AND THE 2015 WATERMELON CARVING CONTEST WINNERS ARE…

August 31st, 2015 by The Watermelon Guy

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!

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