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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.

New Three and Three Rule

HOW CATEGORIES ARE DEVELOPED

As carvings are entered into the show, they are placed at the levels (Open, Intermediate, Novice, Youth) that are chosen by the competitors. When all entries have been received, they are then assessed and separated into divisions and categories using the Three and Three Rule. For this to happen, there needs to be three carvings that fit a division with at least three carvings remaining. After divisions are established, they can be divided further into categories provided they meet the Three and Three Rule.

Available Levels, Divisions and Categories
As long as they meet the new Three and Three Rule

Open Level (World Title Level)

OPEN LEVEL
(World Title Level)  This level represents professional carvers, including those carvers whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistry and technique. Best in World Titles can only be earned in the Open Level.

DECORATIVE LIFESIZE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
Cold Water Fish
Warm Water Fish
Saltwater Fish

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
No Categories (All entries will compete against each other.)

Intermediate Level

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
Intermediate: This level includes carvers who have defined their sculpting and painting skills beyond the Novice Level. Carvers who have won a Best of Show or two Best of Division Awards at this level in the World Competition must move up to the Open Level.

DECORATIVE LIFESIZE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
Cold Water Fish
Warm Water Fish
Saltwater Fish

DECORATIVE MINIATURE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
Freshwater Fish
Saltwater Fish

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

FREESTYLE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
No Categories (All entries will compete against each other.)

Novice Level

NOVICE LEVEL
Novice: This level is reserved for entry-level carvers. Carvers who have won a Best of Show or two Best of Division Awards at this level in the World Competition must move up to the Intermediate Level. Unique to this level is a new division known as Work Bench that may include mentor/teacher-instructed entries and entries made from purchased patterns available commercially.

DECORATIVE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
Freshwater Fish
Decorative Miniatures

NATURAL FINISH WOOD SCULPTURE DIVISION
CATEGORIES
No Categories (All entries will compete against each other.)

WORK BENCH DIVISION
CATEGORIES
No Categories (All entries will compete against each other.)

Youth Level

YOUTH LEVEL
Youth: The Youth Level is reserved for carvers who are age 17 or under on opening day of registration for the competition, however, these carvers may compete at higher levels if they desire.

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. YDC1 Age 15-17 and/or YDC2 ages 14 and under.

YDC 1 DIVISION (15 to 17)
CATEGORIES
All Decorative Fish and Silhouette (smoothies)
NO CATEGORIES All entries will compete against each other.

YDC 2 DIVISION (14 and under)
CATEGORIES
All Decorative Fish and Silhouette (smoothies)
NO CATEGORIES All entries will compete against each other.