WorldSkills: awards for this year’s naming for the most skilled stonemasons went to Austria, Brazil, Korea and the United Kingdom respectively

A young Austrian stonemason took this year’s gold medal for the most skilled craftsman: Marius Golser chalked up a total of 538 points taking first prize ahead of Brazil’s Djalma Rodrigues. Two bronze medals were awarded, i.e. to Korea’s Tae Hun Kim (521 points) and Sam Turner of the U.K. (519 points).

The WorldSkills, as the competition is officially called, are awarded bi-annually and took place from August 12th to 15th 2015 in Brazil’s megalopolis São Paulo. With it, these 43rd awards were distributed in Latin America for the first time ever.

The object of the competition is to perform a practical task at the highest possible standard of craftsmanship within a set timeframe and despite the added stress of visitors’ watchful eyes. The organizers were expecting some 200,000 visitors to the event.

The entire competition includes exchange of skills and news with colleagues from around the world as well as a big closing celebration.

The Medallion for Excellence is awarded to participants obtaining 500 points or more. These were Brayan Berger of France (514 points), Michael Egli of Switzerland (511 points) and Gabriel Wellenzohn of South Tyrol, Italy (500 points).

We show photos of all participants and their accompanying experts below.

The next WorldSkills will take place from October 14th to 19th 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

WorldSkills São Paulo, August 12th – 15th, 2015

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi, October 14th to 19th, 2017

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(30.09.2015, USA: 09.30.2015)