SCI Record Book.
The International Selection Board will be informed on the method used.
- The trophy must have been hunted during the two (2) full years preceding January 31st of the year in which the award will be presented.
The same trophy can be entered only once.
Together with the application for the CCA the applicant has to accept and subscribe the attached agreement and send to the CCA Committee:
- a field photo
- an entry form as requested for the S.C.I. Record Book with species of animal, place and date taken.
- measurement of the trophy signed by a Master Measurer of S.C.I.
- measurement of antlered trophies must be signed by a committee of at least two measurers, one of whom must be a Master Measurer of S.C.I.
- a report of the hunt that includes methods of transportation, days hunted and any other pertinent information.
The application must be sent to:
The Carlo Caldesi Award Committee
Via Seminari 4 – 13900 Biella (BI) – Italy
Tel./Fax +39-015.351723 , +39-339.7412221
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are received ( through the year ) within JANUARY 31st of the year in which the Award will be given.
4.) Selection Process
The Committee of the CCA will receive all the entries and select not more than twenty (20) trophies entered.
All the selected will receive a certificate.
The list of the trophies together with all the above documentation will be sent to the Members of the International Board who will not have access to the name and nationality of the hunter.
Any controversy will be sorted out according to the SCI Record Book list.
This process will be accomplished by FEBRUARY 28th.The members of the International Selection Board will have to choose their favorite trophy filling up a designed form that will take into consideration three ( 3 ) categories ( desirability, difficulty and quality) giving a decreasing vote for each category without any ties.
The selection must be communicated, by mail, fax or e-mail, to the Secretary of the Committee by each individual Board Member no later than MARCH 31st.The Secretary of the Committee will make a listing enumerating the votes for the various entries. The trophy with the highest score will win the CCA of that particular year.
The following five (5) runners up will receive a lost wax casting bronze trophy. The CCA Secretary will inform, not later than April 15th the hunter that he is the winner of the CCA and ask him to participate at the annual Italian Chapter Convention in order to receive the CCA. During the Convention he will be guest of the Caldesi family.
The outfitters of the first six (6) trophies will receive a certificate.
5.) Award Ceremony
The winner of the CCA will be announced during the Opening Dinner at the SCI Italian Chapter Annual Convention. The award sculpture will be offered and handed by a member of the Caldesi family to the winner at the dinner mentioned above. In case the winner is not personally present to the Award Ceremony, he will not receive the Award, but his name and trophy taken will be anyhow inscribed on the sculpture.
To the five runners up and to the six outfitters, if not present, the trophies and the certificates will be sent.
No fees or other monetary contributions are necessary to apply for the CCA.
Should any judge of the International Selection Board or any member of the Committee of the Carlo Caldesi Award learn of unethical, illegal or questionable hunting activities or that the trophy itself has been altered is required to notify the Secretary of the Committee who will inform the rest of the judges or Committee members of such information.
Lodovico, Livia and Vincenzo Caldesi keep the right to establish new rules as well as any amendments to the bylaws and settle any disputes.