AND THE 2015 WATERMELON CARVING CONTEST WINNERS ARE…


I cannot lie – this year’s submissions totally blew me away! I wrote last year that 2014 was the most successful contest to date, but I think this year took the watermelon cake.

Between the sheer number of entries this year, I was most impressed by the creativity and selection. Every submission was unique in its own way, which made it very difficult to choose a first, second and third place winner in each category. In reality, I’d like to award you all for your submissions, but that’s why I’m not a judge; it’s too much pressure to pick just one winner!

To recap, the judges’ criteria included not just the quality of the carving itself, but other factors like staging, the creativity of the concept, and the attention to detail paid by the carver. Originality was a key factor, too. In other words, did the carver go above and beyond by showing the judges something they might not have seen before?

This year’s carving categories included Most Elegant Carving, Best Fruit Basket Carving, Funniest Carving,   Best Animal Carving, and Star-Spangled Carving. If anyone has any ideas for categories for next year’s contest, please leave a comment on this entry.

So, without further ado, I’m proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Watermelon Carving Contest:

MOST ELEGANT CARVING

Beginner
SZAMBELAN - Elegant - Face

FIRST PLACE: Alex Szambelan

SECOND PLACE: Deepa Kaul

Experienced

PANAYIOTA - Elegant - Wedding

FIRST PLACE: Panayiota Thoma

SECOND PLACE: Aneta Lekas

THIRD PLACE: Catalina Feng

BEST FRUIT BASKET

Beginner

HO - Basket - Basket

FIRST PLACE: Lilian Ho

SECOND PLACE: Donna Lipscomb

THIRD PLACE: Donna Lipscomb

Experienced

LEKAS - Basket - Floral

FIRST PLACE: Aneta Lekas

SECOND PLACE: April Schmidt

THIRD PLACE: Ethel Darwin

FUNNIEST CARVING

Beginner

CARVER - Funny - Tooth

FIRST PLACE: David Carver

SECOND PLACE: Donna Lipscomb

Experienced

DIETRICK - Funny - Monkey

FIRST PLACE: Sue Dietrick

SECOND PLACE: Areerat Wancowicz

THIRD PLACE: Laura Poulsen

BEST ANIMAL CARVING

Beginner

KIERAT - Animal - Peacock

FIRST PLACE: Kate Kierat

SECOND PLACE: Kate Kierat

THIRD PLACE: David Carver

Experienced

MUSCAT - Animal - Giraffe

FIRST PLACE: Simon Muscat

SECOND PLACE: Aneta Lekas

THIRD PLACE: Sue Dietrick

STAR-SPANGLED CARVING

LIPSCOMB - Star - Flag

Beginner

FIRST PLACE: Donna Lipscomb

Experienced

FLORES - Star - Eagle

FIRST PLACE: Rose Flores

SECOND PLACE: Rose Flores

THIRD PLACE: Laura Poulsen

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

Beginner

KAUL - Elegant - Elegant

FIRST PLACE: Deepa Kaul

Experienced

WANCOWICZ - Elegant - Snow White

FIRST PLACE: Areerat Wancowicz

JUDGE’S CHOICE

Beginner

KIERAT - Animal - Peacock

FIRST PLACE: Kate Kierat

Experienced

POULSEN - Animal - Lion

FIRST PLACE: Laura Poulsen

Congratulations to our 2015 Carving Contest winners and thank you to everyone who participated!

UP NEXT: Make watermelon pops with this cool prize!


Comments

  1. mark says:

    It is great seeing all of this creativity. It made it really tough to pick winners because everyone did such a great job. Thanks to all the watermelon lovers that took the time to carve your favorite fruit or vegetable.

  2. Jim Grover says:

    I feel the best overall “experienced” carving, not the Judge’s Choice, but rather the Star Spangled entry by Rose Flores. Every detail appeared to be perfect. Traditionally, one thinks Fourth of July for picnics, watermelon and patriotism,, and what could have been more perfect Ms. Flores’ entry.

  3. The Watermelon Guy says:

    I totally agree, Mark! Every year I think I’ve seen it all, but the next wave of watermelon carvers never ceases to amaze me! It takes a lot of skill to carve any kind of fruit or vegetable, which is something that I just can’t seem to grasp. Have you ever carved watermelon?

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