International Snow Sculpture Contest

International Snow Sculpture Contest

The International Snow Sculpture Contest, which began in 1974 (the 25th Sapporo Snow Festival), is a contest in which teams from countries, regions, and cities around the world compete to create snow sculptures.
The snow sculptures, which are packed full of unique international flavor, are created during the Snow Festival, and it is the only event at the Odori Site where visitors can see the snow sculptures being made up close making it a hit with everyone.

The 2022 event has been cancelled.
* The following is information from 2020.

The 47th International Snow Sculpture Contest Participating Teams

  • Winner
    • Participating Country
      THAILAND
    • Title

      Future in our hand

    Climate change have become an increasing threat to species across the planet. SEA TUTTLES, for Example sea turtle are classified as threatened or endangered due to human actions and lifestyles. Sea turtles are affected by beach nourishment and dredging during the nesting season, sea turtle bycatch, illegal trade of eggs, meat, and shells. It is up to us to give nature hope for their continued survival.

    Members / Profiles
    Kusol Bunkobsongserm / Employee
    Amnoaysak Srisuk / Employee
    Kitsana Wongtes / Freelance
  • Runner-up
    • Participating Country
      INDONESIA
    • Title

      Orang Utan the Endangered Habitat

    "MAWAS, another name for Orang Utans are a great Apes with long arms and reddish brown haired that mostly live in the tropical forests of Indonesia, especially on the Islands of Kalimantan and Sumatra, which is currently an endangered habitat. It is our responsible to take action now, to ""Save the Orang Utans""."

    Members / Profiles
    Giri Subagio / Chef Artist
    Mardianto Arief Zamar / Artist
    Sapto Hudoyo / Artist Production
  • Third Prize
    • Participating Country
      FINLAND
    • Title
      THE SPIRAL

    We must turn inward if we really want to know and love ourselves. From these never-ending journeys we return with infinite power and wisdom.

    Members / Profiles
    Anna Koivukangas / Visual Artist
    Minniina Laajoki / Designer
    Ville Arkonkoski / Workshop Master
  • Fourth Prize
    • Participating Country
      SINGAPORE
    • Title
      XYZ Star

    We see patterns, shapes and geometry that forms the harmonic world we live in. They may be individually fragmented, but beautifully piece together.
    Influenced by the Japanese kusudama origami, this sculpture is inspired by the late Singaporean mathematician, Francis Ow. This star-shaped sculpture is formed with 6 triangles along the X-Y-Z axis.

    Members / Profiles
    Loh Tze Joo /Artist
    Edmund Chan / Artist
    Anton Chen / Artist
  • Fifth Prize
    • Participating Country
      MACAO(CHINA)
    • Title
      Galloping

    Pegasus gallops freely in the sky living in a happy and peaceful environment, which symbolizes that people of the world encourage world peace with full energy and work together to build a better tomorrow.

    Members / Profiles
    Perry Yuen / VP of Food and Beverage
    Lon Hou In / Chef
    Wong Heng Lam / Chef

The 47th International Snow Sculpture Contest Participating Teams

    • Participating Country
      AUSTRALIA
    • Title
      "Waratah" Australian Native Flower

    The Waratah is a bright red flower head, surrounded by dark green leaves and is only found in the Australian bush. Waratah is an indigenous Aboriginal word meaning "beautiful" and is a floral emblem for the state of New South Wales.

    Members / Profiles
    Scott Sheehan / Art Director
    Anna Marie Taberdo / Art Sculptor
    Jasmine Corr / Art teacher
    • Participating Country
      FINLAND
    • Title
      THE SPIRAL

    We must turn inward if we really want to know and love ourselves. From these never-ending journeys we return with infinite power and wisdom.

    Members / Profiles
    Anna Koivukangas / Visual Artist
    Minniina Laajoki / Designer
    Ville Arkonkoski / Workshop Master
    • Participating Country
      HAWAII
    • Title
      Pele the Volcano Fire Goddess

    On the Big Island of Hawaii, there is a Volcano name Kilauea. They say, when it is active and the lava and fire comes out, you will see "Pele arise in the fire doing a hula to the gods in heaven."

    Members / Profiles
    Dale Radomski / Ice Carver
    Charlie Matsuda / IceCarver
    Norimitsu Wada-Goode /Sushi Chef
    • Participating Country
      INDONESIA
    • Title
      Orang Utan the Endangered Habitat

    MAWAS, another name for Orang Utans are a great Apes with long arms and reddish brown haired that mostly live in the tropical forests of Indonesia, especially on the Islands of Kalimantan and Sumatra, which is currently an endangered habitat.
    It is our responsible to take action now, to "Save the Orang Utans".

    Members / Profiles
    Giri Subagio / Chef Artist
    Mardianto Arief Zamar /Artist
    Sapto Hudoyo / Artist Production
    • Participating Country
      LITHUANIA
    • Title
      THE HOME

    This year our work is dedicated to the memory of Chiune Sugihara. Consul of Japan, 1939-1940 who resided in Kaunas, Lithuania, during WWII. Risking his life, he saved thousands of people from the Holocaust and gave them "visas for life". HOME was chosen as the image to represent the idea. Home is the physical and spiritual definition. Home is a symbol of life. Sometimes Home is a steaming cup of matcha tea on the table. Sometimes Home is the opened door for returnees; or Hachikō, dog ready to wait for all the eternity; or maybe the given visa, the ticket for life, despite terrible circumstances, still an opportunity to have THE HOME...

    Members / Profiles
    Tomas Petreikis / Architect
    Kestutis Lanauskas /Sculptor
    Arturas Burneika / Sculptor
    • Participating Country
      MACAO(CHINA)
    • Title
      Galloping

    Pegasus gallops freely in the sky living in a happy and peaceful environment, which symbolizes that people of the world encourage world peace with full energy and work together to build a better tomorrow.

