Photos: The Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest’s best castles

Amateurs and experts molded sand into familiar buildings, nude sunbathers and other impressive forms at the annual competition.

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

Photograph: Alex Strada

Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day 2013 at Coney Island

If our photos of the Second Annual Creative Time Sandcastle Competition whetted your appetitite for granular, ocean-side artwork, then check out these shots of the 23rd Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest, which took over the beach on August 17. In addition to crafting medieval castles and neighborhood attractions, artists molded some startling human and animals depictions, including a great-white shark and woman lying on the beach.


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