The Aquatic Gardeners Association is pleased to announce the results for the 2020 International Aquascaping Contest, the 20th anniversary of this distinguished contest. Our contest started in 2000 as the first aquascaping contest of its kind with a mere 70 entries and has grown today to over 700 aquascapes entered in 11 different categories. The AGA is incredibly proud of what we have accomplished throughout the years and is ready to continue to represent the best aquascapers in future contests.
After an incredibly difficult year dealing with the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic, what could be better than revealing some of the most stunning aquascapes of 2020 created by some of the best aquascapers in the world? But the contest also saw many first time aquascapers participating, something which is very exciting to us. We hope to continue to improve and expand the accessibility of the contest to benefit hobbyists at every level of expertise.
As in years' past, the success of the contest depends on the hard work of our esteemed panel of judges and this year was no exception. Participating as a judge for our contest takes time away from their very busy schedules and our contest would not be the success it is today without their efforts. For this year’s Aquatic Garden categories, we have returning as expert judges, Andre Longarco (Brazil), Esther Mous (Netherlands), Juan Puchades Rufino (Spain), Kris Weinhold (USA), and first-time judge Masashi Ono (Japan). We were again very fortunate to have Marco Aukes (Netherlands) and Phil Edwards judge our Dutch category, joined this year by Vin Kutty (USA). Vin Kutty and Phil Edwards also judged the Biotope category with Ted Judy (USA). In the Paludarium category, we had the expertise of Cory Nudelman (USA) and Tanner Serpa (USA), joined by the AGA’s Karen Randall (USA), who was especially busy lending her hand judging a wide variety of categories. The judging of the Wabi-Kusa category was handled by Jo Ann Fujii (USA) in collaboration with Karen, Esther and myself (USA). The contest committee is incredibly thankful to our judges for taking time in their busy schedules to participate in our contest!
The contest would not be the success it is without the generosity of sponsors. The outstanding companies supporting this year's contest are Seachem, Oase Living Water, Ultum Nature Systems, INTAQO, Amazonas Magazine, and the Chicago Aquatic Plant Society. Thank you!
Finally, I would also like to thank Jen Williams of the AGA for providing our beautiful contest graphics. And especially this year, I would like to give a huge thank you to Erik Olson, the AGA’s tech guru, who not only handled the aquascapes as they were received by the contest and the frequent and challenging technical questions as they came up, but also spent an enormous amount of time redoing the various websites, which all the judges agree, works beautifully with much less effort than in years past. Thank you Erik, Jen, our judges, sponsors, and the AGA Contest Committee for your hard work!
So, without further ado, enjoy this year's aquascapes!
Bailin Shaw, AGA Contest Chair
Contact us by February 17, after which the placings are finalized.