Magdalen Islands Sandcastle Contest
35th edition - virtual
“One for all, all for one”
To be eligible for the contest, all participants must comply with the following guidelines:
- During the Covid-19 pandemic period, you must respect the health rulings of the authorities in force in your region when choosing the location for the construction for your castle (courtyard, park or beach).
- The competition is divided into 3 categories : Adult, Family, International.
- Adult: The team can be composed of a maximum of 7 members aged 16 and over.
- Family: The team can be composed of a maximum of 7 members and must include a minimum of one child 16 years old and under.
- International: The team may consist of a maximum of 7 members and must include a minimum of one child 16 years old and under. All participants must reside outside of Canada.
- This is a “sandcastle” contest, so you must build a castle with water and sand only. No decorations made of wood, shells or other materials will be accepted. Coloured sand is also prohibited.
- No powered tools will be accepted for the construction of your castle. However, during the construction of your castle you are allowed to use hand tools, boards of any kind, containers, plywood… but at the end of the contest, your castle will have to stand alone, without the assistance of any equipment.
- Each team must be identified by a poster (provided by our team), containing your name and team number as well as your category. To be eligible for the competition, you will have to build your castle in one day, between Saturday, August 1 and Wednesday, August 5, 2020.
You must email email@example.com the same day you build your castle:
- A photo of your team members complete with your identification poster.
- A “front view” photo of your castle with your identification poster.
- A ”back view” photo of your castle with your identification poster.
- You can add a video of your team and your castle with your identification poster. (See the document of instructions for the recording of a good video).
- Please note that your photos and videos will be published on the official day of the contest on our social networks and that we reserve the right to use them for promotional purposes for future editions.
- On the day of the contest, Saturday, August 8 at 4:00 pm, the winners in each category will be chosen by a jury according to the following evaluation criteria:
- Artistic merit, originality and theme – 45 points
- Daring and technical ingenuity – 25 points
- Compliance to the rules – 30 points
The 35th edition, presented virtually, will be divided by three categories. Note that all of the prizes listed below will be attributed by a JURY.
The team can be composed of a maximum of 7 members aged 16 and over.
1st place: 1000$ | 2nd place: 500$ | 3rd place: 100$
The team can be composed of a maximum of 7 members and must include a minimum of one child 16 years old and under.
1st place: 500$ | 2nd place: 250$ | 3rd place: 100$
The team may consist of a maximum of 7 members and must include a minimum of one child 16 years old and under. All participants must reside outside of Canada.
1st place: 500$ | 2nd place: 250$ | 3rd place: 100$
Tips and tricks
- Choose the construction site of your castle, in accordance with the sanitary rules of the authorities of your region and close to the water (beach) or a water outlet. Beware of the tides if you choose a beach.
- Draw up a plan determining the style you wish to exploit.
- Define everyone’s tasks: shoveling, carving, and carrying water.
- Provide containers, sprays or other ingenious solutions for transporting water to your castle.
- Build a sand mound using lots of water and compacting the sand as you go. Remove any dirt (branches, hay, waste) and press the sand down well, the grains will adhere better and are more suitable for carving.
- It is essential to always carve starting from the top and gradually working down to the bottom of the mound.
- Spray your castle regularly with water to prevent the wind or sun from drying it out. These two natural elements are the worst enemies of your creation and could destroy your castle.
- It is possible to use wooden formwork to build the levels of your castle. Preferably, the forms should be at an oblique angle to the ground in order to prevent the sand from collapsing when the formwork is removed. Wet the ground well so that the base supports the castle.
- To sculpt, listen to your child’s heart, be daring and let your imagination run wild. Remember, build from top to bottom.
- Clean up the construction site around your castle before taking the photos. Be careful not to forget tools in the sand when you leave. Let’s protect the environment.
- Practical tools for the construction of your castle: utensils, spatulas, shovels of different sizes, sprays, bucket with or without bottom, biscuit moulds, brush, comb, plastic blade, wooden planks etc. Don’t forget, no powered tools, no decoration or coloured sand; sand and water only.
- Don’t be discouraged, sometimes it takes several attempts to build a part of your castle. Don’t take yourself too seriously, have fun with the theme and dress up. Remember, a sand castle is ephemeral.
For the video recording...
- Always film yourself with the camera horizontal. Plan a video of about 1 minute to 1 minute and 30 seconds.
- Use a tripod or place your camera or phone on something fixed. Avoid holding your camera in your hand as the image will always move.
- Be careful of backlighting: do not film with the sun behind you, do not stand in front of a window indoors. Your light source should be in front of you.
- Take a good look at what makes up our framing, pay attention to the things around our subject (e.g. can, tools).
- For your framing, don’t leave too much space above your head or stand too far away from the camera.
- Shoot in the quietest possible location, paying special attention to wind and traffic.
- Do not play music in the background while filming yourself, editing a speech with music that does not follow is a challenge and it almost takes away the possibility of adding music to the edit.
- Choose a well-lit location, and avoid wearing a cap as it creates shadows in the face.
- Avoid logos on your clothing as much as possible. (e.g. beer company logo)
Thank you and good luck to all of our contenders!
Important: After sending your registration, please wait for our confirmation email. We will send you the following documents: your team information (name, number and category), official rules, the different prizes and some tips and tricks.