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2012 31st Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

2012 Sand Sculpture Contest: People's Choice Award Winner: Entry #06: Carbon Footprint, by Cooper-Levine family
Winner of the 2012 People's Choice Award: Adult/Family Group Entry #06: Carbon Footprint, by the Cooper-Levine family

The 31st Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Beach was once again well attended with 61 sculptures entered. Thousands of participants and observers showed up to enjoy a pleasant day at the beach that started out foggy but cleared by mid-day.

If you notice any errors in the names of sculptures or artists, or if you have digital images of the missing photos listed below, please contact us.


Missing and Unidentified Photos

Unfortunately, we didn't get photographs of all of the sculptures, and not all of the contestants provided us with the names of their sculptures. If you have a photo of any of the sand sculptures listed below, if you know the identity of any of the Unidentified Sculptures, please contact us. Thank you.

Missing Photos:

  • Adult/Family Group Entry #30: A Hand, by Lucy Zhang
  • Adult/Family Group Entry #31: A Mermaid's Vacation, by Cornwell Family
  • Adult/Family Group Entry #43: Whale, by Rosanna Broude
  • Children's Group Entry #02: Creative Community, by Chloe, Lucy, & Geli

Unidentified/Untitled Sculptures

  • Children's Individual Entry #05, by Kiden
  • Children's Group Entry #04, by Max and Willie

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2012 Sand Sculpture Award Results

HM = Honorable Mention
PC = People's Choice Awards
RP = Best Use Of Recycled Plastic
MJ = Maggie Johnston Award for Creative Excellence

Adult/Family Group Category
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st California Howling Gordon and Lily Bryan
2nd Mermaid Honeymoon Penn, Johnson, and Barshong families
3rd Mars Rover The Kingdon family
HM Beware of Dragon Kane & Diamant Families
HM Catch of the Day Garriott Family
HM Pagoda Matsu-moat-o Costello Family
PC Carbon Footprint Cooper-Levine family
RP Curiosity Jones-Schiltgen family
MJ A Childs Dream Norton and Stewart families

Children Single
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st Message in a Bottle Luciana
2nd Mexican Lizard Gabriel
3rd Swag Michael
HM Octopus Dante

Children Group
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st 99 Turtles Sammie and Mabel
2nd Project Nyan Cat Austin, Bob, Etron, Julia, and Lynette
3rd 2 Girls and a Boy Kicki, Kenedy, and Douglas
HM Mystery Max and Willie

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