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By: Tom Huntington

February 1, 2020

NEW CUMBERLAND, PA—Every year, bird carvers around the world eagerly await the latest edition of Competition. Published annually by Wildfowl Carving Magazine, this showcase of the best work from the previous year’s wildfowl carving contests displays the incredible work people do with this unique artform.

Wildfowl Carving Magazine began publishing this “yearbook” of the carving world with Competition ’88. The latest edition, Competition 2019, includes beautiful photographs of winners from 12 shows across the United State, Canada, and even Great Britain, as well as the winners of Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s online competition and the International Wildfowl Carvers Association’s championships. It includes the work of more than 160 carvers. The bird carvings range from the incredibly detailed phoebe that won Larry Barth Best in World at the Ward World Championship in Ocean City, Maryland, to the apparently weathered pintail drake that Tom Jones carved to win best antique-style duck at the Pacific Brant Carving Show in Parksville, British Columbia.

In between are more than 200 carvings of everything from ducks to owls, eagles to songbirds. Some are so realistic you might mistake them for real birds. Others use avian life as a springboard for interpretive art. All are incredible.
“Every year I think that nothing can top the previous year’s winners,” said the publication’s editor, Tom Huntington. “And then I start looking at the photographs from the latest shows, and I am blown away all over again. This work is amazing.”

In addition, Competition 2019 includes carver profiles and show results.

In the more than three decades since its first issue, Wildfowl Carving Magazine has become the only magazine for bird carving and has published a wealth of informative articles about all aspects of the artform. The magazine and Competition are published quarterly by Ampry Publishing, LLC, of Northbrook, Illinois, with editorial offices in central Pennsylvania. Its website is www.wildfowl-carving.com.

Competition 2019 is available from the magazine’s website and also from Amazon.com.

For more information, contact magazine editor Tom Huntington at (847) 513-6057 or thuntington (at) amprycp.com.

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