9 hot sand-sculpting contests around the world

Once the province of children armed with nothing but bucket, shovel and determination, sand sculpting has captured intense adult interest over the past few decades. Competitions and festivals around the world draw master sculptors who shape tons of sand into works that have more in common with the world’s great examples of stone sculpting than your simple childhood sand castle. Join us on a tour of some of the world’s more interesting competitions.

Text by Kris Collingridge | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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Oct 6, 2012 7:01AM
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GR8 sand..What beach did that come from?....lol
Sep 5, 2012 8:39AM
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wow the tenth picture is amazing! were did they get colored sand? :-p

oh and to anyone who is afraid they are going to be eaten by a shark,  don't be sharks only eat people if they feel threatened by you...... but that doesn't mean you should go swimming by  sharks here and there!
Sep 4, 2012 4:24PM
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i don't think it's that tall. thoes people would be looking up !

Aug 30, 2012 9:54AM
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wow this is some workmanship here....awesome.
Aug 14, 2012 11:44PM
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Every year there are GORGEOUS sand sculptures in Ocean City Maryland on the beach. They are ALWAYS AMAZING. I think it is a competition but I'm not sure. It is surely a display one should not miss.
Aug 14, 2012 11:23PM
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Are you kidding me?! This is really sand?! Absolutely beautiful!!!! Just...WOW!!
Aug 14, 2012 10:19PM
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