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Sand sculptors show their creativity on the beach

More than 200 local sand sculptors showed their creativity in a competition at Clear Water Bay Second Beach, Sai Kung, today (November 13). A team of professional sand sculptors from Japan also demonstrated their skills.

The Sai Kung District Sand Sculpture Competition and Sand Sculpture Exchange Programme 2005 was organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to create a showground for sand sculptors to utilise their skills and let beachgoers appreciate the creativity.

This year, 40 teams participated in the competition, including nine teams in the open division, 10 in the family division, 13 in the youth division and eight in the disabled division. The competition was a great opportunity for sand sculptors to share their experience, enhance teamwork spirit and foster close family ties.

The three themes suggested by the department were "The Rear Garden of HK – Sai Kung", "Olympic Equestrian Events in HK" and "HK's Collective Memory". Each participating team had to finish their works within one hour and 45 minutes in an area of about three metres by 4.5 metres.

When the competition was over, magnificent and eye-catching sand sculptures covered the beach. Spectators feasted their eyes on these artefacts which demonstrated sculptors' different creative ideas and fabulous craftsmanship.

Judging was based on skills, creativity, aesthetics and relevance to the themes.

Winners of today's competition were:

Open division: "Banyan" by "Sandsfreaks";

Family division: "Equestrian Fantasia" by "The Zoo";

Youth division: "Olympic Equestrian Events in HK" by "P.O.H. Chan Kwok Wai Primary School";

Disabled division: "Dream of Traveling in Space" by Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong Team I.

The overall championship of the competition went to "Banyan" by "Sandsfreaks".

A sand sculpture team from Japan, Kagoshima Hioki City Team, was invited for a sand sculpture demonstration. Their work entitled "Twin Dragon" was based on a story in which two dragons met on a beach in Hong Kong and they became friends. The vivid and unique work was admired by spectators and set the tone for the competition.

Ends/Sunday, November 13, 2005

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