Sandcastle Spectacle at Sanding Ovations

Cindy Brown of Clearwater takes a photo of Ali Thompson, also of Clearwater, in front of a sand sculpture by artist Dan Belcher of St. Louis, titled “Ripple Effect,” as the sun prepares to set Saturday November 19 in Treasure Island. The sculpture was one of 10 competing in the eighth annual Sanding Ovations Masters Cup Sand Sculpture Competition and Music Festival held November 16 through 20. First place went to a piece titled “Biological Link” by Jonathan Bouchard of Montreal, who also won first place in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Brown said she’s come to the contest every year since it started. Of the sculptures, she said, “They’re a little smaller this year, but very detailed.”

Cindy Brown of Clearwater takes a photo of Ali Thompson, also of Clearwater, in front of a sand sculpture by artist Dan Belcher of St. Louis, titled “Ripple Effect,” as the sun prepares to set Saturday November 19 in Treasure Island. The sculpture was one of 10 competing in the eighth annual Sanding Ovations Masters Cup Sand Sculpture Competition and Music Festival held November 16 through 20. First place went to a piece titled “Biological Link” by Jonathan Bouchard of Montreal, who also won first place in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Brown said she’s come to the contest every year since it started. Of the sculptures, she said, “They’re a little smaller this year, but very detailed.”

Chloe Johnson, left, and Jessica Rogers, both of St. Petersburg, take selfies with a sand sculpture by artist Dmitry Klimenko of Moscow titled “My Changing Woman” as the sun prepares to set Saturday Nov. 19 in Treasure Island. The piece won second place in the eighth annual Sanding Ovations Masters Cup Sand Sculpture Competition and Music Festival held Nov. 16-20. First place went to a piece titled “Biological Link” by Jonathan Bouchard of Montreal, who also won first place in 2012, 2013 and 2014. “We came here last year and the year before,” Johnson said of the event, which also included craft and food vendors. “It’s like a family tradition.”

Chloe Johnson, left, and Jessica Rogers, both of St. Petersburg, take selfies with a sand sculpture by artist Dmitry Klimenko of Moscow titled “My Changing Woman” as the sun prepares to set Saturday November 19 in Treasure Island. The piece won second place in the eighth annual Sanding Ovations Masters Cup Sand Sculpture Competition and Music Festival held November 16 to 20. First place went to a piece titled “Biological Link” by Jonathan Bouchard of Montreal, who also won first place in 2012, 2013 and 2014. “We came here last year and the year before,” Johnson said of the event, which also included craft and food vendors. “It’s like a family tradition.”

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