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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 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.

2021 Virtual Ward Worlds Rules

2021 MAIL-IN REGISTRATION & PAPERWORK

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.

  • Registration Form – Must be completely filled out
  • 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.


General Rules

For 2022…

$50,000 of Prize Money and 1,250 Ribbons to be Awarded!

With 39 divisions there is something for just about everyone from youth to world champions. The Silhouette Division in Youth Competition is a great group or individual project for beginners.

2020 Competition Guide  in case you need rule guides until the 2022 guide is ready please refer to the 2020 Guide! Please note there will be changes coming.

World Championship

  • Decorative Life-size Wildfowl
  • Decorative Floating Pairs
  • Decorative Miniature Wildfowl
  • Interpretive Wood Sculpture
  • Shootin’ Rig

Master, Advanced, Intermediate, Novice

  • Decorative Life-size Wildfowl
  • Decorative Floating Waterfowl
  • Decorative Miniature Wildfowl
  • Interpretive Wood Sculpture
  • Bench (Novice and Intermediate)

A. Danner Frazer Youth Competition

  • Decorative Wildfowl I – Ages 16-17
  • Decorative Wildfowl II – Ages 12-15
  • Decorative Wildfowl III – Ages 11 and under
  • Gunning Decoy I – Ages 15-17
  • Gunning Decoy II – Ages 14 and under
  • Silhouette – Ages 16-17
  • Silhouette – Ages 12-15
  • Silhouette – Ages 11 and under

Lem & Steve Ward Competition

Hunting Decoys

  • Gunning Pairs – Open and Champion
  • Contemporary Decoys – Open and Champion
  • Contemporary Antiques
  • Shorebird Decoys
  • Bench

Decorative Smoothie

  • Smoothie Waterfowl – Open and Champion
  • Smoothie Shorebirds and Wading Birds
  • Champagne Waterfowl – Open and Champion

Sculpture Other Than Wood, Palm Fronds, Feathers, Fish, Open Category, and Antique “Old Bird” 

Registration is the week of the show on Thursday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday from 7 – 9 a.m. Mail-ins are accepted in the Lem and Steve Divisions and Youth Divisions and must be received at the Ward Museum the Saturday prior to the show. Instructions for mailing entries will be in the Competition guide.

Sample registration forms for the World Championship are available in PDF format below.

Novice
Youth
Lem & Steve (an updated for with Single Gunner is coming soon!)
Sculpture

Palm Fronds
Feathers

More forms coming soon!