2022 Results

2022 International Sand Sculpting Championship

With a world-class venue, 32 of the world’s most talented sculptors, and an exciting prize purse, Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship has distinguished itself as a premier event unlike any other. View the Results from 2022’s Sand Sculpting Championship below.

Blue Double Wave (Short)

Solo Artists

Blue Double Wave (Short)

1st Place - Solo

"The Lonely Doll and a Frog"

Karlis Ile, Latvia

We often feel like we are just puppets in someone’s hands and someone is playing with us. But anyway, that is our living life. It is much sadder when no one wants to play with us and leaves us alone and abandoned.

Sculptor's Choice - Solo

2nd Place - Solo

“Vikings - Conquerors of the North Atlantic”

John Gowdy, USA/Italy

The Vikings were explorers and colonizers of the North Atlantic during the 9th-11th century. It has been proven that they were the first Europeans to set foot in America!

3rd Place - Solo


Karen Fralich, Canada

One of the best feelings in the world is being relaxed, warm and comfortable. Cozy.

4th Place - Solo

“Feelin' Myself”

Morgan Rudluff, USA-California

This sculpture is dedicated to finding yourself, being yourself, loving yourself, and unapologetically celebrating the unique, perfect, and proud beauty that you are in this world!

5th Place - Solo

“Under the Sea Now”

Jihoon Choi, South Korea

I imagined Poseidon in a modern version. Poseidon, who has lived in the waters of Virginia since ancient times. Wouldn’t he use his smartphone to do SMS, listen to music, and drink coffee? But what about the overflowing marine waste? He is likely to be angry at some point.

Neptune's Choice - Solo

“Footprints in the Sand”

Matt Deibert, USA-New Jersey

This sculpture is inspired by the poem “Footprints in the Sand”. “You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, You would walk with me always. But I noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there was only one set of footprints in the sand. Why when I needed you most, have you not been there for me.” The Lord answered. “ The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”

Blue Double Wave (Short)


Blue Double Wave (Short)

1st Place - Team


Donatus Mockus, Lithuania
Inese Valtere, Latvia

There is a legend of the Baltic Sea…Jurate {Sea Goddess} fell in love with a young fisherman Kastytis. She quite forgot that immortal gods were not allowed to enjoy human happiness. The Lord of Gods {Perkunas} found it out and punished lovers, struck Kastytis with a thunderbolt, destroyed the amber castle, and chained Jurate with gold chains to the ruins of the underwater palace. Till now we can find amber in the sea.

2nd Place - Team

"Bedtime Story"

Meredith Corson-Doubleday, USA-Florida
Dan Doubleday, USA-Florida

The phases of the moon are a monthly thing, that we take for granted, their happening. From waxing to waning, and full in between, sometimes he’s missing and can’t be seen. The next time you don’t see his luminous glory, he’s probably listening to his bedtime story.

3rd Place - Team

"Le Beau Visage (The Beautiful Face)"

Benoit Dutherage, France
Sue McGrew, USA-Washington

Everyone wears metaphorical masks during their lives. We all have different faces we show to the world around us and the relationships within. Yes, we all wear masks, but it’s the one we choose that makes the difference.

4th Place - Team

"Next Please"

Wilfred Stijger, Netherlands
Edith van de Wetering, Netherlands

Neptune's Choice - Team

Sculptors' Choice - Team

"The Wheel of Fortune"

Krists Zarins, Latvia
Slavian Borecki, Poland

The wheel of fortune reminds us that all is possible in this world. Situations change quickly – from good to bad, from bad to good. If you want to be prepared for any situation life throws at you – keep your mind calm, be present and take good care on yourself.