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The national championships in snow sculpture were held in Juuka, in the North Karelia region during the weekend. The snow sculptors competed in three categories: solo, group and art. The theme of the year was Finland’s centenary.
The work of Jukka Kytömäki (from Mäntyharju) won the solo competition. The sculpture was called Suomalainen patentti 4. (The Finnish Patent 4.).
The winner of the group competition was a local team from Juuka (Kyösti Nykänen, Jukka Nykänen and Risto Repo). Their sculpture Juuret Juuassa (Roots in Juuka) which depicted a slide, nailed the idea of functionality perfectly. The works submitted to the group category were to be playable by children.
In the art category, the winner was a team from Kouvola, southern Finland. The work of Antti Kolppo, Ari-Pekka Kuusela and Aleksi Salakka. The sculpture was titled Näytit maailmalle (A show to the world).
The competition started on Friday. 24 teams competed in the group category, while 47 snow sculptors competed in the championships in total. During Saturday the competitors sculpted their works around the clock.
Watch the video from the competition: