2017 36th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

A sand sculpture of a dragon.
2017 Sand Sculpture Contest: Maggie Johnston Award for Creative Excellence Winner: Adult Solo Entry #01: Dragon, by Allan Denis Naymark

The Thirty-sixth Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Beach was once again well attended with forty-three sculptures entered. Thousands of participants and observers showed up to enjoy a partly cloudy/foggy 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.


2017 Sand Sculpture Award Results


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

Special Awards
Award Sculpture Contestants
MJ Dragon Allan Denis Naymark
PC Driftwood Xylo-phone The Christiansen Family
RP Octopus Russell Meeks

Adult/Family Group Category
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st Bay Watch Len Garriott
2nd Ace of Spades The Pucci Family
3rd Splash Eric Krussman

Adult's Individual
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st Anna's Castle Dan Baker
2nd Unity Rainbow John Sanftner
3rd Eek! Lips Laura Sanftner

Children's Individual
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st My Sand Sculpture Kaylin
2nd Turtle Eliana
3rd Drip Castle Ian

Children's Group
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st Shark Attack The Prongos brothers
2nd Driptopia Megan, Emily, and Samantha
3rd Leroy Castle Anthony and Lin

Missing, Unidentified, or Misnamed Photos, Artists, or Sculptures

Missing Photos:

  • Adult/Family Group Entry #13: Papichulos, by Hossein Khosravani
  • Adult/Family Group Entry #22: Skee-ball, by the Ramirez family

Unnamed Sculptures:

  • Children's Group Entry #06, by Nathaniel, Will, Augie, and Jenni

Unknown Artist:

  • Children's Group Entry #06: unidentified sculpture, by Nathaniel, Will, Augie, and Jenni

Probably Misnamed Sculpture:

  • Adult/Family Group Entry #24: She Thicc, by Sophie Simone

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Last updated: September 22, 2017

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