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Photos: Inaugural Rockaway Sandcastle Contest

<p>Jen DeNike's "She was dreaming of castles made of sand" won third place.</p>


<p>Tom Sach's team dug a hole to China and had to chase away naturally curious children.</p>


<p>Dustin Yellin's "bowl cuts" brought a barber shop and a bowling alley to the beach.<br/></p>



<p>Jen DeNike said of her sandcastle: "[It was conceived] through a dream... we had to use a little water... we piled up sand in the measure of the woman and then whittled it down, it was a reduction process... creating it was a form of meditation... the concept around it was that it was midsummer, really hot, and the castle represents the fantasies you can have."<br/></p>


<p>Shelter Serra did a tiny, immaculate, traditional castle.<br/></p>





Kenya Robinson's "Female Prostate"


<p>Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw integrated themselves into their castle, which won first place.<br/></p>




<p>Dustin Yellin's "bowl cuts" brought a barber shop and a bowling alley to the beach.<br/></p>



<p>An amateur contender.<br/></p>


<p>Boats at the bottom of Marie Lorenz's Roman coliseum.<br/></p>