2017 International Sand Sculpting Championship Winners

2017 Sand Sculpting Results

1ST PLACE - SOLO

"Dragons" | Karen Fralich, Canada
Beautiful and mystical, adored and feared, In countless stories have they appeared, Breath of fire and wings for flight, Who can resist their magical might?

2ND PLACE - SOLO

“Sweet Dreams” | Melineige Beauregard. Canada

Safe and sound, comforting zone, underwater sweet dreams

3RD PLACE - SOLO
NEPTUNE'S CHOICE - SOLO
PEOPLE'S CHOICE - SOLO

“I don't know Doc, I just feel like a nut!” | John Gowdy, Italy

There is more to this sculpture than the obvious humor..The famous Mr Peanut, (the patient) is one of the first branding mascots. He was the brainchild of an Italian-born American businessman and philanthropist, Amedeo Obici (the doctor) who founded the Planters Peanut Company. Although Planters and the peanut industry are not the major defining activity of Suffolk as they once were, the Mr. Peanut character has become quite famous. A statue of Mr. Peanut is prominently displayed in downtown Suffolk. Another was a gift to Suffolk's sister city, Oderzo, Italy. John did a sand sculpture for the city of Oderzo which is an old roman city in northeast Italy. In this sculpture John included his hometown Atlantic City, NJ’s icon “Mr Peanut” in Amedeo’s honor. The local Italians loved it! “I found it to be very interesting how this old Roman city had such close relations with near-by Suffolk. This relationship came about through the life and good will of this great man, Amedeo Obici. Through his business and marketing skills of promoting and selling peanuts, he was able to build two hospitals on two continents. I dedicate this humorous sculpture to this great man and will carve his likeness as the good doctor and of course, the famous Mr. Peanut, is the patient!"--John Gowd

4TH PLACE - SOLO

“Water Dream Again” | Dave Andrews, Wisconsin

Ever have a dream with a river or a tidal wave in it? When you're having a dream with water in it, hold on because you are on a one way journey to Funkytown. Water in a dream can represent the torrential power of your subconscious mind, positive flowing life changes, or maybe that your life is about to spring a leak. But it always represents a part of yourself; so ride the wave. Ride the wave and prepare to get wet


SCULPTOR'S CHOICE - SOLO

“FLY” | Karlis Ile, Latvia

Let Me Fly


1ST PLACE - TEAM
NEPTUNE’S CHOICE - TEAM
PEOPLE’S CHOICE - TEAM

“Pixie Dust” | Meredith Corson Doubleday & Dan Doubleday, Florida

Pixie dust (which it is commonly known to us), is actually a liquid. It is a most prized possession amongst the Woodland creatures. When an Aurum tree dies it becomes a stump. It then gives back more water than it ever took while it was alive. This is a very Enchanted water. When tossed into the air it glistens like gold as it dissipates. It is said to be magical in many different ways. A gift for all the forest creatures to partake of. If you look closely you may see a spring Faerie bathing in the essence. Giving more than you take is the unspoken law of the pixie World. A very simple concept. No war, no tribes, no hate. Only help instead of hurt. Maybe we could use a little pixie dust in our world


2ND PLACE - TEAM

“We Trust” | Andrius Petkus, Lithuania & Dmitry Klimenko, Russia

We trust in our kids. We believe they will make this world better. And we can see ourselves in our children. And the time disappears. It is a never-endin process.

3RD PLACE - TEAM

“Thoughts on Water| Jonathan Bouchard & Jacinthe Trudel, Canada

Dr. Masaru Emoto discovered that water is influenced by music, pictures and is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness. He found that positive and negative intentions has measurable effects on the molecular structure of water crystals. In other words, our thoughts have impact on the physical world! Knowing that our body is composed of an average of 60% water (more than 75% for newborn body) and considering that 71% of the earth's surface is covered by water, this discovery has very important implications on how much the nature of our intentions are important

SCULPTOR'S CHOICE - TEAM

“I Want to Break Free” | Dan Belcher, Missouri & Martijn Rijerse, Netherlands

Sometimes life feels so tied up by the high expectations from yourself and everybody around you, by the daily grind, by checking your phone for likes... That's when I want to break free!

SCHOOL DIVISION: ELEMENTARY

FIRST PLACE - John B. Dey Elementary

SECOND PLACE - Point O'View Elementary School

THIRD PLACE - WT Cooke Elementary School

SCHOOL DIVISION: MIDDLE

FIRST PLACE - Corporate Landing Middle School

SECOND PLACE - St. Gregory the Great Middle School

THIRD PLACE - Virginia Beach Middle School

SCHOOL DIVISION: HIGH

FIRST PLACE - Governor's School for the Arts

SECOND PLACE - Cox High School

THIRD PLACE - Bayside High School

FREELANCE DIVISION

FIRST PLACE - AECOM

SECOND PLACE - Comic Sands

THIRD PLACE - Bunch Gang