2016 35th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

Young adults constructing a sand sculpture of bleachers and a foot-race track.
2016 Sand Sculpture Contest: Maggie Johnston Award for Creative Excellence Winner: Adult/Family Group Entry #32: Going for Gold, by Jen Jordan.

NPS / Elizabeth Tucker


The 35th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Beach was once again well attended with 53 sculptures entered. Thousands of participants and observers showed up to enjoy a sunny day at the beach.

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


2016 Sand Sculpture Award Results

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

Adult/Family Group Category
Award Sculpture Contestants
MJ Going for Gold Jen Jordan
1st Cake by the Ocean The Christiansen family
2nd Life The Magner Family
3rd Turtle Daniel Gold
HM Dino Dig The Ott Family
HM Trust Issues Norton, Smith, Campos
PC Sea Monkey Len Garriott
RP Hootie the Owl The Organ-Overby Family

Adult's Individual
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st Queen Anna's Castle Dan Baker
2nd Chillaxing John Sanftner
3rd Hippo Alysha Lieber

Children's Individual
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st Baby Crocodile Stas
2nd iPod Syerra
3rd M&M Jane

Children's Group
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st Chompy Crocodile Renata
2nd Kar Nichi & Douglas
3rd Chavez Empire/Crab Kingdom DJ
HM Karlstejn Nejedly Kids
HM Marz Outpost Michelle and Andrew

Missing and Unidentified Photos

Missing Photos:

  • Children's Group Entry #07: Ocean Dream by Mason
  • Children's Group Entry #11: (Mermaid) Castle, by Samantha

Unnamed Sculptures:

  • Adult/Family Group Entry #09, by Michael Osfeld
  • Adult/Family Group Entry #11, by Jenny Liu
  • Adult/Family Group Entry #12, by Xin Zu Meng
  • Adult/Family Group Entry #20, by the Ojeda family
  • Adult/Family Group Entry #31, by Carolyn Ricchiato

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Last updated: August 31, 2017

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