One Year Of Photography by Howard Haby

267/365: Pumpkin Carving Competition

We invited some friends over for a friendly Pumpkin Carving Competition tonight. It was a lot of fun and we were elbows deep in breads, dips, wine, beer and pumpkin guts.

When all was said and done and the smoke cleared, we picked the pumpkin meat and seeds out of our eyes and decided we should take a vote on whose pumpkin should take top honours at the 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Competition. Well, all competitors felt passionately about their own pumpkin, and it quickly became evident that we were headed for a  four-way tie for first place. I suggested that it would only be fair to take the competition to this blog for some unbiased voting by my ever intelligent and faithful readers/photo lookers.

So here’s what I need. Could you please, please, please vote for the pumpkin YOU feel is the best pumpkin. You don’t have to leave a big comment, just a #1, #2 etc, and it will only take a moment.  Of course, if you want to leave a comment discussing the fine art and technique of pumpkin carving, or just why you like one pumpkin over the other, please do. If you could help me out in this, I would be greatful. There is some serious bragging rights up for grabs. Although, it was a fantastic time and a big thank you to the carving teams that showed up.

Voters with unusual names, i.e. Semour Butts or Ben Dover, will be discounted as clearly these individuals took part in the pumpkin carving competition, and it only goes to show the levels some people are willing to sink to in order to win a friendly competition (you know who you are) :). If there is someone actually called Ben Dover, I apologize. The voting will be closed on Saturday at midnight.

Here are the photos, thank you for participating. And if you could/want to spread the word for me so we could get as many people as possible to participate in the voting, I would appreciate it. Just send a link to your family and friends or post it on facebook. Thanks again.

Please forgive the quality of the photos, bright, orange flames + dark rooms+ orange pumpkins (+ excessive wine drinking) isn’t ideal for great photographs. 

22 responses

  1. #4! Love the little pumpkin minions inside!

    October 28, 2010 at 11:21 pm

  2. Natasha

    They are all awesome, but I gotta go for #3. #1 is pretty cool too:)

    October 29, 2010 at 7:36 am

  3. Sharon

    I can see why it was such a hard decision..great job done by each..My choice is Pumpkin #3.

    October 29, 2010 at 7:38 am

  4. Natasha

    #4 is cool too with the little ones inside…wow, they are all awesome

    October 29, 2010 at 7:38 am

  5. danielle Martinez

    Sorry this is a late vote. I will go with # 3 and my sister-in-law will go with #2. I did like the mini pumkin idea in # 4, but we are going with #3 & #2. HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO YOU !! Love Your Auntie

    October 29, 2010 at 9:24 am

  6. linda

    I’d say #1!!! 🙂 all very cool and scary 🙂 Great job guys!! #1 is the bestest…lol

    October 29, 2010 at 11:15 am

  7. Yvonne

    Wow! They’re all awesome. But…my vote is flipping between #3 and #4 (I love the little babies inside of 4 too)….hmmmmmmm….okay, #3 is my final vote.

    October 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm

  8. Emily

    Awesome! My vote is for #3.
    Love you Aka!

    October 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    • Howard

      Love you too, Em. Thanks for voting!! 🙂

      November 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm

  9. Erica Martinez

    This is a toughie. I’m going with # 3. The #4 + minions is a great idea though!

    October 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm

  10. Adam

    Number 4 – More depth than the others. It was a tough choice between 3 and 4 but congratulations #4 – I am predicting you will come out on top.

    October 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm

  11. Janice

    Im going to have to go with # 4, they are all great tho. Great job everyone.

    October 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

  12. Cassie

    # 4!
    Not being biased but the work is awesome, the background details are crazy!!!

    October 29, 2010 at 9:59 pm

  13. Gemma

    #4, the little pumpkins in the background did it for me!

    October 29, 2010 at 9:59 pm

  14. Cory

    Number 4, again, like the past 2 votes I’m all for the background and how cool the devil looks!

    October 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm

  15. Melanie

    #1 is def.the BEST!lol I really love the detail on the Teeth!:) All the other’s are really nice too…but #1, now that’s talent!!!

    October 30, 2010 at 7:47 pm

  16. Casey

    I like #3! Good job!! 🙂

    October 30, 2010 at 10:29 pm

  17. cassandra andersen

    I demand a recount lol

    November 1, 2010 at 8:20 am

    • Howard

      Oh, Cassandra, don’t be like that. There’s always next year! 🙂

      November 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm

  18. non biase

    # 3 for SURE!!!

    November 1, 2010 at 11:02 am

  19. cassandra andersen

    LOL i know i know.. cant wait for next year should be good times.
    Ians pumpkin is pretty awsome aswell seeing it was his first time.. I think my first few pumpkins were just the eyes and mouth BORING hehe..

    Anyways we gotta think of something for christmas as well 🙂

    November 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    • Howard

      Snowball carving!! 🙂

      November 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm

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