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909 South Schumaker Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804

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Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

World Championships

46th Annual Ward World Championship
Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival

Roland E. Powell Convention Center
Ocean City, MD

April 22, 23 & 24, 2016

With more than 750 competitors entering more than 1300 carvings, the 46th Annual Ward World Championship was by all accounts, a great success. The Ward Foundation partnered with Breakthrough Magazine this year and hosted Fish Carving. With more than 60 fish Carving's entered, it was a hit! The competition continues to attract the top wildfowl carvers from around the globe. 

World Champions include Decorative Life-size Wildfowl winner Thomas Horn of Emmaus, PA for his Livingstone's Turaco,  Shootin' Rig winner Thomas Flemming of Minnetrista, MN with Redheads, Decorative Lifesize Waterfowl Pair winner Pat Godin of Paris, ON, CA with a Goldeneye Pair,Decorative Miniature Wildfowl winner Jeff Krete of Cambridge, ON,CA with Longtails with a King Eider, and World Interpretive Wood Sculpture winner Daniel Montano of Spring Valley, CA with a Ruddy Duck.

 The Living Legends award was created to honor those who have been long time advocates for wildfowl art and the Ward Museum, generous in spirit and commitment to teaching others and passing on their knowledge, skills and individual talents and have created an impact on the field of wildfowl art and/or the Ward World Championship.  Inaugural recipients of the Living Legends award included Rich Smoker from Marion Station, MD , Del Herbert from Chula Vista, CA, and Todd Wohlt from Appleton, WI.

The international appeal of the World Championship remains strong as competitors from across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Argentina continue to flock to Ocean City to attend classes taught by the world’s best wildfowl carvers and compete for top honors.

The Ward World Championship stands as a testament to the hard work and commitment of the volunteers and carvers who return each year with the intent of continuing the traditions of wildfowl carving.

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2016 Ward World Championship!

Click here for the Complete Winners List

Please be sure to join us next year for the 47th Annual Ward World Championship, to be held April 28-30, 2017