44th Annual Ward World Championship
Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
Roland E. Powell Convention Center
Ocean City, MD
April 25, 26 & 27, 2014
With nearly 600 competitors entering more than 1300 carvings, the 44th Annual Ward World Championship was by all accounts, a great success and continues to attract the top wildfowl carvers from around the globe. 2014 was the year of the returning champion, as five carvers regained their title as World Champion. Larry Barth won Decorative Life-size Wildfowl with his Carolina Wren; Jamie Welsh won Decorative Life-size Floating Pairs with his Pied Billed Grebes; Todd Wohlt won Decorative Miniature Wildfowl with his Malachite Sunbird; Jeff Krete won Interpretive with his piece Frigate Bird and Tom Christie won Shootin' Rig with his Common Eider pair and King Eider.
The Ward Museum was privileged to recognize Andrew "Tan" Brunet of Galiano, LA, JB Garton of Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada and Floyd Scholz of Hancock, VT with the 2014 Living Legends award. The award has been 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.
The international appeal of the World Championship remains strong as competitors from England to Taiwan and all points between 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 2014 Ward World Championship!
Please be sure to join us next year for the 45th Annual Ward World Championship, to be held April 24-26, 2015.