Requirements - Wildfowl Carving Championships
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Requirements

Photos and Video
It’s the year 2021, and most everyone has a camera, and whether they know it or not, they probably have the ability to take high-resolution photos, even high-definition video on them. High-quality photos and video can be taken using many devices including smartphones, and digital cameras.

To take your own photos, consider turning to the younger generations. They are smart and are eager to help. Not only will they be introducing digital photography, you will be introducing them to wildfowl carving. Then there’s the option of local photographers that will make their studios available to the aspiring photographer, offering lighting and backdrops, even cameras for an hourly fee. So whether you hire a professional or you take the photos yourself, this is what will be required.

Competitors will enter a required number of photos showing different views of each entry. Each photograph should have the subject, or the carving filling the screen, edge to edge. The size of each photograph must be at least 2000 pixels in either dimension (wide or high) and at least 2MBs (megabytes) and no larger than 6MBs in terms of file size. If you are familiar with photography and digital graphics 300 DPI is best. This is because high definition photos will show the detail of your carving and the fine details you spent so much time creating. Also, because you will want your works published online and in Wildfowl Carving Magazine.

Whether you hire a professional or you take the photos and video yourself, this is what will be required for the different divisions.

Working Decoy, Smoothie Decoy Rig
You will need to submit eight (8) photographs of each decoy entry. Photos must be a minimum of 2000 pixels wide and/or high. One (1) 30-60 second YouTube video showing the self-righting and flotation of the decoy from a distance of 20′.

  • Left Profile
  • Right Profile
  • Front View
  • Back View
  • Top View
  • Bottom View
  • Two (2) Views of Your Choice (May be photos of the Rig, or for individual close-ups)
  • 30-60 Second YouTube Video – Self-righting and Flotation at 20′

Decoy Rig
You will need to submit eight (8) photographs of each decoy, in this three decoy rig (24 total). Photos must be a minimum of 2000 pixels wide and/or high, and one 30-60 second YouTube video showing the self-righting of each decoy, and flotation of the three birds as a rig from a distance of 20′. The rig may be enhanced with a display base. If included the base will not be considered as part of the entry by the judges.

  • Left Profile
  • Right Profile
  • Front View
  • Back View
  • Top View
  • Bottom View (identifying marks covered)
  • Two (2) Views of Your Choice (May be photos of the Rig, or for individual close-ups)
  • 30-60 Second YouTube Video – Self-righting and Flotation at 20′

Contemporary Antique Decoy
You will need to submit eight (8) photographs in the views listed below.

  • Left Profile
  • Right Profile
  • Front View
  • Back View
  • Top View
  • Bottom View (identifying marks covered)
  • Two (2) Views of Your Choice (May be photos of the Rig, or for individual close-ups)

Decorative Decoy
You will need to submit eight (8) photographs, in the views listed below. One (1) 30-60 second YouTube video showing the flotation of the decoy.

  • Left Profile
  • Right Profile
  • Front View
  • Back View
  • Top View
  • Bottom View (identifying marks covered)
  • Two (2) Views of Your Choice
  • 30-60 Second YouTube Video – Flotation

Decorative Decoy Pair
You will need to submit eight (8) photographs of each decoy in the views listed below (16 total). One (1) 30-60 second YouTube video showing the flotation of the decoys as a pair. The pair may be enhanced with a display base, if included, the base will not be considered as part of the entry by the judges.

  • Left Profile
  • Right Profile
  • Front View
  • Back View
  • Top View
  • Bottom View (identifying marks covered)
  • Two (2) Views of Your Choice
  • 30-60 Second YouTube Video – Flotation

Shorebird, Decorative Lifesize, Decorative Miniature, and Interpretive Sculpture
You will need to submit eight (8) photographs including the views listed below.

  • Left Profile
  • Right Profile
  • Front View
  • Back View
  • Top View
  • Three (3) Views of Your Choice

All Auction Divisions (Auction Divisions Open to US Residents Only) Learn why?
Auction divisions require four (4) photographs showing the qualities of the entry.

Entry Title & Entry Description
When you enter a division, you will need to add an ENTRY TITLE to each entry, for example “Redhead Decoy” or “Cardinal Inspiration”. Then beneath the entry title box is an optional ENTRY DESCRIPTION box. This is where you may enter information for the judges to read and learn about your entry. The best entry descriptions will include; the year carved, species and gender, act being depicted (if applicable), materials used (wood type and paint type), habitat description and habitat materials, reinforcements made to fragile areas, etc.

Photo Description
For each of the required photos you will need to add a PHOTO DESCRIPTION. The photo description is required and may include the view of the photo, and or details you would like the judges to know and consider when they are judging your entry.