Ward World Championship 2019

Wildfowl Carving Magazine's editor Tom Huntington attended the 2019 Ward World Championship in Ocean City, Maryland. Check out some of the carvings and people who attended!

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Here’s a look at the advanced entries at the 2019 Ward World Championship. These are by amateur and professional carvers who have obtained top rankings in competitions.


The intermediate level is one step up from novice. These carvings are from the 2019 Ward World Championship.

Lem and Steve

Lem and Steve Ward were two brothers and bird carvers from Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Ward Foundation and the Ward Museum are named after them and so is the Lem & Steve Competition of the Ward World Championship. The competition includes five different divisions: contemporary antiques, contemporary decoys, gunning pair, shorebird decoy, and bench. These entries are from the 2019 show.


These novice entries from the 2019 Ward World Championship demonstrate that the carvers at this entry level already display some formidable talent.

Palm Fronds

The entries in the palm frond division must portray the “essence of the species” while also retaining as much of the character of the palm frond as possible. These carvings from the 2019 Ward World Championship do both.


The shorebird division of the Lem & Steven Competition at the 2019 Ward World Championship displayed great variety.

World Interpretive

Artists can let their imaginations run wild in the interpretive division at the Ward World Championship. These entries are from the 2019 show.

World Lifesize

You will find examples of the finest wildfowl carving in the world at the table for the world decorative life-size wildfowl entries at the Ward World Championship. These are some of the entries from the 2019 show.

World Pairs

The bird for the 2019 world pairs category at the Ward World Championship was the ruddy duck. The ruddy is a popular carving subject.

World Shootin Rig

At the 2019 Ward World Championship, the judging for the world shootin’ rig entries had to be delayed for a day because of the stormy conditions on Assawoman Bay. These are the entries.


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