World Championship

Ward World Championship
Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
April 22, 23 & 24, 2022

Held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland

Thank you all for your support for our Virtually Modified 2021 Ward World Championship!

Virtual programming Archive

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.

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

Please note that with the modified and limited divisions/categories advancement of levels are negated for 2021.

Winners List

We would like to thank everyone who sent in a carving, no matter what your level experience of carving! This year was about the carving community, keeping the spirit alive, sharing knowledge, and encouraging one another creatively. Thank you again and here is to hopefully seeing everyone in Ocean City in 2022!

FULL WINNERS LIST (as of 5/19/21)

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.

2021 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 kaclattenburg@salisbury.edu. 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.

Thank you to our 2021 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