World Championship

Virtually Modified Ward World Championship
Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
April 23, 24 & 25, 2021 Online

Online virtual programming schedule

Worlds is back for 2021 – and now virtually modified!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2021 Ward World Championship will be hybrid event with virtual demonstrations, talks, celebrations, and a week-long Benefit Auction – as well in-person judging of limited categories.  Entries into the judged portion of competition will only be accepted via mail and drop-off (during the Museum’s hours of operation), and must be received at the Ward Museum by April 19. Entries will NOT be accepted during Worlds weekend. If you are dropping off your carving(s) at the Museum, Treetops is not registering the carvings only accepting carvings in a box with the completed paperwork and payment inside.  Judging may be viewed live online on Facebook. See rules and registration for more competition detail.

2021 Virtual Ward Worlds Rules

Registration Form

Become a Mail-in Competitor

Benefit Auction

Virtual Programming

Please note that the Ward Museum does require COVID-19 screening (temperature check, questions about symptoms and exposure) prior to entering.  If traveling from out of state please check the State of Maryland’s Office of Tourism’s website for travel guidelines.

Good luck!

Questions? Contact us at 410-742-4988 ext. 106, or email Kristie Clattenburg, Event Director, Follow us @WardMuseum on social media, and check back here routinely for updates.

2021 Virtual Modified Worlds Divisions

These mail-in divisions/categories are the ONLY divisions/categories this year.  Please DO NOT mail in anything not on this list.  Tracking numbers are encouraged with whatever shipping method you choose.  Worlds and Masters level carvers may enter Advanced+ in Decorative Life-size Floating. If you have competed at Champion level in Champagne before that is the level you should enter again.  All other categories with the exceptions (Decorative Life-size Floating, Champion Champagne, and Youth) are open to ALL LEVELS OF CARVERS.

Virtual Worlds: Mail-in Edition

  • Champagne Fish (lure/decoy and non-floating)
  • Champagne Waterfowl and Champagne Waterfowl Champion
  • Champagne Wildfowl and Champagne Wildfowl Champion
  • Contemporary Antique: Songbirds (any species)
  • Decorative Life-size Floating
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced+
  • Feather
  • Miniature Carvings: Three Divisions
    • Interpretive Wildfowl
    • Animals (other than fish or wildfowl)
    • Caricatures
  • Single Gunner
  • Shorebird Decoy
  • Youth Silhouette:  Screech Owl

People’s Choice:

This year the Virtual Ward World Championship will include three People’s Choice competitions. One winner in each category (three total) will be selected by popular vote. Winners will receive the honor of “People’s Choice,” a ribbon, and of course bragging rights. Categories are as follows:

Original Wildfowl Art

Calling all carvers and artists! Submit a photo of your favorite piece that you ever entered at the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival. This can be from any year, and it does not have to have been awarded a ribbon. What is important is that you created it, and it is your favorite piece. Captions or descriptions up to 100 words are welcomed, but not required.

From Your Collection: Antique Decoys

Calling all decoy collectors! Submit a photo of your favorite piece from your collection of antique decoys (ca.1950 or earlier), from any region. Be sure to include who the maker is (if known), and any other necessary information for identifying the piece. Captions or descriptions up to 100 words are welcomed, but not required.

From Your Collection: Contemporary Wildfowl Art

Calling all wildfowl art collectors! Submit a photo of your favorite piece from your collection of wildfowl art from 1950 to the present. Be sure to include who the maker is, and any other necessary information for identifying the piece. Captions or descriptions up to 100 words are welcomed, but not required.

The public will be invited to vote on their favorite piece in each category, between April 22, 2021 and April 25, 2021 with voting closing at 2 p.m. Winners will be announced on April 25, 2021 at 4 p.m.

To submit a photo email Please include with your photos which People’s Choice category you are entering along with the information requested with each category.  Please make sure photos are under 250 MB.

2021 Virtual Ward Worlds Rules


Please fill out the registration form, if you are in the US the W-9, if you are outside the US the W-8BEN, and sign the loan agreement to complete your registration for the 2021 Virtually Modified Ward World Championship.  Please make sure you have a tracking number on your package and all the paperwork is printed out and in the box along with your return shipping and payment. All entries must be received by April 19, 2021. Detailed shipping instructions are in the 2021 Virtual Ward Worlds Rules.

  • Registration Form – Must be completely filled out. If sending a check please make checks payable to: The Ward Foundation
  • Loan Agreement & Loan Information – Everyone must sign the loan agreement in case of Best in Show win
  • W-9 or W-8BEN – If you are entering anything in Champagne Division you must fill out a W-9 if you live in the US or W-8BEN if you live outside of the US.  

Please note that with the modified and limited divisions/categories advancement of levels are negated.

The screech owl is the silhouette for the 2020 – 2021 competition.

2021 Ward World Championship to be Virtually Modified

The event will still take place the weekend of April 23-25

Thank you to our sponsors!

Maryland State Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts
Salisbury University
Worcester County Arts Council
Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council

Lew and Nancy Pearce
Champagne Waterfowl & Wildfowl Divisions in memory of Nancy’s father, Gordon Diefenbach

Gary and Pam Stenger
Registration fees for Youth Competition

Karl and Deb Yankey
General Support for the Ward World Competition

Become a Mail-in Competitor  Benefit Auction