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The Masters Class is for solo competitors of the highest level in today's world of professional sand sculpting. These individuals, who may travel here from all over the world, compete over a number of days beginning with the organizational meeting on Thursday November 2, and finishing the sculpting on Sunday at noon. They will vie for cash prizes in the top three places determined by the jury vote, as well as other ASF medals that are: The Peoples Choice Award, (popular vote of the spectators on the beach by ballot) and The Sculptors Choice Award.( a peer recognition award determined by the sculptors choosing their favorites from amongst their fellow competitors). Visit this page for: Detailed Masters Class Info
There is also an exhibition piece of Master level work that is not in the race for the medals, which is a communal effort of a number of the attending pros that is also on display..
The amateur division is always run on Sunday (this year November 5). It includes categories for teams of up to five persons in four open amateur divisions including a hotly contested (in a friendly rivalry) Business division. These teams and individuals compete for trophies and bragging rights. Go here for: Detailed Amateur Divisions info.
The awards for both divisions and all categories are announced and presented in the afternoon on the final Sunday. The awards presentation are alternated annually at one hotel one year and the other hotel the next year. The hotel that does not have the awards presentation is the hotel that will feature the demonstration sculpture. This year, the awards presentation is on the large pool deck and Tiki Hut bar area at the Outrigger Beach Resort. The demo sculpture is located at the Holiday Inn on the Beach.
The work is judged by a jury panel of at least six, but not more than twelve members. Half the panel is selected as judges because they have a background in the visual arts. The other half are lay persons of various backgrounds. They all judge the works in various ways, being there is no mandatory criteria for the judges or the sculptors, though criteria guidelines are provided to both the sculptors and judges should either party feel they want to use it as a guideline. The sculptors are mostly familiar with this criteria from other events, and usually incorporate some or all of it anyway. For the criteria suggestions visit the Masters Class info page. It can be argued that all judgments of a subjective nature are primarily opinion based, and no one can be wrong in their individual preferences. But obviously persons of artistic natures will have somewhat different opinions than persons not visually versed. Being that this show is produced for the masses, basically as a commercial venture driven by popular appeal, the producers have chosen to format the judging this way. It is to attempt a balance in the representation of artistic types (since the competitors are artists) and also of the common culture (because the show is for the general population) The difference in the results from a show that is judge this way as opposed to shows judged by all artists or even the competitors themselves is actually quite negligible, due to the wide variations and discrepancies in personal tastes and cultural values. All events are subject to some persons feeling that the judging results are not satisfactory simply because we are all indeed individuals with different perceptions. Since it is practically universally agreed you can't please everyone all of the time, the producers are implementing this method of judging for the reasons stated above, combined with the fact that they think that overall, this is the most fair method, to the most people (including the audience that the show is geared to and who ultimately supports the event)
The Amateurs are judged by representatives from the Masters Class.
For complete details about schedules, rules, regulations, awards and judging aspects, etc., visit the Masters Class info and Amateur Divisions info pages
The Outrigger Beach Resort is located at 6200 Estero Boulevard, on the gulf coast of Florida. The Holiday Inn on the Beach is just a few blocks south at 6890 Estero Blvd.
both mailing addresses include: Fort Myers Beach, Florida. USA 33931
The Southwest Florida International Airport is approximately a 30 minute drive from both hotels. Interstate 75 is the main artery by car.
For more detailed directions, visit the Outrigger Maps & Directions Page and the Holiday Inn on the Beach Maps & Directions Page
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