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World Fish Carving Championships Divisions & Categories

Levels Of Competition: Open, Intermediate, Novice, Youth
The competition is open to wood sculptors of any level of artistic skill. There are four levels of competition: Open, Intermediate, Novice, and Youth. The wood sculpture must be of a fish or fishes, though it may contain other animals or marine life as habitat.

Open Level (World Title Level)

OPEN LEVEL
(World Title Level)

This level represents advanced amateur and professional carvers, including those who have obtained top rankings in competitions. Entrants compete for cash awards, ribbons, and World Champion Titles. Note: The new Demonstration Division of Freestyle is not eligible at this time for a World Champion Title.

DECORATIVE LIFESIZE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
      Trout, Salmon, and Char
      Other Freshwater Gamefish
      Miscellaneous Freshwater Fish
      Saltwater Fish
      Wall Mount Carvings

DECORATIVE MINIATURE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
      Freshwater Fish
      Saltwater Fish

NATURAL FINISH WOOD SCULPTURE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
      Interpretive Fish Carvings
      Realistic, Natural Finish

FREESTYLE DIVISION (NOT ELIGIBLE FOR BEST IN WORLD)
CATEGORIES
      Smoothie
      Transitional Sculpture
      Wall Mount

Intermediate Level

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
Intermediate: This level includes carvers who have refined their sculpting and painting skills beyond the Novice Level. Intermediate carvers compete for ribbons and Best of Show-Intermediate awards and cash if sponsors come forward. Carvers who have won one Best of Show or two Best of Division awards at this level in the World Competition must move to the Open Level. Carvers who have been consistent blue-ribbon winners at this level are encouraged to move up to the Open Level.

DECORATIVE LIFESIZE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
      Trout, Salmon, and Char
      Other Freshwater Gamefish
      Miscellaneous Freshwater Fish
      Saltwater Fish
      Wall Mount Carvings

DECORATIVE MINIATURE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
      Freshwater Fish
      Saltwater Fish

NATURAL FINISH WOOD SCULPTURE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
      Interpretive Fish Carvings
      Realistic, Natural Finish

FREESTYLE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
      Smoothie
      Transitional Sculpture
      Wall Mount

Novice Level

NOVICE LEVEL
Novice: This level is reserved for entry-level carvers. Novice carvers compete for ribbons and Best of Show Novice awards and cash if sponsors come forward. Carvers who have won one Best of Show or two Best of Division awards at this level in the World Competition must move to the Intermediate Level. Carvers who have been consistent blue-ribbon winners at this level are encouraged to move up to Intermediate. Unique to this level is a competition known as “Work-Bench,” a new division in the Novice Level, that may include mentor/teacher-instructed entries and entries made from purchased patterns available commercially.

DECORATIVE LIFESIZE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
      Trout, Salmon, and Char
      Other Freshwater Gamefish
      Miscellaneous Freshwater Fish
      Saltwater Fish
      Wall Mount Carvings

DECORATIVE MINIATURE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
      Freshwater Fish
      Saltwater Fish

NATURAL FINISH WOOD SCULPTURE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
      Interpretive Fish Carvings
      Realistic, Natural Finish

WORK BENCH DIVISION
CATEGORIES
      Smoothie
      Transitional Sculpture
      Wall Mount

Youth Level

YOUTH LEVEL
Youth: This level is reserved for entry-level carvers who are age 17 or under on the opening date of registration for the competition. Youth carvers compete for ribbons and cash if sponsors come forward. Entry fees are reduced for Youth entries. Youth eligible carvers may compete in Novice, Intermediate, or Open Levels instead of Youth if they choose.

YOUTH LEVEL (AGES 17 OR UNDER)
Separate Youth Level divisions will be established if there are enough entries to fill one or more of the categories with 3 or more entries, otherwise there will only be one division.

YDC 1 DIVISION (15 to 17)
CATEGORIES
      All Decorative Fish
      Silhouette (smoothie)

YDC 2 DIVISION (14 and under)
CATEGORIES
      All Decorative Fish
      Silhouette (smoothie)