TRR’s Best of 2015 Award Winners

This is the complete list of Reader’s Choice AND Editor’s Choice Winners and, if applicable, their Honorable Mentions as well. Our community is full of worthy contenders and it is our great pleasure to recognize these particularly outstanding businesses and individuals to represent the best of 2015.

Check out this video highlighting The Reptile Report’s Best of 2015 Awards, including clips from current and past winners!

As always, our sincere thanks to RodentPro for their generous sponsorship of The Reptile Report’s Best of 2015 Awards!

Editor’s Choice Achievement of the Year
WINNER: Brian Barczyk

Brian is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Achievement of the Year cateogry for his years of tireless work using videos to educate the public on reptiles and other animals, including filming of Brian in the Wild in South Africa in 2015, which is now in its Post-Production phase. See the video! Congrats, Brian, and thank you for all your hard work and steadfast positive attitude in the face of irrational negativity.

Honorable Mention: Ryan McVeigh

Reader’s Choice Achievement of the Year
WINNER: Phil Goss

Phil Goss has won the READER’S CHOICE vote in our Achievement of the Year category for his unswerving dedication and hard work with USARK as they fight the constant fight to protect our rights to keep reptiles.

Honorable Mention: Baley Metclaf

Editor’s Choice Amphibian Personality of the Year
WINNER: Shawn Harrington

Shawn Harrington, aka The Frog Whisperer, is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Amphibian Personality of the Year category. Congratulations Shawn, and thank you for all you’ve done for the herping community in 2015!

Honorable Mention: Bob Mailloux

Reader’s Choice Amphibian Personality of the Year
WINNER: Jonothan Kolby

Jonathan Kolby, with Honduras Amphibian Rescue & Conservation Center (HARCC), has won our READER’S CHOICE vote in the Amphibian Personality of the Year catetory. Congratulations to Jonathan for having your hard work and dedication recognized!

Honorable Mention: Mike Matson
Honorable Mention: Mike Novy

Editor’s Choice Boa Personality of the Year
WINNER: Tom Burke

Tom Burke, of Burke Reptiles, is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Boa Personality of the Year category. Congratulations, Tom and thank you for your years of dedication and all you’ve done for the herping community in 2015!

Honorable Mention: Rich Del Bono

Reader’s Choice Boa Personality of the Year
WINNER: Meghan Kelley

Meghan Kelley of MegaConda won the READER’S CHOICE vote in our Boa Personality of the Year category. Congratulations to Meghan for having your hard work and dedication recognized!

Honorable Mention: Darryl Nagy

Editor’s Choice Business of the Year
WINNER: Zilla

Zilla is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Business of the Year category. Congratulations Ryan McVeigh and Zilla. Thank you for your tremendously generous donations to USARK and for all you’ve done for the herping community in 2015!

Honorable Mention: Ever Evolving Exotics
Honorable Mention: Josh’s Frogs

Reader’s Choice Business of the Year
WINNER: Gx3 Reptiles

Gx3 Reptiles has won the READER’S CHOICE vote in our Business of the Year category. Congratulations to Gx3 Reptiles for having your hard work and dedication recognized!

Honorable Mention: Cold Blooded Movements
Honorable Mention: Reptichip
Honorable Mention: Colorado Reptile Company

Editor’s Choice Business Person of the Year
WINNER: Matthew Parks

Matthew Parks of Pangea is our 2015 Business Person of the Year! What started out as breeding gerbils at home as a kid has turned into a successful, full-time business supplying beautiful animals, healthy foods, and useful products. The success of Matt’s business is built on rock-solid integrity and stellar customer service. Read more here!

Editor’s Choice Chelonia Personality of the Year
WINNER: Gerard Siatkowski

Gerard Siatkowski is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Chelonia Personality of the Year category. Congratulations Gerard, and thank you for all you’ve done for the herping community in 2015!

Honorable Mention: Kenan Harkin

Reader’s Choice Chelonia Personality of the Year
WINNER: Waffles S Tortoise

Waffles S Tortoise has won the READER’S CHOICE vote in our Chelonia Personality of the Year category. Congratulations to Waffles for having your hard work and dedication recognized!

