2018 AGA Aquascaping Contest

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Comments from Judges

It is always a great honor and a huge pleasure to be part of jury of this awesome and so important contest. This year I had a lot of fun and learned so much with all layouts and aquascapers. Thank you so much for the honor and opportunity! Great energies from Brazil. Namaste.

André Longarco

We saw some really amazing work this year. Thank you all for sharing your tanks! If there is a word of advise I can give overall, it is to edit. As the quality of aquascapes has increased over the years, we are seeing a trend to make layouts more and more complicated in an effort to stand out. Look at your work critically. Make sure that every aspect is important to your vision. Tight editing makes all types of art more impactful!

Karen Randall

It is my pleasure to be on the judging committee this year. I see plenty of good works and am glad that AGA has quite a few different categories and tank sizes so that more works can be represented. As aquascaping competitions evolve, the trend has generally been towards ever increasing hardscape complexity. While having technical hardscape work can be impressive, plant usage and health are also important factors that should not be neglected. Consequently, aesthetics is often more affected by overall composition; play on open/negative spaces, interaction between key focal points - than by sheer amount of complex detail squeezed into a particular aquascape. I thank contestants for all their hard work; your contribution to this competition and the aquascaping world is invaluable ~

Dennis Wong

Over the years I've watched styles and skills evolve in this contest, and 2018 is no exception: the entries in Paludarium and Biotope this year show a continuing progression in talent, with an intriguing range of vision and designs. It is an honor to be involved in the judging process of such work.

Cara Wade