2011 AGA Aquascaping Contest

Judging and Awards

Here are the criteria that the judges are given for judging the contest:

Judging will be conducted with each entry identified only by number; i.e. the judges will not know the identity of the entrant whose entry they are considering. Judges do not communicate with each other when scoring each entry.

Within each category, each judge's rankings for the entries (based on their numerical scores) will be averaged across judges to determine the overall ranking of entries within the category. Awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) will be given to the three highest ranked entries.

After the winners are tabulated, the judges will also choose, by vote, a "Best of Show" Aquascape. They will communicate with each other over this decision.

Judges are asked provide feedback on the qualities of each entry in the contest. These comments will be placed on the website and on the final CD-ROMs, associated with the appropriate entries.

The decisions of the judges are final.

The website will have a facility allowing the general public to submit their choice for a People's Choice Award.


There are four basic criteria which we wish considered in the judging of the aquascapes entered in the contest. They are:

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: