Since 2000... artists from all over the world have been descending on Hampton Beach in New Hampshire... for the annual "Master Sand Sculpting Competition."
They worked out in the elements, carving the larger than life displays... using nothing more than sand, water-- and their imaginations.
The stakes -- and the sand were high in hampton saturday -- as competitors from all over the the globe duked it out vying to become
Hampton beach's best sand sculptor.
"The sand comes from Hudson, New Hampshire, fresh Water Pond."
each competitor worked with ten tons of sand and gallons of water to help the figures take shape.
"It's called silt sand and it's different than the beach sand because it holds water.
And that's all there is is water and sand. No glue, no clay, just sand and water."
Competitors have a total of 21 hours over three days to complete their sculpture.
And it is a solo event -- meaning only one person is allowed to build each work of art.
Spectators lined up at the beach in awe -- and many come every year to watch the masterpieces take form.
"I think they are really excellent. Excellent job. Excellent job this year. Lot of work. Lot of work."
There's also a fan favorite voted on by beachgoers -- judged for wow factor and degree of difficulty.
Fans say they are very particular about what they are looking for.
"The detail. The craftsmanship, the overall concept of what they are presenting to the public."
This year's winner was from Quebec.
His creation was called "Phase Shifter" and featured a demonic figure manipulating the sand in front of him.
The same sculpture also won fan favorite.