Time to rate the artwork made out of sand.

After announcing that anyone can win Milford’s perennial Sand Sculpture Competition this pandemic year — whether you’re on a beach in Cape Cod, East Haven or anywere else now that it’s an online event — the Milford Arts Council will cut off entries Friday, Aug. 28, for posting of entries Sunday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m., an official said recently.

Photos of the creative sand sculptures (Milford.arts on Instagram or milfordarts.org) will be posted at that point so online visitors can begin voting on the People’s Choice award. Winners will be announced on Sept. 5 on the site and on social media, including @MilfordArtsCouncil.

Instead of the annual in-person daytime event on a Saturday at Walnut Beach, the 2020 virtual version is a nod to the shifting sands of a new normal with artistry from anywhere in the world. And instead of a quick mention about donations to keep the event going, there will be a $100 People’s Choice award and other category awards that require at least a $5 donation upon entry. (The goal is to raise $5,000 for the contest expenses, MAC survival and supplies for students and artists affected by the pandemic.)

MAC’s charge to participatants is “shovel up, mask up and create!” Safety is a big concern, of course, considering the collaboration employed in crafting these sculptures of transient charm. Categories this year are Quaranteams, Families, Couples, Individuals 15 and up and Individuals under 15. Entries (at milfordarts.org) require name, team name & category, team members with ages, name of sand sculpture, social media info, city and beach, along with donation amount.

Rules include: Sculptures must be created this summer for the contest. Hoes, spatulas and other non-power tools are OK to use. Winners will be chosen from eligible entries by the MAC Sandcastle Committee. This is not a professional or masters-level contest.

No superstructures or permanent forms of any kind may be incorporated in your structure but forms smaller than 2-feet square (flower pots, milk cartons, buckets, etc.) may be used as forms. Sculptures must consist of sand only with the exception of wood, rocks, shells, etc., found on the beach and used as decorations only.

Connecticut Media Group