Honorable Mention: Chris Leone

Editor’s Choice Colubrid Personality of the Year
WINNER: Don Soderberg

Don Soderberg of South Mountain Reptiles is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Colubrid Personality of the Year category for his premier corn snakes and impeccable lineage and record keeping. Congratulations Don, and thank you for all you’ve done for the herping community in 2015!

Honorable Mention: Mike Fedzen

Reader’s Choice Colubrid Personality of the Year
WINNER: Dan Krull

Dan Krull has won the READER’S CHOICE vote in our Colubrid Personality of the Year category. Congratulations to Dan for having your hard work and dedication recognized!

Honorable Mention: Pepe Cordero

Editor’s Choice Field Herper of the Year
WINNER: Scott Trageser

Scott Trageser is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Field Herper of the Year category. Congratulations Scott, and thank you for all you’ve done for the herping community in 2015!

Honorable Mention: Chris Grunwald

Reader’s Choice Field Herper of the Year
WINNER: Kevin McCurley

Kevin McCurley has won the READER’S CHOICE vote in our Field Herper of the Year category. Congratulations to Kevin for having your hard work and dedication recognized!

Honorable Mention: Sam Fellows

Editor’s Choice Forum of the Year
WINNER: Tortoise Forum

Tortoise Forum is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Forum of the Year category. Congratulations Tortoise Forum, and thank you for all you’ve done for the herping community in 2015!

Honorable Mention: Morelia Viridis Forum

Reader’s Choice Forum of the Year
WINNER: Bush League Breeders Club

Bush League Breeders Club has won the READER’S CHOICE vote in our Forum of the Year category. Congratulations to BLBC for having your hard work and dedication recognized!

Honorable Mention: Ball-Pythons.net

Editor’s Choice Gecko Personality of the Year
WINNER: Jay Sommers

Jay Sommers is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Gecko Personality of the Year category. Congratulations Jay, and thank you for all you’ve done for the herping community in 2015!

Honorable Mention: Joe Hupp
Honorable Mention: Steve Sykes

Reader’s Choice Gecko Personality of the Year
WINNER: Barb Gebert

Barb Gebert of Creepy Exotics has won the READER’S CHOICE vote in our Gecko Personality of the Year category. Congratulations to Barb for having your hard work and dedication recognized!

Honorable Mention: Sue Elson

Editor’s Choice Invertebrate Personality of the Year
WINNER: Joey Mugleston

Joey Mugleston is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Invertebrate Personality of the Year category. Congratulations Joey, and thank you for all you’ve done for the herping community in 2015!

Honorable Mention: Craig Marder

Reader’s Choice Invertebrate Personality of the Year
WINNER: Jason Miller

Jason Miller has won the READER’S CHOICE vote in our Invertebrate Personality of the Year category. Congratulations to Jason for having your hard work and dedication recognized!

Editor’s Choice Legend Award
WINNER: Dave and Tracy Barker

Dave and Tracy Barker are truly legends in the herping world. Through their numerous publications and shared personal experiences, they have probably taught the herping world more about pythons than anyone else. Congratulations, Dave and Tracy! You have our sincerest thanks and deepest respect for your hard work, dedication, knowledge and wisdom. Read more here.

Editor’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Award
WINNER: Philippe de Vosjoli

Our 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Philippe de Vosjoli, in recognition of the powerful impact he’s had on the herping community we know today. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Philippe is the “Father of Herpetoculture.” Please continue reading to get an insightful look at Philippe through the eyes of those that know and love him. Read more about Philippe here.

Editor’s Choice Lizard Personality of the Year
WINNER: Kevin McCurley

Kevin McCurley of NERD is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Lizard Personality of the Year category. Congratulations Kevin, and thank you for all you’ve done for the herping community in 2015!

Honorable Mention: Ron St Pierre
Honorable Mention: Jeff Lemm

Reader’s Choice Lizard Personality of the Year
WINNER: Ty Park

Ty Park of Ty’s Lizards has won the READER’S CHOICE vote in our Lizard Personality of the Year category. Congratulations to Ty for having your hard work and dedication recognized!

Editor’s Choice Python Personality of the Year
WINNER: Tim Bailey

Tim Bailey of Bailey & Bailey Reptiles is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Python Personality of the Year category. Congratulations Tim, and thank you for all you’ve done for the herping community in 2015!

