Photos: Bermuda Beach Art Festival Winners

March 21, 2016

The Bermuda Beach Art Festival was held on Saturday, March 19 on beaches across the island, with the Best Overall Entry being named as “La Garza” by Tara Cassidy.

A spokesperson said, “Despite predictions of rain, the Festival enjoyed near perfect conditions.

“Even sharing Horseshoe Bay Beach with the Bermuda Triple challenge did not deter Bermuda’s beach artists. In a unique collaboration, the Triple Challenge and the Beach Art enthusiasts shared the beach in harmony.

“The Bermuda Beach Art Festival are very grateful to the Triple Challenge organisers for being so accommodating and to the Bermuda Regiment personnel who truly looked out for us!

“Thirty individuals and teams entered the competition with 21 completing their designs and submitting their photographs by deadline to vie for $1000.00 in cash prizes. The competition was stiff and judges and organisers Nicky Gurrett and Lynne Matcham were challenged to place the winning designs.”

“The level of artistry and technique of the entries has really grown since we first started back in 2011’, said Nicky Gurret. “We were really pleased with the results!Selecting the winners was very difficult.”

“Local beach artists and past winners Hannah Emmerson and Tara Cassidy held the Beach Art Workshops this year, sharing their expertise and generously volunteering their time, to assist competitors in honing their skills.

“Sebastian Matcham of Subtropik web design created a state-of-the-art website for the Bermuda Beach Art Festival to enable competitors, for the first time, to upload their entries directly to the website, which avoided the complications of past years sending entries via e-mail. The community can view this year’s winning designs, along with past years’, by visiting our website.

“We are very grateful of our sponsors, CHUBB and FIL, for assisting us in holding this great eco art event,” added Lynne Matcham.

“The event has grown year over year and it is through their sponsorship year over year that it has grown. Beach art is a celebration of Bermuda’s beautiful, pristine beaches and is a form of landscape art, where only a rake is used to etch incredible designs in the sand between the low and high tide mark.

“The designs are impermanent and washed away by the next high tide.”

Best Overall Entry: La Garza – Tara Cassidy


First Place Adult: ‘Bob’ by Dennis

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Second Place Adult: POW: Rake in de Face – Ishrat & Kim

Pow Rake in de Face

Third Place Adult: Lionfish – Adrienne Smatt


First Place Teen: Celtic Symbol – Sarah Weight

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Second Place Teen: Abstract – Christian & Laurel


Third Place Teen: Whale – Kaitlin McCallum


First Place Family: Mrithula Mohan

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Second Place Family: Nirvana

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Other Participants:

Adult: Stacey Robinson – Heart Beach

Heart Beach

Adult: Team Burt

Team Burt

Teen: Camille & Adrianna

Camille & Adrianna

Adult Team AA

Team AA

Adult: Bermuda Yoga

Bermuda Yoga

Teen: Noelle Weight

Noelle Weight

Adult: Light & Stormy

Light & Stormy

Adult: Sandkastle Skanking

Sandkastle Skanking

Adult: Chin Gurrett

Chin Gurrett

Adult: Hannah Emmerson

Hannah Emmerson

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  1. The Critic says:

    Great work everyone! Just curious, how did Tara Cassidy’s design win Best Overall entry? At a glance and comparing to the other designs above it appears to be one of the more basic non-artistic and less appealing – to me anyways.

    • Joey-Bag-O'Doughnuts says:

      It’s probably about knowing a friend of a friend of a friend.

  2. nicky says:

    I do hope both of you come to the free workshop we have offered next year and you can learn and ask questions and try and do one yourself. It is not about knowing a friend of a friend, In the end The Beach Art was judged on the image that were sent in. If either of you want to attend next year we can certainly explain it to you in person? I do hope you come with your questions. see you next year.

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