Dreaming of a forum for your long-repressed artistic abilities? Hoping to construct a life-size sand-version of Elvis, Jesus or someone else close to your heart, then have it washed away with the afternoon tide?

Next week, on June 20th, the annual Sandcastle Contest in Cannon Beach, Oregon, offers just the opportunity – along with the chance to have your creation gawked at by thousands of onlookers. Others may have surpassed America’s oldest sandcastle-building competition in size since its debut in 1964, but there’s something to be said for taking part in the original.

The field is limited to 150 entrants, so you may have some qualms about taking the place of an expert, but don’t worry too much; unless you’ve won in a comp before, you won’t be eligible for the “masters” competition – where the architects get serious with their sand.

Here are some of the mind-boggling entries from previous years' competitions.

Sandcastle competition, Cannon Beachphoto credit: foreclawsure via Flickr (license)

Sandcastle competition, Cannon Beachphoto credit: what now? via photopin (license)

Sandcastle competition, Cannon Beachphoto credit: dragon castle, haystack rock via photopin (license)

Sandcastle competition, Cannon Beachphoto credit: st. bernard via photopin (license)

Sandcastle competition, Cannon Beachphoto credit: sandpuppy via photopin (license)

Sandcastle competition, Cannon Beachphoto credit: sandmeowth via photopin (license)

Sandcastle competition, Cannon Beachphoto credit: Sand Split via Flickr (license)

Sandcastle competition, Cannon Beachphoto credit: sand art via photopin (license)

Sandcastle competition, Cannon Beachphoto credit: fleur via photopin (license)

Sandcastle competition, Cannon Beachphoto credit: Sandcastle at Cannon Beach via Flickr (license)

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