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The contest was held on Siesta Key Beach near the yellow lifeguard stand.

Amateur sand sculpture contest creates more than just castles on Siesta

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

The contest was held on Siesta Key Beach near the yellow lifeguard stand.

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A birthday cake sculpture was front and center on the beach.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

A birthday cake sculpture was front and center on the beach.

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Beachgoers were encouraged to vote on their favorite sculpture for the People's Choice Award.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

Beachgoers were encouraged to vote on their favorite sculpture for the People's Choice Award.

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"DaGoupsta" won the People's Choice Award.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

"DaGoupsta" won the People's Choice Award.

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Elena Slobounov and Darla Glantz

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

Elena Slobounov and Darla Glantz

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"Cash Flow" won first place in the youths category.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

"Cash Flow" won first place in the youths category.

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Kelsey Blanchard judges the sculptures.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

Kelsey Blanchard judges the sculptures.

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Chip Perling created his festive sculpture in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

Chip Perling created his festive sculpture in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

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Tiffany Kata votes for her favorite sculpture.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

Tiffany Kata votes for her favorite sculpture.

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Chip Perling and his creation, "Cinco de Mayo" won second place in the adult individuals category.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

Chip Perling and his creation, "Cinco de Mayo" won second place in the adult individuals category.

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Some sculptors came prepared with tools.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

Some sculptors came prepared with tools.

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The "Wakanda Sand Castle Is This?" team drew out blueprints of their creation before putting it into action in the sand.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

The "Wakanda Sand Castle Is This?" team drew out blueprints of their creation before putting it into action in the sand.

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Many beachgoers took photos of the works of art.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

Many beachgoers took photos of the works of art.

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Grace Whitehouse tallies up the votes for the winners.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

Grace Whitehouse tallies up the votes for the winners.

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Stig Lindow and Damon Meri pose for a photo next to their sculpture, "Da Goupsta."

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

Stig Lindow and Damon Meri pose for a photo next to their sculpture, "Da Goupsta."

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The artist of "Piper's Igloo" holds up her second place prize in the 10 years and younger category.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

The artist of "Piper's Igloo" holds up her second place prize in the 10 years and younger category.

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The "Cash Flow" winner comes up to receive her cash prize in the youths category.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

The "Cash Flow" winner comes up to receive her cash prize in the youths category.

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Andrea King calls out the winners.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

Andrea King calls out the winners.

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The winners of the team category made "Mermaid in the Sand."

Saturday, May 5, 2018 |

The winners of the team category made "Mermaid in the Sand."

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