Winners 2021


‘Best on the Beach’ chosen by Guest Judge from category winners below. Wins the Driftwood & Sand Trophy and $100 cash from Cuff Accountants

Public Choice Public Vote

The public want to be hit by the WOW factor, and popular choice will often be something that is highly photogenic and easily recognisable. But, who really knows what will appeal to our discerning voters…?

Most Humorous Public Vote

Make them laugh: The voters are looking for anything that puts a smile on their faces. It could be a pun in the title, clever use of materials, or a bit of black humour.

Most Avant-Garde

The judge is looking for a clever conceptual composition using light, form, colour, and texture. Perhaps it will be artistically abstract and carry a message; or it could be remarkably simple.

Best Student Entry

Open to all school age children up to 18 years. The judge will be looking for an impressive beach artwork, taking age into account. Note - student entries are eligible for all other categories. 

Runner up for Best Student Entry

Family pass to the West Coast Treetop Walkway

Most Natural

Cruise on Mahinapua Creek with Scenic Waterways

This sculpture will use only what nature has provided on the beach. No foreign fixings and fastenings, no manufactured materials.

Most Ambitious

Come up with a sculpture that challenges the laws of physics... the judge wants to see you stretch the boundaries of time, space, and imagination!

One Ocean Prize

NZ Geographic (year subscription) sponsored by DOC

An artwork depicting any aspect of our precious life-giving oceans. It could include marine plants or animals, or be a simple conservation message.

Voting - A gold coin allows the public to vote for the Public Choice and Most Humorous.  Voting opens on Friday 28th and closes at 1pm on Sunday 30th January 2021.

Prizegiving is at 2pm on Sunday 30th January.

The Overall winner is chosen from the winners of the other prize categories and takes home the Driftwood & Sand trophy. All other prizes are generously donated by Te Tai Poutini/West Coast businesses.  We encourage our sponsors to offer prizes with a local or environmental theme, such as adventure activities, accommodation and leisure pursuits that celebrate the diversity of this region.  

Ngā mihi nui to all of our generous sponsors!