As the sun set in downtown Anchorage early Sunday evening, competitors in the "Crystal Gallery of Ice" competition were putting the finishing touches on their intricate ice art carvings, created in just three days.
Winners in the annual competition, hosted by Anchorage Downtown Partnership, were announced hours later as spotlights illuminated the carvings in Town Square against a dark winter sky.
Ten teams of two people each carved their block of ice over the weekend. Teams started on Friday morning and worked until 4 p.m. Sunday. As they finished their pieces, crowds began to gather in town square. Several other works, scattered around downtown Anchorage, were also in various stages of completion on Sunday.
A five-judge panel assigned scores to the works, and announced the winners after the Sunday deadline.