    Members / Profiles
    Perry Yuen / VP of Food and Beverage
    Lon Hou In / Chef
    Wong Heng Lam / Chef
    • Participating Country
      MONGOLIA
    • Title
      Mother Nature

    Mother Nature snow sculpture was inspired by the writing in the ancient book about the Mongolians coming all the way through the oceans till the three rivers beginning, to settle at the Burkhan Khaldum mountain. They respect the sky as the father, the nature as the mother. So, the mother nature was shown in the form of a woman, as well as the Mongolian historical vision of mountains, rivers, sun and the moon was expressed. On the other side of the sculpture , the good relations between the two countries was shown. The mountain and the cloud is representing Mongolia, while the sun is the representing of Japan.

    Members / Profiles
    SODNOMDARJAA BAYARSAIKHAN /Artist
    GANBAATAR BATAAKHUU /Artist
    BATZORIG ALTANGEREL /Sculptor
    • Participating Country
      POLAND
    • Title
      CHOPIN COMPETITION

    The inspiration for the resulting spatial form, literally referring to piano fragments, was the search for Polish-Japanese relationships. A common element between our nations is admiration for the works of Fryderyk Chopin. Sculpture "Chopin Cometition" combines music with sculpture and our nations into an inseparable whole, whose common denominator is the universality of art.

    Members / Profiles
    Malgorzata Wisniewska / University Professor
    Dariusz Sitek / University Professor
    Mariusz Burdek / University Professor
    • Participating Country
      SINGAPORE
    • Title
      XYZ Star

    We see patterns, shapes and geometry that forms the harmonic world we live in. They may be individually fragmented, but beautifully piece together.
    Influenced by the Japanese kusudama origami, this sculpture is inspired by the late Singaporean mathematician, Francis Ow. This star-shaped sculpture is formed with 6 triangles along the X-Y-Z axis.

    Members / Profiles
    Loh Tze Joo / Artist
    Edmund Chan / Artist
    Anton Chen / Artist
    • Participating Country
      THAILAND
    • Title
      Future in our hand

    Climate change have become an increasing threat to species across the planet. SEA TUTTLES, for Example sea turtle are classified as threatened or endangered due to human actions and lifestyles. Sea turtles are affected by beach nourishment and dredging during the nesting season, sea turtle bycatch, illegal trade of eggs, meat, and shells. It is up to us to give nature hope for their continued survival.

    Members / Profiles
    Kusol Bunkobsongserm / Employee
    Amnoaysak Srisuk / Employee
    Kitsana Wongtes / Freelance
    • Participating Country
      <SISTERCITY> PORTLAND(U.S.A.)
    • Title
      Stumptown

    Stumptown Portland Oregon's Nickname. Helps to inspire this sculpture. A friendry forest scene within a Stump.
    A unique shadow box design will protect from weather reduce sun glare and allow a mixture of 3D. Base relief and etching.

    Members / Profiles
    Barry Swires / Artist
    Joseph May / Painter
    Lauren Cady /Hair dresser

International snow sculpture competitions library

Here are the results of past international snow sculpture competitions.

  • 2019

    46th
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Thailand
      • Title
        Betta Brilliance - The Beauty and Strength of Thailand
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Macao(China)
      • Title
        Sharing Prosperity
  • 2018

    45th
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Thailand
      • Title
        Gai Chon
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Macao(China)
      • Title
        Harmony
  • 2017

    44th
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Macao(China)
      • Title
        Crane Dance in Spring
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Latvia
      • Title
        Wooden dreams
  • 2016

    43rd
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Latvia
      • Title
        The Bridge
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Macao(China)
      • Title
        Golden Lotus Flower Embraced By Dragon
  • 2015

    42nd
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Thailand
      • Title
        The Ubiquitous TUK-TUK
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Finland
      • Title
        Yearning
  • 2014

    41st
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        <SISITER CITY> DAEJEON METROPOLITAN CITY (Korea)
      • Title
        Mebius globe
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Hong Kong
      • Title
        The Jumping Qilin
  • 2013

    40th
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Thailand
      • Title
        The Artist From the Wild
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Finland
      • Title
        Can you hear the trill?
  • 2012

    39th
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Hong Kong
      • Title
        The Leaping Dragon
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Sweden
      • Title
        Sweden no OMIYAGE
  • 2011

    38th
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Lithuania
      • Title
        THE WORLD IS OUR HIVE. BE RESPONSIBLE.
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Finland
      • Title
        IMPRINT
  • 2010

    37th
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Thailand
      • Title
        Kraithong
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        New Zealand
      • Title
        Taniwha
  • 2009

    36th
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Thailand
      • Title
        Garuda and Naga
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Lithuania
      • Title
        Glove
  • 2008

    35th
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Thailand
      • Title
        FAMILY (Father And Mother, I Love You)
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Hong Kong
      • Title
        Lion in Motion
  • 2007

    34th
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Hong Kong
      • Title
        Dragon in Motion
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Thailand
      • Title
        120 Anniversary of Japan-Thailand Diplomatic Relationship 2007
  • 2006

    33rd
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Canada
      • Title
        Fighting Walrus
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Malaysia
      • Title
        Malaysia's 8 Species of Hornbills
  • 2005

    32nd
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Canada
      • Title
        Holding back the Wilderness
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Shanghai (China)
      • Title
        Embattled Conqueror of West Chu Hsiang-Yu
  • 2004

    31st
    • Winner
      • Participating Country
        Sweden
      • Title
        "KLO" (means "claw")
    • Runner-up
      • Participating Country
        Thailand
      • Title
        THAI CHILDREN WITH BUFFALOES
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