43rd Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition | Cobourg Photographer | Dave Powers

This past week I attended the 43rd Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition in Ocean City, Maryland. A friend of mine has been a wood carver for years and attended to enter his diving duck carving.

This international event had carvers, collectors, and visitors from all over the world. The competition ranges from highly decorative works of art to functional hunting decoys, with more than 1200 different wildfowl carvings representing more than 150 species from around the world.    Competitors of all levels–from youth to world champions–compete against their peers for the chance to win a portion of nearly $70,000 in prize money.  There were 39 different competitive divisions in which artists could compete–decorative life-size and miniature wildfowl, floating waterfowl, interpretive, gunning decoys and contemporary antiques to name a few. It was hard to believe that  each and every carving was made just from wood.

The two carvers I was with, both from Northumberland County, placed 1st in their divisions.

A few images I captured. Keep in mind these are made of only wood, those are not tree branches nor leaves.







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