JudgingWhat the judges are looking for:
Judging a sand sculpture is like comparing the beauty of a tulip to a rose - it’s subjective with the elements of technical difficulty and artistic merit.
- Wow Factor 30%
A. What’s your first impression (the piece’s ability to capture your attention)?
B. The sculpture’s ability to make you think; its appeal to you on an emotional level.
- Artistic Merit 30%
A. The quality of the composition and the overall skill displayed in the carving.
B. Perceived quality or value as a work of art - expressed action, realism, abstraction, and/or animation?
- Overall design 20%
A. Overall composition and use of the elements of composition (balance, rhythm, contrast, etc.)
B. Use of the elements of design (lines, shapes, textures, overall form, etc.)
C. Consistent and accurate proportions (or effective manipulation, as in a forced perspective).
D. Display of imagination, originality, creativity & concept.
E. Continuity of theme (consistent quality throughout the sculpture and effective use of the sand).
- Technical difficulty 20%
A. Does the piece display the sculptor’s ability to maximize the sand’s potential?
B. Height, depth, mass.
C. Verticality, cut-through’s, overhangs and undercuts.
D. Consistent quality (display of sculptor’s ability to use the time and sand effectively).
When judging a sand sculpture, the “Wow Factor” plays a critical role: What’s your first impression? What emotions are stirred in your heart? What’s the impact?
The judges look for a wide variety of things when judging the work of the internationally renowned sand sculptors. The key elements are: artistic merit, overall design, creativity, originality, consistency, accurate proportions, illusion of movement, expressive faces and details. Also considered is general balance of the design along with use of sand, and a consistent theme.
Sand can fall down so judges also look at technical difficulty, scrutinizing the use of impossible-looking overhangs, cut-through’s, height, hollowing out, arches and delicate narrow elements, along with the sculptor's general control of the sand.
When you are selecting your favourite sculptures, consider the following and see how close you can get to the judges' outcomes: