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Houston, Houzz series, June 2017, Sandcastle contest, Smurf and Turf
For the third year in a row, team Kirksey + Metzger took home the Golden Bucket, with its creation titled Smurf and Turf. Courtesy of Benjamin Hill Photography
Houston, Houzz series, June 2017, Sandcastle contest, Quest for the Holy Pail
Rounding out the top three, the Ziegler Cooper Architects team took home the third-place honor for Quest for the Holy Pail. Courtesy of Benjamin Hill Photography
Houston, Houzz series, June 2017, Sandcastle contest, Golden Bucket award
The coveted, first-place Golden Bucket Award. Courtesy of Benjamin Hill Photography
Houston, Houzz series, June 2017, Sandcastle contest, Return of the Crawfish
Second place went to team Gensler and Harvey for Return of the Crawfish. Courtesy of Benjamin Hill Photography
Houston, Houzz series, June 2017, Sandcastle contest, Mayan Pyramid
Mayan Pyramid by Freese and Nichols won “best architectural icon." Courtesy of Benjamin Hill Photography
Houston, Houzz series, June 2017, Sandcastle contest, teams building sand castles
Teams spent months preparing, but everything came down to five hours of building. Courtesy of Benjamin Hill Photography