Fish Carving Judges

2017 World Fish Carving Championships Competition Judges

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.

There are three Best in World titles in the Open Level. They are awarded in these three divisions: Decorative Lifesize, Decorative Miniature, and Natural Finish. The fourth open level division (Freestyle) is considered a demonstration division at this time and not eligible for World Champion status.

Open Level Divisions are elite divisions for those carvers whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistry and technique. Judging standards are the most demanding with the very best carvings earning the title “Best In World.”

2017 Decorative Lifesize, Decorative Miniature, and Natural Finish Judges:




  Bob Berry, California Jeff Compton, Minnesota   

2015 Fish Carving Freestyle and Workbench Division Judges:




  Phil Brannan, Texas         Jim Bohnsack, Florida Ted Richmond, Kansas   

2015 Fish Carving Competition Coordinators:




  Ted Richmond, Kansas Don Frank, Missouri   

Fish carving judging begins at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 18. Fish carving critiques will be available to registered carving competitors from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday, May 19.