What a great year for the AGA International Aquascaping Contest! 2011 had a record number of entries, nearly doubling our previous best year. We had so many entries that we had to add extra categories, creating even more winners. As a bonus, the nano tanks got their own category this year which they surely deserve.
We also have a new award this year, the "Larry Lampert Most Innovative" award sponsored by Zoo Med Laboratories, Inc., to honor our recently departed friend and AGA President, Larry.
We had a fantastic judging panel to whom we are grateful: Karen Randall - USA, Oliver Knott - Germany, Inderjeet Singh Bansal - India, Luca Galarraga - Brazil, Drinda Jacobson - USA, and Phil Edwards - USA. Shout out to Phil who not only helped to solicit sponsors but also stepped in to judge the Biotope and Paludarium categories (for which he is imminently suited) when Drinda had a last-minute conflict. The judges worked very hard this year to get the results in on time due to the record number of entries and additional categories.
Thanks to our sponsors: Seachem, Zoo Med, Aquabid.com, Aquatic Eco-Systems, Kingfish Services, DFWAPC, Segrest Farms, and Fishchick Aquatics. We appreciate your generosity. Thanks also to the individuals who donated; Tomasz Sutkowski, Choong Yan, and Mark Briegel.
Erik Olson did a crack job of implementing the technical side of the contest for entry and judging. He also kept the judges focused and on time, and answered their many questions. This year he burned the midnight oil to re-code the contest web site so that it loads faster and has many new features. When viewing an entry, click on the main aquascape to load a slide show of the photos.
Erik had web design help from Amit S. Bapat. Thanks, Amit for helping to making the design clean and attractive. Bailin Shaw also helped Erik to round up those pesky photo releases.
Jen Williams created the beautiful web headers, banners, and ad in The Aquatic Gardener for this year's contest. Thank you, Jen, and good job as usual!
Last but not least, a big thank-you to the volunteers who helped to translate text and post about the contest online:
Alexander Beshlega of aquaforum.ua,
Alexandre Augusto of Aqualinea Aquarismo,
George Farmer of UKAPS,
Kris Weinhold of GWAPA,
and Luca Zivoli.
AGA Aquascaping Contest Chair