Despite some red tide and event delays due to Hurricane Nicole, this year's annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic sand sculpting competition still transformed Siesta Key Beach into an outdoor art gallery from Nov. 12-14, thanks to 24 professional and amateur sand artists from around the world.
Because of the delays, poor weather conditions and reduced sculpting time, the artists, many of whom also won last year, agreed to split the prize money equally.
Check out the jaw-dropping pieces that won.
First Place Doubles
Viking King, by Karen Fralich and Dan Belcher. The pair also won the Sculptors’ Choice Artist Team Award and the first-place doubles award last year.
Second Place Doubles
Zero Hour aka Rocket Man, by Matt Long and Brian Wigelsworth. The duo also won the doubles People's Choice Award. (The pair also won first place last year).
Third Place Doubles
In the Eye of Bee Holder, by Matt Deibert and Ian Deibert, (the pair also won third place last year).
First Place Solo
Home is a State of Mind, by Maxim Gazendam, who also won the Sculptors’ Choice Solo Artist award.
Second Place Solo
Passing, by Carl Jara also earned the solo artist's People's Choice Award.
Third Place Solo
System Error, by Bouke Atema