Ashley’s sudden passing in 2020 has saddened the wildfowl carving world. While there have been many who have gone before, there was something special about Ashley that touched everyone in his own special way.
This loss happened as we began organizing a new championship for wildfowl carving in 2020. All of us at Wildfowl Carving Championships have chosen to honor Ashley’s life and his contribution to the wildfowl carving world, by naming the award the “Ashley Gray Memorial People’s Choice Award”. We will have a People’s Choice Award where after the private judging, the public will choose from the top three winners of the nine open level divisions for a total of 27 winning entries. The entry with the most public votes wins. The winners of the Ashley Gray People’s Choice event will receive a cash award sponsored by Wildfowl Carving Championships. In the case of a tie, prize monies will be divided evenly.
It is our hope that all of Ashley’s loved ones, will find peace in his being honored in this way.