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5th annual custom design competition!

Entry deadline: December 1st, 2008
Voting Round 1: December 1st - December 7th, 2008
Voting Round 2: December 8th - December 14th, 2008
Winners announced: December 15th, 2008!

This year's contest is officially OVER!  Please come back next year!

  About the Competition

Baby Ember: Hey Ponies!  It's Baby Ember, reporting in from the lovely city of Takayama, Japan.  Yes, it's an old stone lantern I'm standing on.  Quite appropriate for this year's design contest theme - Luminosity!

Selected by visitors to the website, Luminosity can be interpreted as anything that has to do with light, sparkles, or even the contrast between light and dark.  Please feel free to be creative here.  Even the light reflecting off snow can be considered "luminous"! 

  Base Pony
This year's base pony will be 3rd generation pony or unicorn.  Aikarin will select a 3rd generation pony that works with the base color or repaint the entire pony if that is required (for the grand prize award).  So, you don't get to select the pose, but you get a wider range of color options. ^_^
  Entry Requirements
Please read the following carefully:
  • Pony must be your own UNIQUE design.  No G3's based on G1's, etc.
  • NO copyrighted/trademarked designs/names/logos, like "Harry Potter" or "Nike Air" ponies.
  • Design must be a NEW one, not shown or created elsewhere.
  • Entries will be anonymous until after judging...please do NOT put your signature on your picture.  Your picture will be assigned an entry number & tagged with the contest information.
  • Please keep your designs "kid friendly"...stuff that you can display at an elementary school.  I don't want a bunch of disgruntled parents e-mailing! ^_^
  • Text for the entries must be written in English
  • Entry Deadline: December 1st, 2008
  • Entries must be computer edited or scanned.  
    You MUST use the outline below.
    Please do NOT change the dimensions of the picture.  You are allowed to add a background or text notes, as long as they follow the other rules outlined here.

[RIGHT-CLICK onto the picture and save it to your computer]

Need a Non-Display side?  Follow the link and submit an additional pic.

Want to work with other formats?
Transparent GIF - display side (11K)
Transparent GIF - non-display side (11K)
Adobe Photoshop display side
Adobe Photoshop non-display side (270K)

If possible, please do me a huge favor and save your files with the same specifications as the JPG above (that is 6" square, 72 pixels per inch).

Additional information:

  • YOU remain the owner of your design.  All copyrights belong to you.
  • Feel free to add accessories, props, etc.  We won't be judging these, but it may make your design more appealing.  You can even write a story for your pony if you feel like it.
  • Like last year, you're not required to describe your pony in terms of base color, hair color, etc.  However, please note colors vary depending on your monitor settings.  So, if you don't describe your pony or leave something out, Aikarin will make it as close to what it looks like on her computer and fill in any details which are missing. ^_^

Click here to see a sample entry

  Submit Your Entry

This year's contest is over, but you'll have another chance in 2009!

  See The Luminous Sights!

Click here to view the Luminous entries!

  People's Choice Finalists

See the People's Choice Finalists!


Alas, this year's voting is over.
Click here to see the winners!


Q: Where can I find a program to draw my designs?
A: has free and trial drawing programs in their Design & Photo Category
Try one of their higher-rated programs.

Q: Does it have to be something sparkly?
A: You're free to interpret this year's theme, Luminosity.  The pony doesn't have to have glitter on it.  

Q: Can I change the base pony's color?
A: Yes.  You can pick any color and pattern for your base.

Q: Is there an age limit?
A: No.  But if you're under 18, you must have your parent's permission to enter.  Make sure that they know if you are a winner, you will need to provide your address (so your prizes can be sent to you!).

Q: Can I tell others about the custom I created for the contest?
A: No, I'd prefer that you keep it a secret until after the voting.  That way, the voting is less likely to be affected by the designer's popularity.  Do NOT put your name on your picture!  Do not "advertise" your custom...this is NOT fair to the other participants.  Likewise, it's not okay to tell all of your relatives to vote for you.

Q: Can I submit a pegasus?  Can I add additional sculpted parts?
A: Yes, you can add any extra parts you wish. ^_^

Q: Can I submit a baby pony design?
A: Yes, you can specify in the description that your pony is a baby.  If you win, your custom will be made from a G3 baby pony base. 

Q: Can I make a Twice-as-Fancy design?
A: Yes.  You can place the symbols anywhere.

Q: Can I include a non-display side symbol?
A: Yes.  I'm including a non-display side outline for you to use.  Check it out here.  So, you can submit two pics (display side and non-display side) for each entry.

Q: How complicated of a design can I submit?
A: Your imagination is the limit here.  However, remember that you're being judged on the quality, not the quantity of your design.

Q: Can I submit my pony persona?
A: Short answer: no.  The design must be original & anonymous.   If you use your pony persona, it's pretty obvious who made it. ;)  This can affect the outcome of the voting in the People's Choice Award category.

Q: Can I use special types of hair, like glow-in-the-dark and thermal color changing hair?
A: Yes, this is allowed.

Once again, we will be giving out 3 main awards and a few random awards.

The first two awards will be selected by Aikarin & a few of her close friends.  Don't try to guess what we like...we all have different tastes!  So, make the designs based on what YOU like!  ^_^  Please try to use this year's theme, Luminosity, as a guide.  Judging is NOT based on your rendering/drawing ability.  So, if you're not good at drawing or coloring, you can still win as long as we think your idea is great!

Luminosity Award - The "best" pony design, per Aikarin & company. ^_^  The prize is a custom pony of your design made by Aikarin!  

Most Uniquely Illuminated Award - This particular pony will also be selected by Aikarin & a few of her close friends.  The winner of this award will be a well-designed pony that also pushes the envelope of creativity.  Your reward is a randomly selected minty condition pony from the extras page or from Aikarin's collection.

People's Choice Award - This award is based on voting by pony fans.  There will be TWO rounds of voting.  The winner will receive a 3rd generation pony.  Aikarin will try to select a pony with the same base color, if possible.  Also includes a matching pony comb & supplies in stock that work with your pony's design.  All you have to do is put your pony together!

Instruction Follower's Random Awards - the IRFAs - To be eligible for these awards, your entry must follow all of the rules listed above & on the actual entry form.  ^_^  Sounds silly, but this will make it a lot easier for Aikarin to update the site.  Your name will be entered once for each design that meets criteria (up to a total of 2).  These names will be randomly drawn for customizing supplies at the end of the competition.


I'd appreciate it greatly if you could help advertise the contest ^_^

Please use the banners below (or one of your own, if you wish)    

and link to

Many thanks for your participation!

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