2007 WFCC Competition Rules and Regulations

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.


Levels of Competition

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 Shows, in the Novice or Intermediate levels, at any participating IWCA Show they will be advanced, regardless of the time between the first and second Best of Show honors.

Open: 
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.

Intermediate: 
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 participating IWCA show or competition.

Novice: 
Carvers who have not won two Best of Show Awards in the Novice level in any IWCA participating show or competition.


Divisions

Decorative Lifesize Fish. These entries will be judged using the live fish as a model.

Decorative Miniature Fish. These entries must be one-half lifesize or less, with a maximum subject length of eight (8) inches. Entries must be full-bodied carvings. The live fish will be used as a model for judging. Unlimited painting and texturing will be allowed.

Natural Finish Fish Carvings. Only transparent stains and clear finishes may be used. No opaque paints will be allowed. The woodgrain must be visible through the finish. Carved eyes are preferred, however, glass eyes will be allowed. Natural finish fish carvings are to be composed as to enhance the natural beauty of the wood being used. The carver will be allowed to decide which category best suits the piece:

1) The category of Interpretive Fish Carvings is for carvers' concepts of movement, design and composition. Ideally, each entry will be carved out of one piece of wood. An entry can be a carver's own idea of what represents a fish, regardless of how realistic or imaginative it is. As long as at least one fish is used in the entry, other animals may also be incorporated.

2) The Realistic, Natural Finish category is for natural finish carvings that closely resemble recognizable fish and contain more details. The entries can be single or multiple carvings, and composed in an artistic setting. The carver may use separate pieces of wood, for fins, grass, etc., but all finishes must be natural. Again, the natural grain of the wood is the main criteria, not exact details.

Fish Carvers Invitational. This new division will be called the Fish Carvers Invitational Division, and will be added to the Open, Intermediate, and Novice levels of competition. The three categories selected by the Yahoo Fish Carving 2 Group (YFC2G) for each division will be: 1) raccoon butterflyfish; 2) brown trout; 3. yellow perch. Entries in this division can be a single fish or a group as long as the carving is comprised of the category species only.

Fish carvings that receive ribbons in the three categories of the Open Level in this new division will compete with entries in the Decorative Lifesize Division of the Open Level for Best in World Decorative Lifesize. For that reason, entries in the Fish Carvers Invitational Division must be carved as decorative lifesizes and must follow the criteria and rules for that division. For a carver to enter this division, he or she must have been a member of the YFC2G on or before December 31, 2006. Membership is free and can be applied for by contacting Donna McCullogh at donnaalto@austin.rr.com. Mailed-in entries will be allowed and will be handled at the World Show by a crew from the YFC2G.


Judging

The four criteria below are all important. They all overlap and build on each other. In order for a piece to reach its fullest potential, it must succeed in all four areas simultaneously.

Craftsmanship. This refers to the technical skills involved in fish carving: sculpting, painting and finishing techniques. It covers the fish, and any habitat or accessories that may be involved in the base itself, if there is one. Good craftsmanship should be consistent throughout the entire piece.

Accuracy. This involves the correctness of a piece from a scientific perspective. Size, shape, color, pattern, location, are the concepts important here. Anything accompanying the fish must be given the same scrutiny. Accuracy involves the natural history of the whole piece, all of its components, and the appropriateness of those components together.

Essence of the Species. This involves capturing the gestalt of the species. It involves a thorough knowledge of the subject and the ability to capture an attitude in wood. Capturing the essence of the subject and giving it the spark that brings it alive is very important.

Artistry. This refers to its design and composition. This is where presentation, innovation and creativity all come into play. There should be beauty in the concept apart from the beauty of the fish itself. Line, form, content, color, mass, and movement should all be working together to create an intricate whole.


How "Best in World" Fish Carving Titles are Determined

There are three Best in World titles in the Open Level. They are awarded in each of the three divisions: Decorative Lifesize, Decorative Miniature, and Natural Finish.

Only Decorative Lifesize will have Second in World and Third in World titles. In this division, the following criteria is used: Best in World Decorative Lifesize is selected from the Best of Category winners in the Decorative Lifesize Division. Once a Best in World piece is selected, the Second Place mount in that category (if there is one), will move up to compete for Second Best in World with the other category First Places.

The Best in World Decorative Miniature will be selected from the Best of Category winners in that division.

The Best in World Natural Finish will be selected from the Best of Category winners in that division.

World titles will be awarded at the discretion of the judges. If no carving is worthy, a World title will not be given.


How Judges' Choice Best of Show is Determined

This award will be selected from the Best in World winners. In the unlikely event there are no Best in World winners, it will be selected from the Best of Category winners in the Open Level.


Awards: $4,000.00 Total

Judges' Choice Best of Show Fish Carving:
Plaque and $1,000.00 from Sugar Pine Woodcarving Supplies.

