Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

No two races in the open water swimming world are the same. Even the same race and the same course is usually different year to year.

So it makes sense that many awards given to swimmers in the open water world are different and unique.

The Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim in Turks & Caicos is one event that gives different and unique awards to its participants.

Stanford Handfield is an artist from Turks & Caicos who created conch shell awards for the Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim.

The owner of Fisherman Marine Art was born and raised in Turks & Caicos. He learned to live simply, using the resources from the home island. He developed a conch shell business that utilizes these ocean resources and makes natural items in the sea swim awards.

Stanford free dives for the sea shells he sells. His main business deals in using the most common shell found in Turks and Caicos Islands, the Conch shell, to create unique, beautiful and useful pieces of art.

The Race for the Conch event in Turks & Caicos is held annually in July. For more information on the event, visit

For unique awards from the SCAR Swim Challenge (belt buckles), visit here.

For unique awards from the Kingdom Swim in Vermont (walking sticks and woodals), visit here.

For unique awards given to Triple Crowners (English Channel + Catalina Channel + Around Manhattan Island), visit here.

For unique awards given by the Marathon Swimmers Federation (MSF Spork + MSF Navigator Award), visit here.

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