Hello, and welcome to Distant Horizon's 12th annual Avatar Pumpkin Carving Competition!
This is where you can see Avatar-themed pumpkins, send in your own, and vote for your favorites!

Last Updated: November 21st, 2016

The RESULTS are in!
Congratulations to our top winners: Roku Alone, Jade, Fanwoman, Moku's Djembe, and Mod's Choice Cam!

Additional thanks to everyone who entered, and all who voted!
This contest continues because of fans like you. :)
Happy Holidays to you all, and I hope to see what you make next year!

2016 Winners!
Overview   Rules   How to Enter   Prizes   Help/FAQ, Links

Previous Winners:
2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015   2016

You can also see the prizes from previous years!
There is a Tumblr for this contest as well.


This competition is just a fun way to bring together Avatar-related carved pumpkins, and the people who made them. There is no fee to enter, and there is no age, geography, or skill level limit in order to participate. All I ask is that your pumpkin be Avatar: The Last Airbender or The Legend of Korra themed. ^_^

Throughout the month of October people can send in photos of their carved pumpkin. Everyone is allowed to enter up to 2 pumpkins each, and submissions close at midnight on the first weekend of November.

The voting will begin on the following Monday after the submissions end and will stay open for two full weeks. Everyone is allowed to vote once for their top 5 favorites. These votes will determine the top 15 winners, and out of those 15, the top 4 + "mod's choice" will win a prize if available. These winners will be announced on the following Monday both by email, and the announcement on this page and at Distant Horizon.

You can also follow this contest on Tumblr, at dh-apcc.tumblr.com!



For entering:

  1. Has to be Avatar: The Last Airbender or The Legend of Korra related. Related universe characters like from the TCG and comics are fine too. Also, make sure the carving is viewable for all ages.
  2. Submit your pumpkin photo before 10:00pm of the deadline. (Pacific Standard Time)
  3. Everyone from any country is allowed to enter up to 2 pumpkin carvings each, but they'll be voted on together.
  4. Using foam pumpkins or other carve-able veggies like watermelons and squashes are acceptable.
  5. Entries must be physically carved. Photoshopped images or using decorations like paper or paint will not be posted.
  6. Submitters must be involved in their pumpkin's carving. Help from family/friends is fine, but don't submit a pumpkin if you didn't help make it.
For voting:
  1. You can vote for your five (5) favorite pumpkins when the polls are open. (In November)
  2. You may vote for yourself, if you entered. (Once!)
  3. You may not vote for the same pumpkin multiple times. (This includes sending it one vote at a time)


How To Enter

  1. Get a pumpkin! (other carve-able veggies count too)
  2. Carve something Avatar: The Last Airbender or Legend of Korra related into it.
  3. Put a candle/lightbulb in it to make it glow.
  4. Take a (digital) photo of it and E-MAIL it to me!
  5. (Please include your name or alias and pumpkin's title. Please keep titles under 60 characters in length.)

NOTE:  Submissions are closed, and will stay that way until next October.



At the end of the voting, the top 15 winners will be announced and their pumpkin photos will be on display forever. All winners will be notified by email, and the winning results will be mentioned at Distant Horizon.

Out of those 15, the top 4 + "mod's choice" can request a prize from the group below, then work out the details with me or the provider of that prize.

Prizes for 2016:

...And that's what we have so far!
If you would like to help provide a quality prize for one of the Top 4 winners
(be it custom fanart, a craft, etc), please email me for more info. Thanks!

The "Mod's Choice" winner can choose:

  • A crochet keychain of an ATLA/LOK character/animal of their choosing, made by Jade/Musogato.
Since I liked your carving enough to give it the 'Mod's Choice,' I'd like to make a prize for you, too. :)



Q: Will there be another Avatar pumpkin carving contest?

A: Yes; Distant Horizon will hold this contest every year during October, and the voting in November.

Q: How do we vote? And when?

A: There will be an online poll available during the voting time, and the link to it will be near the top of every page on this site. On the poll will list all of the entries' names and pumpkin photos, and you will be asked to type in the names of your top 5 favorites. If you vote for more than 5, the 6+ will NOT be counted. Same for if you vote repeatedly for the same pumpkin. The voters' IP addresses are recorded to help weed out cheating, but that information is deleted once the voting period is over. Voting will take place during the first two weeks of November.

Q: As long as the participant carved it, is using free patterns allowed?

A: While original carvings are always smiled upon, I personally do not have a problem if participants enter carvings using (Avatar-themed) publicly available patterns/stencils. (This does NOT mean copying previously-entered pumpkin carvings.) Unless the original pattern maker objects to using their design for contest purposes, or 5+ people enter the same carving design, I will allow stencil designs. Be warned though, by using a familiar pattern, if other participants use it too there will be more scrutiny on those designs to see who carved/lit it best.

Q: Hey wait... why is Jade (the contest host) allowed to enter her own contest?

A: Because carving pumpkins is fun and I resent not being allowed to enter. :P I really like this contest a lot, and it's so much more enjoyable to be involved in the participation than just updating the site and keeping track of votes. Though if my entry ever makes it into the top 4, my prize will be passed to the next winner in line to keep things fair.

Q: How come there have been pumpkin entries that haven't been carved?

A: Because Jade has a hard time saying "no" to entries that have had a lot of time and effort put into decorating them. But this *is* a carving competition, so for year 4 and up Jade will be sure to fully enforce the rules. >_>

If you have any questions about this competition, you can email me here.

Has it been a while since you last carved a pumpkin? Not quite sure what you should do? Then fear not! I have found some awesome links for you. =D

Walt's Pumpkin Carving Secrets   is an excellent guide for every step in carving a pumpkin, from cleaning it to preserving it and more. I suggest that everyone take a look at this page, unless you're a master pumpkin carver. You probably already know all of this then. ^^;

Walt's Pumpkin Carving Secrets: Making Patterns   is also extremely helpful, especially if you are going to make an Avatar pattern and aren't quite sure how to do it.

PumpkinGlow.com's Art Gallery   has tons of beautifully carved pumpkins in all types of themes. This is a great place to see how the intricate carvings work, and maybe help you decide how to carve your own pumpkin! :)

Stoneykins.com Patterns & Carving Guide   has a ton of amazing-looking intricate patterns and a step-by-step carving guide. Another great site to see how patterns work!

You can also link back to this website if you like!
We have a small 88x31 banner, as well as a large banner made by the estimable AlternateCoppa. :)
You can link these images to:  http://musogato.com/avatar/apcc/

small banner



You can also follow this contest on Tumblr, at dh-apcc.tumblr.com!


2016 Winners!
Overview   Rules   How to Enter   Prizes   Help/FAQ

Previous Winners:
2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015   2016

Avatar: The Last Airbender is copyrighted by Nickelodeon and Viacom International, 2005. No profit is being made from this site or this competition; it's just some fun for the Avatar fans.