The 2013 WFCC Competition Categories and Divisions

This is an IWCA (International Wildfowl Carving Association) sanctioned show. The IWCA has established rules and guidelines for fish carving competitions. The World Fish Carving Championships® has adopted these rules. IWCA rules for fish carving will be followed for any questions not answered here.

Levels Of Competition: Open, Intermediate, Novice, Youth
A carver can elect at anytime to move up in classification. Once a carver has voluntarily advanced to the Intermediate or Open level of competition, that carver cannot re-enter as a Novice or Intermediate carver. When a carver wins two Best of Show awards in the Novice or Intermediate levels, at any participating IWCA Show, he/she will be advanced, regardless of the time between the first and second Best of Show honors.


Open Level (World Title Level)
All carvers may enter and must include carvers who have won two Best of Show Awards from any participating IWCA Show or competition in the Intermediate level. In this level, all elements must be carved of wood, except for artificial eyes and metal for structural support (see Rules and Regulations 10 Criteria).

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/Interpretive Division Categories
      Interpretive Fish Carvings
      Realistic, Natural Finish
Fish Carvers Invitational Division
      Coldwater: Kokanee/Sockeye Salmon
      Warmwater: Bluegill
      Saltwater: Picasso Triggerfish


Intermediate Level
Open to carvers who have progressed beyond the Novice level. A carver cannot enter who has previously won two Best of Show Awards in the Intermediate level in any partici- pating IWCA show or competition. In this level, all elements should be carved of wood, except for artificial eyes and metal for structural support (see Rules and Regulations 10 Criteria).

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/Interpretive Division Categories
      Interpretive Fish Carvings
      Realistic, Natural Finish
Fish Carvers Invitational Division
      Coldwater: Kokanee/Sockeye Salmon
      Warmwater: Bluegill
      Saltwater: Picasso Triggerfish


Novice Level
Open toarvers who have not won two Best of Show Awards in the Novice level in any IWCA participating show or competition. In this level, real driftwood and cast or handmade rock are accepted. This Level is for the beginner with primary emphasis on learning.

Decorative Lifesize Division Categories
      Freshwater Fish
      Saltwater Fish
Decorative Lifesize Wall Mounts Division Categories
      Freshwater Fish
      Saltwater Fish
Decorative Miniature Division Categories
      Freshwater Fish
      Saltwater Fish
Fish Carvers Invitational Division
      Coldwater: Kokanee/Sockeye Salmon
      Warmwater: Bluegill
      Saltwater: Picasso Triggerfish


Youth Level
In this level, carvers under 18 years old compete against their age group with any fish or with a silhouette (smoothy) 9-inch rainbow trout. See rules and details.

All Fish
      12 and under years of age at the time of registration
      13 to 15 years of age at the time of registration
      16 to 18 years of age at the time of registration

Silhouette (Smoothy) 9 inch Rainbow Trout
      12 and under years of age at the time of registration
      13 to 15 years of age at the time of registration
      16 to 18 years of age at the time of registration


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