Open Level: 

Best in World Decorative Lifesize: Recognition plaque and $500.00
Second in World: Recognition plaque and $300.00
Third in World: Recognition plaque and $200.00

Best in World Decorative Miniature: Recognition plaque and $500.00
Best in World Natural Finish: Recognition plaque and $500.00
Best Reef Fish Carving (all levels), in memory of Christine Berry:  $500.00

Best of Category winners: Ribbons
Best of Class Winners: Ribbons
First, Second and Third place entries: Ribbons

Intermediate Level Awards
Best of Show, Intermediate Division: Plaque and $300.00
Best of Category: Ribbon
Best of Class: Ribbon
First, Second & Third winners: Ribbon

Novice Level Awards
Best of Show, Novice Division: Plaque and $200.00
First, Second & Third winners: Ribbon


Rules

1. Hours: All competition entries may be checked in between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2007. All entries must stay on exhibit until they are released at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2007.

2. Entry and Registration Fees: You must purchase a full registration in order to enter the carving competition, except when shipping an entry and not attending (see Rule 4). The entry fee for carvings will be the same as those for the taxidermy competition, $25.00 for early registration and $30.00 after March 16, 2007. The WTC Registration Form should also be used for fish carving (and taxidermy) entries.

3. IWCA Fee. The IWCA membership fee for 2007 of $10.00 must be paid at time of entry, if you have not already done so.

4. Shipped Entries: All carvings being shipped should be well packed and received by March 30, 2007. Shipped fish carving entries should be addressed to WFCC Entry, c/o Breakthrough Magazine, 2271 Old Baton Rouge Highway, Hammond, LA 70403. Extreme care will be taken when handling shipped entries, but the World Show cannot assume any responsibility for damages that may occur during shipping and/or handling, during or after the show. Carving entries will be returned in the same package in which they were received and will be shipped freight collect (COD). Any shipped carving entry must pay a $75.00 registration fee, plus $25.00 per entry. The YFC2G has agreed to unpack and repack all shipped entries for the 2007 World Fish Carving Championships.

5. Critiques: Ample time will be available for critiques when judging is completed. The judges for the 2007 World Fish Carving Championships are Simon Blackshaw, Jeff Mourning and Mike Orthober.

6. Eligibility: Any fish carving entered at a previous World Show is ineligible for this and any future World Shows.

7. Liability: Carvings entered in the show are done so at the owner's risk. Every precaution will be made to protect and secure the entries.

8. Glass Cases: Glass cases or domes must be removed for judging or suffer a penalty.

9. Nameplates: Omit or cover name of carver (if present) on all carvings.

10. Criteria: These rules are to encourage wood carving. Those entries that are comprised solely of wood or those that contain as little non-wood materials as possible will have an advantage over those entries that contain substitute materials providing the results are accurate and realistic.

Open Level: All components of the carving must be made of natural wood. No resin or wood composites. The use of resins, silicones, or plastics of any form is limited to the construction of artificial teeth only. All facsimile of driftwood must be carved. Carved habitat may be coated with paint and paint additives. Any methods used to emboss, burn, engrave, or carve scales in wood is permitted. Items allowed are artificial eyes, fishing line, fishhooks, wire or metal for whiskers and barbels, and metal for structural support when needed. Items not allowed are plastic, silk or manufactured plants, real rocks, shells, sand or manufactured lures. No cast objects will be allowed, such as rocks, fins, gills, teeth, etc. Water made from resin or plastic is not allowed. Any carving found to contain non-approved materials will be disqualified.

Intermediate Level: All components of the carving must be made of natural wood. No resin or wood composites. The use of resins, silicones, or plastics of any form is limited to the construction of artificial teeth only. All facsimile of driftwood must be carved. Carved habitat may be coated with paint and paint additives. Any methods used to emboss, burn, engrave, or carve scales in wood is permitted. Items allowed are artificial eyes, fishing line, fishhooks, sand,wire or metal for whiskers and barbels, and metal for structural support when needed. Items not allowed are plastic, silk or manufactured plants, real rocks, shells, or manufactured lures. No cast objects will be allowed, such as rocks, fins, gills, teeth, etc. Water made from resin or plastic is discouraged. Any carving containing non-approved materials will be penalized in the judging process.

Novice Level: In the Novice Level, real driftwood and cast or handmade rocks are accepted. Water made from resin or plastic is allowed. Judges will place strong emphasis in their evaluations when all elements are carved of wood.

11. Classes. Classes will be established at the judges' discretion within any category, or when there are five or more entries of the same fish species. (Example: If five or more single rainbow trout are entered in the Trout/Salmon Category, a class will be established for this species.)

12. Awards: First, Second and Third place ribbons will be awarded in all advertised categories and established classes, in all divisions. The exceptions are selections for World title awards. World titles will be awarded at the discretion of the judges. If no carving is worthy, a World title will not be given.

Information: For additional information about the 2007 World Fish Carving Championships®, contact Larry Blomquist at Breakthrough Magazine (985) 345-7266.


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