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Sand sculptors show creativity at contest

Hundreds of visitors and beachgoers took the opportunity to admire dozens of sand sculptures at Shek O Beach this afternoon (November 21).

The sand sculptures were created by aspiring sand sculptors competing for the championships at the Southern District Sand Sculpture Competition-Sand Sculpture Exchange Programme 2004 jointly organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Southern District Recreation and Sports Association.

"This year, 76 teams participated in the competition," a department spokesman said.

"There were 13 teams from the family division, five from the corporate division, seven from the open division, 14 and 19 from the primary and secondary school divisions respectively and 18 from the disabled division.

"Each participating team has to finish the sand sculpture work within two hours in an area of about three metres by four metres," the spokesman said.

The creative sculptures were judged according to skills, creativity, aesthetics and whether they were relevant to the themes stated by the participating teams.

Winners of today's competition were:

Family division: "Peace and Love" by "Sculptor";
Corporate division: "Fishes Swim Together" by "Utopia";
Open division: "Live with Soul - Old Well" by "Brave Man";
Primary School division: "Crawling Back Home" by "Kwong Yuet Tong Excel Foundation Primary School";
Secondary School division: "All with One Heart" by "Diocesan Boys' School"; and
Disabled division: "To be Hard-working" by "The Best".

The overall championship of the competition went to "Live with Soul - Old Well" by "Brave Man".

A sand sculpture team from Higashiichiki Town, Kagoshima, Japan, showed their creativity in the event and their unique work entitled "The Relaxing Doraemon in the Hot Spring" won the admiration from all spectators and participants.

Ends/Sunday, November 21, 2004
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