Honorable Mention: Marc Bailey

Reader’s Choice Python Personality of the Year
WINNER: Justin Kobylka

Justin Kobylka of J. Kobylka Reptiles has won the READER’S CHOICE vote in our Python Personality of the Year category. Congratulations to Justin for having your hard work and dedication recognized!

Honorable Mention: Jay Brewer

Editor’s Choice Radio Show of the Year
WINNER: Herp Nation Radio

Herp Nation Radio is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Radio Show of the Year category, with a multitude of excellent programs such as The Nick Mutton Show, Royally Addicted, Cutting Edge Herp, and The Venom Interviews. Congratulations HNR, and thank you for all you’ve done for the herping community in 2015!

Honorable Mention: theTurtle Room Pondcast

Reader’s Choice Radio Show of the Year
WINNER: Morelia Python Radio

Morelia Python Radio has won the READER’S CHOICE vote in our Radio Show of the Year category. Congratulations for having your hard work and dedication recognized!

Editor’s Choice Special Recognition Award
WINNER: Myke Clarkson

New for 2015 is our Special Recognition Award, going to Myke Clarkson for his amazing and tireless work at RAACA (Reptile and Amphibian Charity Auctions). So far, RAACA has raised an astonishing $317,609, with $275,903 going directly to USARK. Congratulations, Myke, and thank you for your hard work, innovation, and dedication! Read more about Myke here.

WINNER: Jordan Russell

New for 2015 is our Special Recognition Award, going to Jordan Russell for his amazing and tireless work at RAACA (Reptile and Amphibian Charity Auctions). So far, RAACA has raised an astonishing $317,609, with $275,903 going directly to USARK. Congratulations, Jordan and thank you for your hard work, innovation, and dedication! Read more about Jordan here.

Editor’s Choice Vanguard Award
WINNER: Loren Leigh

Congratulations to Loren Leigh of LLLReptile, the recipient of this year’s Vanguard Award. From successful brick & mortar stores, to a huge online business; from dry goods to live breeding; from reptile shows around the country to community education and outreach, and so much more; Loren and LLLReptile are setting the example for successful business and community support. Read more here!

Editor’s Choice Venomous Personality of the Year
WINNER: Tim Cole

Tim Cole is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Venomous Personality of the Year category. Congratulations Tim, and thank you for all you’ve done for the herping community in 2015!

Honorable Mention: Tom Crutchfield

Reader’s Choice Venomous Personality of the Year
WINNER: Jared Zellars

Jared Zellars has won the READER’S CHOICE vote in our Venomous Personality of the Year category. Congratulations to Jared for having your hard work and dedication recognized!

Honorable Mention: Paul Miller
Honorable Mention: Al Coritz

Editor’s Choice Video Show of the Year
WINNER: Kamp Kenan

Kamp Kenan is the EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in our Video Show of the Year category. Congratulations Kenan, and thank you for all you’ve done for the herping community in 2015!

Honorable Mention: SnakeBytesTV

Reader’s Choice Video Show of the Year
WINNER: 5 Weird Animal Facts

5 Weird Animal Facts has won the READER’S CHOICE vote for our Video Show of the Year category. Congratulations for having your hard work and dedication recognized!

Honorable Mention: Herpers TV

Editor’s Choice Photos of the Year
WINNERS:

Shannon Benson

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Christopher Gillette

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Aaron Jones

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Matt Haynie

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Zac Herr

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Reader’s Choice Photos of the Year
WINNERS:

Brian DeMeester

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Angela Inez Jazek

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Daniel Ross Wakefield

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Angi Wallace

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Tyler Sladen

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If you made it all the way to the end…congrats to you! Thanks You to everyone who helped make this year’s Best of 2015 Awards a smashing success! And a HUGE CONGRATS to all our winners!!

Sincerely,
The Reptile Report Staff

SPECIAL THANKS:
We’d like to offer our sincerest thanks to the following:

RodentPro
Arizona Tortoise Compound
theTurtleRoom
Garden State Tortoise

And most importantly, Thank You to our faithful readers and all those that work so hard to keep our community strong and positive!

The Reptile Report’s BEST OF AWARD WINNERS by Year:

2015
2014
2014 Photos
2013
2012