This years’ Sand Sculpting Competition on Horsehoe Bay was a great success with picture perfect weather, and crowds of visitors and locals swarming the beach.

With nearly twenty teams competing in a race to build the best sand sculpture, the atmosphere was lively, as Bermuda’s Labor Day weekend kicked off!

Everyone came to take advantage of the last ‘official’ days of summer while supporting family members and friends entered in the competition.

Starting at ten o’clock this morning, the teams were given 6 hours to complete their elaborate sand structures, with each one representing a specific theme.

First time competitors Michael Walsh, Necheeka Trott and Caitlin Barnard from the Bermuda College ‘Arts & Design Programme’ created a life-sized Polaroid Camera. The team was very excited for the opportunity to compete, having just finished their last year of college.

 The sculpture was designed to represent their memories of school, which Caitlin later gushed, “This was such a great experience!”

 Defending Champions Hannah Strong, Erika Mattatall and Gordon Emerson dedicated their sand sculpture to the Lionfish Tournament and the efforts of the BIO Station to eradicate this very invasive species.

There were many other competitors who also chose to celebrate Bermuda’s wildlife by building detailed Humpback Whales, a "cheeky" Tree Frog, a fish, local fruits and the Skink.

Other entries included themes of Religion, Bermuda "More" Tourism, John Lennon... and Rum!

WINNERS
Overall: Bios (Erica Mattatall, Hannah Strang, Gordon Emmerson

Professional: Bermuda So Much More (Craig Mutch, Marg Graham) Love couch

Tourists: 1. Honeymooners (Miguel and Angelina) Sponge Bob/ Squid Worth; 2. I Love Bermuda (George, Yana, Sophia and Ian) Turtle

Family: 1. Harvey (Michael, Darnell, Sabriyya and Sajan) Whistling Frog; 2. Funny Bunny (Cheryl, Pat Elsie and Monte Hastings) Whale of a time; 3. Chris's Crew (Chris Phillip, Teresa Malina, Jada, Hannah) Sea Venture

Open: Hot Stuff (Tyrone Chin, Nicky Gurret, Tamara Anfossi, Stacy Robinson) Cake; 2. Bermuda College (Mike Walsh, Makeem Bartley, Charann Woolridge, Grace Edwards, Caitlyn Bernard, and Khalid Muhammad) Polaroid

Teens: 1. (Camille Gurret and Adrianna Anfossi) Dinghy 1415; 2. Clueless (Jessie G, Triatan N, Amy P, Kayley and Shawn) John Lennon

Children: 1. Attack on Sand (Asha Symonds and Jibela Filece) Lady of the Sea; 2. Coconuts (Nicholas Narraway, Sam Palmer and Johnathan Hotsoll) Sponge Bob






Open      
15  Stacy Robinson, Tammara Anfossi Cake Hot Stuff 1
16 , Nicky Gurret & Tyrone Chin      
17         
18  Mike Walsh, Makeem Bartley, Polaroid Camera Bda College 2
19 Charann Wooldridge, Grace Edwards      
20  Caitlyn Barnard & Khalid Muhammad  
Open      
15  Stacy Robinson, Tammara Anfossi Cake Hot Stuff 1
16 , Nicky Gurret & Tyrone Chin      
17         
18  Mike Walsh, Makeem Bartley, Polaroid Camera Bda College 2
19 Charann Wooldridge, Grace Edwards      
20  Caitlyn Barnard & Khalid Muhammad  
Open      
15  Stacy Robinson, Tammara Anfossi Cake Hot Stuff 1
16 , Nicky Gurret & Tyrone Chin      
17         
18  Mike Walsh, Makeem Bartley, Polaroid Camera Bda College 2
19 Charann Wooldridge, Grace Edwards      
20  Caitlyn Barnard & Khalid Muhammad