De Beers was proud to host some of the finest ice carvers in North America at the annual Long John Jamboree in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, during the De Beers Inspired Ice NWT Ice Carving Championship, March 23-26.
After 30 hours of carving over three days, Peter Slavin from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Chris Swarbrick from Hudson, Wisconsin, took home the top prize with their work, Lake Song,
“Lake Song to us means that when you walk on the lake at night and see the Aurora (Borealis), this is our interpretation of the sound the frozen lake makes,” explains Slavin.
Sponsor De Beers Canada contributed $25,000, which helped bring teams to Yellowknife from across Canada and the U.S.. Ten teams took part in the event, including three from the Northwest Territories, carving amazing works out of big blocks of natural ice cut from Great Slave Lake, that measured nearly two metres tall by 60 cm square. Entrants also came from South Carolina, Ohio, Minnesota, Indiana, Alaska, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Alberta.
First Air was also once again the official airline of the Yellowknife Long John Jamboree.