Bhubaneswar: The 22nd Konark Festival conluded on Monday, the 5th of December 2011. Along with this the International Sand Art Competition in the Chandrabhaga Beach along the famous Konark, also concluded and the prizes were announced.
Prize money of Rs 1 lakh was awarded to Jitendra Kishore Jagadev, Puri for the best sand art. Prize money of Rs Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 were awarded to Bulu Mohanty, Puri and Tarini Nayak, Puri for bagging the second and third positions respectively.
Along with this a Peoples Choice award was given to Bob Atisso of Ghana.
The International Sand Art Festival, had sand artists of National and International repute, Sudarshan Patnaik as the brand ambassador.
Participants from 6 countries, including Canada and the US, apart from 24 sculptors from five states viz. Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Karnataka and Odisha across the country, participated in the five-day event.
The event also witnessed the participation of International participants like Ms Kali Bradford, USA, Ms Remy Geerts, Holland, Mr. Craig Lan Mutch, Canada, Mr. Bob Atisso, Ghana, Mr. Paul Jemes Hoggard, UK, Mr. Rodrigo Demagalhaesferreira, Portugal.