(Salisbury, Md) --The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, held the 48th Annual World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival this weekend at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City.

Carvings were entered by carvers of all levels, from Youth to World Class, in 39 different divisions which include life-size and miniature decorative bird carvings, interpretive carvings and several categories of working decoys. At the award ceremony on Saturday night the winners of the World Champion Divisions were announced. They are as follows:

Division A - Decorative Life-size Wildfowl

1. Little Blue Heron by Gary Eigenberger, Greenbay, WI, USA

2. Paradise Tanager by Tom Horn, Emmaus, PA, USA

3. Beewick Wren by Greg Pedersen, Courtenay, BC, Canada

Division B - Floating Decorative Life-size Waterfowl Pair -


1. Leonard Rousseau, Kneeland, CA, USA

2. Tim Long, Tervuren, UK

3. Anthony Donato, Fresno, CA, USA

Division C - Decorative Miniature Wildfowl

1. Barn Owl by Ronnie Zint, Hillsboro, TX, USA

2. Juvenile Great Blue Heron Pair by Gary Eigenberger, Greenbay, WI, USA

3. Malachite Sun Bird by Gerald Painter, Great Falls, MT, USA

Division D - Interpretive Wood Sculpture

1. Chickadee/Piano by Jett Brunet, Galliano, LA, USA

2. Hawk by Steve Burelison, Bradford, OH, USA

3. Three Baby Owls by Lynn Branson, Courtenay, BC, Canada

Division SR - Shootin' Rig

1. Pintails by Pat Godin, Paris, ON, Canada

2. Redhead with Canvasback by Jon Jones, Algonac, MI, USA

3. Eiders by Tom Christie, Waverly, IA, USA