2021 Call for Entries — Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s Online Competition

Wildfowl Carving Competition

Welcome to our fourth annual online carving competition! In this age of covid, many of our favorite carving competitions have been cancelled or postponed. We are glad to offer you the opportunity to enter your carvings in our contest from the comfort and safety of your own home. We look forward to seeing your work!



Tom Huntington
Editor, Wildfowl Carving Magazine

Contest Details

Calling all wildfowl carvers! We invite you to enter your best carving completed in 2019 through 20201 in Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s annual online competition. You can enter in two categories (landbirds and waterbirds) and at three levels (beginner, advanced, and expert). Contest is open from May 1 - June 15, 2021. Winners will be announced in June. Entries are impartially and anonymously evaluated by a panel of four qualified judges from wildfowl carving community. Carvings will be judged on carving, painting, and composition. Each carving will be judged on a numerical scale on its own merit, independent of all other entries. Winners will win cash prizes and be featured in Competition 2021, published in January 2022. 


Competition is our annual showcase of the best carvings from judged competitions in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. It highlights the artistry, fine craftsmanship, and astonishing diversity of wildfowl carvings produced in the past year.



Expert level
1st place - $200
2nd place - $150
3rd place - $100


Advanced level
1st place - $150
2nd place - $100
3rd place - $75


Beginner level
1st place - $100
2nd place - $75
3rd place - $50


Beginner carvers are those who have never entered or won a wildfowl carving competition, or have competed only at a novice or beginner level.


Advanced carvers are those who have ever won a ribbon (first, second third, or honorable mention) or competed in a wildfowl carving competition up to the intermediate level.


Expert carvers are those who have ever won a ribbon (first, second, third, or honorable mention) at a level above intermediate (advanced, masters, world, etc.).


Questions? Contact us at competition@wildfowl-carving.com.



Remember, the quality of your carving can be seen by the judges—and reproduced accurately in Competition—only if you provide high-quality images of your work. Once your carving is completed, it deserves to be presented as well as possible. Please follow these guidelines carefully.

1. Try to get each image to be at least 2400 x 3000 pixels in dimension. The bigger the file the better. At least  4 MBs (megabytes) iis preferable.

2. Two images must be the profile views of the carving or decorative sculpture.

3. One view must be the front of the carving or sculpture. (The carver can determine what constitutes the “front” of his or her decorative sculpture.)

4. One image must be the top of the carving (for decoys), and the carver’s choice for decorative sculptures.

5. Two images must be close-ups of two different details. (No names or initials should be visible in the close-up shots.)


To enter your carving, follow these simple rules:

  • Limit of one (1) entry per person. You must create a Wildfowl Carving Magazine account in order to submit your entry. Please note: If you are submitting a carving on someone else's behalf, you'll need to create a separate account at www.wildfowl-carving.com.
  • Enter by clicking the "Click to Submit Your Carving" button below.
  • The carving must have been completed in 2018, 2019, or 2020, regardless of when you started it. You may enter a carving that has been entered in other competitions.
  • Each carver will be asked to pay a $10 entry fee. 
  • Submission of an entry serves as a release that Wildfowl Carving Magazine and its publisher may publish photographs of the carving in the future, with proper credit given to the artist. This may include promotional materials, online or in print, including the Competition book, in WCM, on WCM products and WCM social media and eNewsletters.
  • You will receive an email from competition@wildfowl-carving.com when your entry has been received and reviewed where you will be provided access to our complimentary eBook, containing last year's entries.


Note: Some carvings may not fall neatly into one category. Use your judgement to select the category that best represents your work. Judges will be permitted to reassign carvings to the correct category where appropriate.

Landbirds include raptors, owls, songbirds, and gamebirds.

Waterbirds include ducks and geese (decoys and decoratives), shorebirds, and waders.


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