The annual sand sculpture competition runs Nov. 15 to 18.
Sand sculptors owned the beach during the annual Crystal Classic competition Nov. 16 on Siesta Key.
This year had hundreds of attendees — many from across the country and globe - admiring the sand sculpture creations from a slew of artists. This year's event had eight individuals and eight teams of two creating sand castle art pieces across three days for a total sum of $15,000 in prizes.
The American-Canadian team of Walter McDonald and Abe Waterman won $4,000 for the first place award with their sculpture “Mine is Bigger Than Yours.”
John Gowdy of Italy won first in the solo category ($2,000) for his work, “Sand Man Rises.”
Other award winners were:
Second place team ($3,000): “No Place Like Home,” by Craig Mutch, Canada, and Emerson Shreiner, U.S.A.
Third place team ($2,000): “Mental Block,” by Peter Vogelaar, Canada and Manuel Campos, Colombia
Sculptors’ choice team ($1,000): “Mental Block,” Peter Vogelaar and Manuel Campos
Second place solo ($1,500): “Magic,” by Karen Fralich, Canada
Third place solo ($1,000): “Home is Not a Place,” by Maxim Gazendam, Netherlands
Sculptors’ choice solo ($500): “Home is Not a Place,” Maxim Gazendam
Voting for the People's Choice awards for team and solo artists is open through 5 p.m. Monday. Winners will be announced Tuesday.