Judging Criteria & Guidelines
There are four basic criteria which we wish considered in the judging of the aquascapes
entered in the contest. They are:
- Overall Impression (between 1 - 35 points)
- Composition, Balance, Use of Space, Use of Color (between 1 - 30 points)
- Selection & Use of Materials (between 1 - 20 points)
- Viability of Aquascape (between 1 - 15 points)
To assist the judges, and to clarify and expand upon the basic criteria, these are some
of the things we ask each judge to consider when reviewing each entry:
- Overall Impression - maximum 35 points
- Does the aquascape make a significant positive visual impression upon the viewer?
- Do all parts of the aquascape work together to present a harmonious whole?
- Composition, Balance, Use of Space, Use of Color - maximum 30 points
- Is the aquascape laid out well?
- Does balance exist between the various components of the aquascape? Is space within the
aquarium used effectively? Do open areas exist and balance and complement more enclosed
- Are the colors of the various elements of the aquascape complementary and do they work
- Selection & Use of Materials - maximum 20 points
- Are the materials selected for use within the aquascape appropriate for use in an
- Are the various materials harmonious with one another? i.e. if several rocks and/or
pieces of driftwood are used, do they compliment one another or do they produce a
- Viability of Aquascape - maximum 15 points
- Is the aquascape set up in a manner which, with proper maintenance, is likely to lead to
long term success of the aquarium?
- If used, are the plants selected for the aquascape appropriate for long term use in an
- If visible, are the animals selected as inhabitants of the tank likely to cause damage
to one another or to the aquascape itself?