Australian Sand Sculpting Championships

Nine talented sculptors from around the world have been invited to put their skills to the test, as they go head to head to create intricate large scale sand sculptures in a bid to take home the 2018 Australian Sand Sculpting Championship! Each unique handcrafted sand sculpture is inspired by our very own Neptune’s Games, with sea creatures rendered into sports competitors.

The highly coveted Championship title will be announced at 4pm on Sunday 11th February. Stay on afterwards for the inaugural mermaid book reading at the Neptune’s Throne Sand Sculpture as we officially open Sand Safari Arts Festival!

People's Choice Award

Vote for your favourite sand sculpt from the 9th – 11th February. Simply visit our Facebook page and ‘like’ the picture of your favourite to cast your vote!

The sculpt with the most ‘likes’ receives the acclaimed 2018 People’s Choice Award. Voting closes at 2pm on Sunday 11th February.

Meet the Sculptors

Clive Abben

Clive started his career by volunteering at sand sculpting events to improve and perfect his skills. Clive enjoys carving in large scale sand sculpting events, workshops and displays. When he’s not perfecting a masterpiece Clive spends his time running his successful landscaping company in the Mornington Peninsula.

Kevin Crawford

Kevin has been a professional sand sculptor for 37 years and has won over 11 Sand Sculpting World Championships. This multi-award winner has worked internationally on large scale projects throughout Europe, Asia, America, Canada, the Middle East as well as in his home country Australia.

Daniel Glover

Whilst studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Florida Daniel was asked to sculpt a scale model of the Raymond James Stadium in preparation for the Super Bowl in 2001. After its completion he was asked to represent the USA at international sand  sculpting competitions. He has quickly established a name for himself which has taken him on countless world tours as a master sculptor.

Jim McCauley

Jim began sand sculpting in 2001 and has been involved in sand sculpting events throughout Australia ever since. Jim regularly creates displays of his work in his retail business in Launceston and has taught workshops on the magic of sand.

Meg Murray

Meg’s art career began at an early age having grown up alongside artists in her family: her grandmother a fine artist and her grandfather an architect. Sand sculpting has provided Meg with the opportunity to travel and work alongside international sculptors, whilst continuing her passion and love for painting.

Peter Papamanolis

Peter's first 10 tonne sand sculpture was displayed at the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships here in Surfers Paradise back in 2013. Since then Peter has had the opportunity to create sand sculptures both large and small for educational organisations, festivals and events Australia wide.

Peter Redmon

With a background in graphic design and illustration, Peter started carving in sand as a junior at sand sculpting events back in 2006. Since then, Peter has worked steadily around Australia as part of the Sand Sculpting Australia team working at festivals, events, shopping centres and on smaller corporate projects.

Jino van Bruinessen

After working in the film and television industry for over 20 years, Jino decided to expand his skill set. Not only is Jino now a sand sculptor, he is also a watercolour artist, prop maker and interior designer. This ‘jack of all trades’ started sand sculpting 24 years ago and has been active in the industry ever since.

Dae Young Ji

Dae Young Ji is an iconic sand sculptor in South Korea. He majored in sculpture at university and has been working in the art industry since 2006. He has participated in sand sculpture exhibitions as well as a broadcast program about sand sculpting and art education in Korea.