TWO snow sculptors from York and East Yorkshire have just returned from competing in an international snow sculpting competition in Austria.

Nigel Summersgill, 42, a master cabinet-maker and joiner of Heworth, and his friend Justin Scott, 41, of Driffield, took part in the 20th Ischgl Formen in Weis contest.

Nigel was taking part in his first such event, while it was Justin’s 10th.

Justin said they had four and a half days to complete the sculpture of a car, which won them sixth place out of ten teams competing from around the world.

As our pictures show, Justin has made a variety of sculptures over the past decade in the annual competition in the Austrian ski resort, from a shark to Elton John, which won second place in 2003.

Nigel said he had enjoyed taking part, although it had been hard work. “There was a lot of shovelling and sawing of the compacted snow.”

Justin said he had started getting involved in snow sculpting when he had gone on a skiiing holiday to Ischgl in 2000 and, as a trained figurative sculptor, had agreed to stand in for a competitor who had fallen ill.