1,782 ballots were cast in this year's voting, an increase of almost 30% on last year.
Only the winners were announced at the ceremony. However, due to a policy change voted upon by the ALAA Committee, the vote order of all nominees is available on the UMA website.
Read on for results. The story includes contributions from Fred Patten.
This interview has been transcribed from it's original A/V format. As such, the structure of the interview may be confusing. Keep in mind that this is meant to re-create the conversation-like interview. Thank you.
Me: Good evening, Quetza, thank you so much for joining me tonight!
Quetza: Pleasure to be here.
Me: So, there has been so much to your life, it’s astounding to even imagine it! First off, how long have you been a furry?
Quetza: I first got into the fandom in, I believe, 2004. So that’s... eight years, I believe now?
Me: Were you one of those furries that always felt all their life that there was something weird about them? How they had an interest in furries. Or did you just find them and they caught your interest?
Quetza: Well I will say that I had certain interests as a kid. Not in furries. I mean, I didn’t know what a furry was. I didn’t know the concept of furry existed, until 2004. But I did have certain interests, certain things I liked as a kid a lot, and I couldn’t really explain it. Dragons, for instance, I really got into them as a pre-teen, like 11, 12. I couldn’t explain it, and eventually, I found the furry fandom and it just sort of went from there. So it isn’t really a thing you always know about, but you can have certain interests that tie in to it that can come in later, I think.