The Aquatic Gardeners Association is pleased to announce the results for the 2016 International Aquascaping Contest. We had another outstanding year and came close to achieving another record for entries, with more than 500 aquascapes submitted to this year’s contest. Nearly all of the categories in this year’s contest had record participation and some outstanding biotopes, paludariums, and Dutch aquascapes were also submitted.
As in years past, the success of the contest is dependent on the hard work of our esteemed panel of judges. Without their willingness to take time from their busy schedules to participate in our contest, our Aquascaping contest would not be the success it is today. For this year, we have the AGA’s own Karen Randall, André Longarco of Aquabase Brazil, Balbi Vaquero of Fish Corner from Spain, and Domenico Losciale of Anubias from Italy. We were also fortunate to again have Marco Aukes judge our Dutch category and we hope to continue to grow our Dutch category even more for next year. Phil Edwards assisted with the Biotope and Dutch categories. Thank you judges for taking time out of your busy schedule to judge the contest; they are truly appreciated by our contestants and the AGA.
Our contest would not be the success it is without our contest sponsors. We had some outstanding companies support this year's contest including Seachem Laboratories, Aqua Forest Aquarium, Florida Aquatic Nurseries, Dr. Tim’s Aquatics, Ista Products, Invertebrates by Msjinkzd, Green Aqua LLC, and the Chicago Aquatic Plant Society. We also received support from two individual sponsors, Ben Belton and Bernat Hosta. Thank you! Each contribution is greatly appreciated and ensures the continued success of our contest!
Finally, I would like to thank ... Cheryl Rogers for providing this year’s contest graphics. And a huge thank you to Erik Olson our tech guru, who does all the behind the scenes work to ensure that the contest runs smoothly. So, without further ado, enjoy this year's aquascapes!
AGA Contest Chair