On Saturday, the 27th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest took place, bringing sand sculptors of all ages to the beach. Participants ranged from amateur to semi-professionals, with prizes given out in four categories: family, individual adult, group adult and people's choice.
Photographer Sai Mokhtari was on the scene, reporting back that the same participant won individual adult and people's choice, noting "he was hustling and working super hard and lobbying the crowd all day for the people's choice award." All in all he took home a well-deserved $1,000 for his artistic piece.
The double-winner. (Photo by Sai Mokhtari)
Click through for more photos of the final products as well as the artists at work.